UNHCR: Refugees face rights abuses in their Mediterranean journey

The UN refugee agency is warning thousands of refugees and migrants are dying, while others face harrowing abuse in their attempts to reach Europe’s Mediterranean coast in search of a better life.

Thousands of refugees and migrants trying to reach the Mediterranean are facing extreme rights abuses, including torture, sexual assault and even death.

And the UNHCR is warning nearly half of the violence is perpetrated by those supposed to enforce the law.

Al Jazeera’s Alexi O’Brien reports.