Black people say they are being targeted in Libya, where the European Union is spending millions of euros to bolster the country’s capacity for preventing migrants from crossing the Mediterranean to Europe.
The far-right identitarian group Defend Europe plans to take a ship close to the coast of North Africa, where humanitarian groups rescue migrants. But it's running into difficulties trying to get there.
In February 2017, Italy and Libya signed an agreement to try to slow the arrival of migrants across the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe, with Italy giving logistical and financial support to Libya's coast guard. Since then, migrant sea arrivals in Europe have declined, and so have drownings, but many migrants returned to Libya face abusive detention.