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UNHCR condemns refoulement of Eman Al Obeidi to Libya

Publisher UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Publication Date 3 June 2011
Cite as UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNHCR condemns refoulement of Eman Al Obeidi to Libya, 3 June 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4dec6b0d2.html [accessed 29 August 2014]

Yesterday's forced return of Libyan national, Eman Al Obeidi, by Qatar to Libya violates international law. Ms Al Obeidi has been recognized as a refugee by UNHCR. UNHCR was present at the hotel where Ms Al Obeidi was staying in Qatar, ready to accompany her to the airport to travel to an emergency transit centre in Romania. She was prevented from leaving for this flight in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Ms Al Obeidi was transported against her will to Benghazi on a flight by Qatar early Thursday. UNHCR is seeking to meet with Ms Al Obeidi and her family this morning in Benghazi. Every effort will be made to ensure that their best interests are respected.

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