The African Union (AU), European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) have decided to put in place a task force in Libya to check migrant abuses in the north African country.
In 1994 the world wasn’t there for Rwanda in its hour of need, not even the African Union. In 2017, Rwanda is offering to take in migrants from Libya and has shown itself as a truly Pan-African nation by opening its doors to fellow Africans, moving beyond the rhetoric.
The African Union has come under fire for its perceived lax reaction to the slavery crisis in Libya. Many have argued that the AU should do more to address the crisis and help the vulnerable rather than simply issuing strongly worded statements.
African and European leaders are in Ivory Coast’s capital, Abidjan for the fifth African Union-European Union Summit. The Summit marks 10 years since the adoption of the Africa-EU Strategy.
The plight of migrants in Libya has garnered fresh attention after an outcry over reports of slave auctions in the country, an enormous transit hub for sub-Saharan Africans seeking to reach Europe.
The Danish government has officially apologized to Ghanaians for their country’s role in the dark history of slave trade in the then Gold Coast where millions of Africans were shipped to Europe and the Americas.
Protesters gathered outside the Libyan Embassy in central Paris following an exclusive CNN investigation into migrant auctions in Libya. A dozen Black African men were seen being sold at an auction outside of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Some of them were auctioned off for as little as $400.
“Slavery is not a thing of the past. Today we talk about modern slavery and human trafficking; the push back on multi-lateralism and human rights; about race, identity and culture; and the challenges on how we can co-exist together,” says UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.
Yesterday was the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Recently 13 African countries were listed among the 23 worst offenders for human trafficking. The World Day against Trafficking in Persons was set aside to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights. How rampant is #humantrafficking in your country?