The EU is helping to send refugees back to Libya where they face routine sexual violence
“Among the forms of sexual violence described to researchers was anal and oral rape, forced rape of others including corpses, castration and forced incest.
Much of the sexual violence described by research participants contained elements of profound psychological torture and cruelty.”
In 2017, the EU made a deal, which the UK is part of, to spend tens of millions of euros funding the Libyan coastguard, which intercepts boats heading for Italy and returns those onboard to Libya. Many of those millions are funded by UK tax payers.
From January 2017 to September 2018, the Libyan coastguard intercepted and forcibly returned more than 29,000 people. Many ended up in detention centres or disappeared altogether.