UN Refugee Agency Resumes Work in Libya

A UNHCR worker prepares aid to be distributed to returnees. Photo by: M. Kobayashi / UNHCR

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will resume its operations in Libya three weeks after the country’s authorities ordered the agency to shut down operations. UNHCR’s operation will be restricted to its current caseload.

The Libyan government earlier accused UNHCR staff of receiving bribes and sexual favors in exchange for granting refugee status to immigrants.

UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said the allegations remain unsubstantiated, adding that talks on the agency’s future in Libya will resume shortly.

Edwards said that the expulsion order has not yet been formally lifted.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.