UN Security Council condemns Libya slave auctions

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

The returnees comprised 65 adult females, 179 adult males, seven children and six infants.

He also confirmed that four of the returnees had medical cases and were promptly taken away on an ambulance for treatment.

On Tuesday night, a batch of 144 stranded Nigerians in Libya was deported in continuation of the massive repatriation of Nigerians in the North African country.

NAN reports that another set of 144 Nigerians had arrived on Tuesday at about 6.45 p.m. aboard a chartered Buraq Airlines aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG.

The Council urged the Libyan authorities and all Member States to comply with their obligations under worldwide law and stressed the need to transfer detainees to State authority.

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the slave trade of African migrants in Libya as “heinous human rights abuses which may also amount to crimes against humanity, ” and called on those responsible to be held to account.

Young African men bound for Europe are frequently caught in trafficking networks and sold for labor in Libya, where many migrants are detained, tortured, and even killed, according to the U.N. International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The government said it would continue to engage the legitimate government in Libya and other stakeholders in addressing the plight of Nigerian migrants in that country.

As at the time of filing in this report, another flight conveying other returnees was being expected from Tripoli, the Libyan capital.

Nigerian Foreign Ministry said at least 2,778 Nigerian migrants are still trapped in Libya and that plans are afoot to repatriate them after necessary documentation.

In view of these challenges, Onyeama said the Charge d'Affairs in Tripoli has been invited to come to Abuja to give full details of what was actually going on there.

Onyeama disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided by Yemi Osinbajo.

"We also ensure that we are up to date with the number of Nigerians in specific detention camps".

"Especially how many Nigerians are in detention and are trying to come home?"

At least 401 Nigerians trapped in detention centers across Libya have been repatriated to their home country in the last 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday.

"We have asked the Nigerian presidency to provide us with an extra airplane to assist with quick repatriation of registered Nigerians who are willing to return".

Mr. Fachano called for the provision of a bigger aircraft to evacuate Nigerians who has have agreed to come back home.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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