UN documents 127 obstacles to work of humanitarian staffers in Libya

The report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs documented 127 obstacles to the work of humanitarian staff in Libya during the month of September, with a decrease of 9% from August.

The report added that what it described as bureaucratic obstacles to the movement of humanitarian workers and relief supplies;  constitutes the vast majority of the reported obstacles, noting that the lack of entry visas for international staff in humanitarian organizations is one of the most prominent obstacles in the way of the office’s work, especially in the absence of immediate and sustainable solutions, which increases the severity of the restrictions.

The report considered that supporting the Libyan authorities by issuing clear instructions that ensure a consistent process and delivery of visas to international staff; is of paramount importance, considering that full access to humanitarian aid to those in need is a prerequisite for an effective response, calling on all parties to enhance respect for humanitarian principles and ensure Libya’s compliance with international humanitarian law.

It is worth noting that humanitarian work in Libya, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Libya, was obstructed 139 times during the month of August.

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