The African Union (AU) has offered to help the Libyan authorities detect human traffickers as well as provide facilities for migrants moving through the country. The offer came in talks today between Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj and the AU’s Commissioner for Social Affairs, Amira El Fadil, and follows …
Reports in recent weeks of sub-Saharan African migrants being sold as slaves in secret auctions in Libya, have caused shock and global condemnation.
More than 33,000 migrants have died at sea trying to reach European shores this century, making the Mediterranean “by far the world’s deadliest border”, the United Nations migration agency said yesterday.
The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj has approved sending 88 Libyan coastguards of the interior ministry to receive trainings in Italy and Tunisia.
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced yesterday that he is willing to fight illegal migration to Libya in cooperation with the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.
The founder of the private military contractor Blackwater, Erik Prince, has proposed a plan to intervene in the migrant crisis in Libya with a proposal involving a privately-trained police force that would mirror his company’s work in Afghanistan.
Maetig takes charge of inquiry into auctions as international fury grows over slave trading in Libya
Deputy Presidency Council (PC) leader Ahmed Maetig has announced that he is taking control of the inquiry into allegations that illegal migrants have been sold at auctions as slaves. In a statement, he says the investigation will lead to the arrest of those involved and of them being brought to justice.
The European Union (EU) and some other major European countries have set mid-December as a deadline for the Libyan eastern-based parliament to amend the political agreement on ending the country’s political crises, a parliament member said.
Although it is not a new problem, the issue of migration has accelerated sharply in the past five years, and migration from mainly sub-Saharan African countries to Europe across Libya can be traced back to the year 2000.
A formal investigation into alleged migrant slave auctions in Libya has been launched, Libya’s Government of National Accord announced on Friday.