News Roundup - Sat, Feb 24, 2018

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News Roundup - Sat, Feb 24, 2018

February 24, 2018 - 21:54
Written by: HousamNajjair

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, Adel Jumaa, confirmed that the ministry dismissed a teacher after beating students in one of the classrooms in the city of Sabha. Jumaa said in a press statement on Friday that the ministry adopted the decision by the Office of Education in Sabha to dismiss the teacher after the assault was proven to be true. He added that the ministry had issued a plan to education offices in the regions to form committees to investigate all violations related to school bullying. Earlier, a video was circulated on Wednesday on social networking sites showing a teacher foot whipping two students in a school in Sabha.

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The United Nations and African and European Union missions in Libya have welcomed the progress made through the voluntary return program of illegal immigrants. In a joint statement, the international missions stressed the need to improve the conditions of migrants and refugees in detention centers, including the empowerment of United Nations agencies and humanitarian actors, and called on the Libyan authorities to take practical steps to facilitate the deportations of refugees. The UN, AU and EU missions expressed their continued support for the Libyan authorities in their efforts to address the issue of illegal immigration. According to the statement, the missions urged that a gradual solution to arbitrary detention be put in place, and to avoid the detention of children and other vulnerable individuals, and to work on the future closure of detention centers.

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Libya has been ranked 171 in latest corruption perceptions data by Transparency International for the year 2017 out of 180 countries. Libya was awarded 17 points out of an available 100, with a total equal to Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and North Korea. The index gives an annual overview of the extent of corruption based on democracy patterns and statistics released by Reporters Without Borders.

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The Interior Minister, Abdel Salam Ashour, stated that the issue of migrants is causing great fatigue on the Libyan state, pointing out that the government has dealt with criminal gangs and fought them over the last period. Ashour noted during his meeting with the Italian Ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Perrone on Thursday that the Italian role is important in supporting security agencies and to address the phenomenon of illegal immigration in Libya. Perrone said that his country is well aware of the Libyan government suffering from this phenomenon, and is determined to provide the necessary advice and support to reduce the flow of migrants and improve their situation in detention centers.

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The Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Lutfi Maghribi, held talks with US Senior Director for Africa, Cyril Sartor, on ways to help protect Libya`s frozen assets and support Libya with its management. The Foreign Ministry's Information Office confirmed on Thursday that Maghribi had discussed with Sartor in Washington DC the importance of speeding up the reopening of the US Embassy in Tripoli and the mechanism of activating economic cooperation between the two countries. Maghribi also reviewed political developments in Libya with the American advisor and the preparations for the legislative and presidential elections. The two sides also discussed threats facing Libya including organized crime gangs and terrorist organizations, most notably ISIS according to the office.

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The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, held discussions on Thursday with member of the Presidential Council, Abdel Salam Kajman, regarding the south and national reconciliation. During the meeting that took place at the headquarters of the Presidential Council, Salame confirmed his intention to visit the south to meet with dignitaries to look for solutions to the problems there. The meeting also dealt with the process of the referendum for the draft constitution to end the transitional stages of the country and enter into the permanent constitutional stage.

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