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EDITORIAL: AljazirahNigeria call for the suspension of Libya’s membership from African Union over slave trade, human trafficking

EDITORIAL: AljazirahNigeria call for the suspension of Libya’s membership from African Union over slave trade, human trafficking

Libya has recently been brought to the fore following claims of slave trade boom, alleged killings of migrants and human trafficking going on in the country. A disturbing video of men appearing to be sold at auction in Libya for $400 has shocked the world and focused international attention on the ill-treatment of migrants and refugees in the north African country.

The grainy undercover video appears to show smugglers selling off a dozen men outside of the capital city Tripoli. Many of them are held for ransom or forced into prostitution and sexual exploitation to pay their captors and smugglers. Each year for the past three years, more than 150,000 migrants and refugees have crossed into Europe from Libya in hopes of making their way to a new life. It’s a treacherous journey. More than 3,000 people have drowned each of the past four years trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

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Although the Libyan authorities have pledged to investigate reports that hundreds of African refugees are being bought and sold in slave markets across Libya every week, AljazirahNigeria understands that slavery and human trafficking have been present in Libya for years.

Furthermore, Nigerians and indeed other Africans residing in South Africa have also come under several rounds of xenophobic attacks and widespread looting of Nigerian-owned properties and businesses in Pretoria. Such attacks deliberately target innocent Nigerians whose only crime is making profits and a living from their hard work and resilience.

More than 116 Nigerians have been murdered within the last two years in inexplicable circumstances either by South African citizens or even officials of the state. It has, in fact, become a long-standing feature in post-apartheid South Africa

It is against this background that AljazirahNigeria joins the international community to condemn the human trafficking and auctioning of African migrants in Libya as slaves. We urge international communities to begin to take drastic actions and foreign policy thrusts to curb this insensitivity on the part of the South African and Libyan government.

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We, at AljazirahNigeria, call for the swift end to these atrocities and other criminal acts of human trafficking. We demand that the leadership of African Union(AU) and Human Rights Council,  which Libya is a member of, to act swiftly by suspending the membership of the slave trade nation, Libya.  Aside from suspending Libya’s membership, we urge the AU to unleash severe sanctions on Libya and other countries, in general, who are in the habit of visiting evil on nationals of other countries (residing within her territory) to serve as a deterrent to others.

AljazirahNigeria advocate for the U.S. and the United Nations to take a strong stance when it comes to investigating, condemning, and ending the Libyan slave trade

We also appeal to the federal government to take the necessary measures within its borders to identify and eliminate human trafficking in the country.We plead with the Nigerian government to show more concern to the plight of her citizens wherever and whenever they face any form of injustice or violation of their fundamental human rights.

The government should ensure that her citizenry feels the dividends of democracy in and out of its shores. When this is inclusively done, no Nigerian citizen would have recourse to travel to a foreign land for greener pastures.

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