- Advertisement -Demonstrators protested outside the Libyan embassy in London on Saturday, calling for the British government to pressure Libya to end the slavery and inhumane treatment of migrants. It follows the emergence of video footage last month that appeared to show men being sold at a slave market in Tripoli. Protesters gathered in London to march on the Libyan embassy because at the moment, there are up to one million migrants in Libya, many of whom are hoping to travel to Europe. Video that emerged last month showing men being sold as slaves sent shockwaves around the world. They need to start actually investing properly and ethically in African economies,” said Koffi De Lome, an organizer of the protest.
December 10, 2017 07:41 UTC
Stories abound of Nigerians who died in the desert everyday and those who died across the Mediterranean sea. Nigeria has the human and material resources to reproduce this state of affairs but capable and good leadership is required. Now, there is the return of slave trade. Who would believe that after several centuries of the abolition of slave trade, it would crop up again and typically, Nigeria is a major beneficiary of such evil. What in God’s name would bring up the issue of slave trade in the 21st Century?
December 10, 2017 02:26 UTC
THE above title sums up the discussion I had in Tripoli with the Nigerian ambassador to Libya in December 1990. Their experience tallied with the views expressed by the Nigerian envoy that Libya was not the bed of roses the immigrants had thought it was when they were porting from Nigeria. Adeboye of The Redeemed Christian Church of God led a pilgrimage of Christian faithful there. I perused what two of the “pastors” championing this new doctrine said and some of the rebuttals of Church leaders. The hordes of young Nigerians repatriated from Libya recently must count themselves lucky indeed that they came back in one piece.
December 09, 2017 23:15 UTC
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has started a mass evacuation of 4000 illegal immigrants from Libya to Niger after they had registered their names at the Nigerien embassy in Libya wishing to return home. Milliman explained that IOM was providing technical and logistic support for the registration, profiling, reception and onward transportation of the returning migrants, under the Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM) financed by the European Union. The spokesperson also explained that the IOM is cooperating with Niger to see the potentials of the socio-economic reintegration of migrants arriving in the following weeks from Libya. "IOM staff in Agadez are now assisting the 10th convoy of migrants arriving from Algeria as they prepare themselves for possible mass evacuations of stranded migrants from its northern borders." Meanwhile, Milliman further added at the Friday presser that about 176 immigrants from Guinea arrived Thursday in Conakry airport after being detained in Libya's migrants' centers.
December 09, 2017 20:26 UTC
US Supreme Court passed Trump’s travel ban that prevents nationals of six Muslim countries from entering the US. -----------------------------------------------------The Administrative Control Authority (ACA) called on Libya’s state institutions to ban dual citizenship nationals from occupying a sovereign post in Libya. “We have found that dual nationals were occupying sovereign posts in Libyan state institutions.” He added. Salame told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Friday that he aims to have Libyan parties sign consent to the upcoming results of the elections as happened with the Tunisian parties in 2014. “I am contacting all Libyan parties even those loyal to Gaddafi’s regime because the solution in Libya is tied to the constitution, national reconciliation and elections.” He added.
December 09, 2017 19:41 UTC
Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry- press photoCAIRO - 9 December 2017: Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj will arrive in Cairo within hours to discuss the Libyan crisis with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, according to a Libyan source on Saturday.Talks between the two leaders will address the recent developments in Libya; especially the upcoming second anniversary of the Skhirat agreement on December 17 would bring an end to Sarraj’s term of office.Sarraj will discuss with Sisi the outcome of his latest visit to the U.S. and his meeting with President Donald Trump, and his meeting with Counselor Angel Merkel in Germany. They will also tackle the issue of Egypt’s efforts to unite the Libyan military institution.On Friday, Sisi met with Minister of Finance Osama Hamad of the Libyan Government of National Accord, at the sidelines of the 2017 Africa Forum held in Sharm El-Sheikh.During their meeting, Sisi stressed the importance of preserving the territorial unity of Libya stressed that Libya should work on preserving its stability, expressing Egypt’s support of Libya given the social historical relations that the two countries share.
December 09, 2017 19:07 UTC
ES News Email Enter your email address Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Email address is invalid Email address is invalid Email cannot be used. Try another or register with your social accountHundreds of protesters descended on the Libyan embassy in London demanding more is done to stop the sale of slaves in Africa. Demonstrators gathered outside the embassy in Knightsbridge at about midday calling for an end to the “crime against humanity”. Brandishing placards emblazoned with the words “break the chains” and “slavery must go”, they later marched to Parliament Square. Anti-slavery march in London 7 show all Anti-slavery march in London 1/7 Demonstrators protest against slavery outside the Libyan embassy in London REUTERS 2/7 Hundreds descended on the embassy on Saturday REUTERS 3/7 Protesters later made their way to Parliament Square REUTERS 4/7 Demonstrators protest against slavery in central London REUTERS 5/7 Demonstrators outside the Libyan embassy REUTERS 6/7 Activists demanded the end to modern slavery outside the Libyan embassy REUTERS 7/7 Hundreds of people turned out for the anti-slavery march REUTERSA petition calling on the UK government to put pressure on Libyan leaders to stop the illegal markets and has been signed by more than 260,000 people.
December 09, 2017 18:22 UTC
"Whether you know it or don’t, this crime against African humanity dehumanizes all of us," organisers wrote. "Because humanity is one and it’s up to us to take action to bring an end to this 21st century slave trade in Libya and all around the world by letting the Libyan authorities and the British government know how we feel about this issue."
December 09, 2017 17:48 UTC
END THE DAMN SALAVARY‼️ HUMAN LIVES MATTER REGARDLESS OF COLOUR❗️#endslavery#humanlivesmatter#africanlivesmatter#libya#libyanembassy#london#protest#march#peace A post shared by The FuN LuVin CriMiNaL ???? The footage sparked worldwide outrage and a petition calling on the UK government to put pressure on Libya to end modern slavery began circulating on social media in November. UK-based NGO African Lives Matter organized protests across different cities of the UK after the petition garnered thousands of signatures. #REPOST ☮️ A post shared by Naomi Campbell (@iamnaomicampbell) on Dec 8, 2017 at 7:33am PST?????? The footage released by CNN is considered to be the first hard evidence of 21st-century slave trade in Africa.
December 09, 2017 17:17 UTC
Libyan coastguards rescued a number of Arab illegal immigrants off Tripoli shores. The Anti-Illegal Immigration Department said on Friday on Facebook that immigrants from Morocco, Algeria, Syria, and Egypt were received at the Treeq Al-Sikka headquarters in Tripoli, adding that they were all given the needed assistance in cooperation with the UNHCR.
December 09, 2017 16:41 UTC
Libya is the main gateway for migrants trying to cross to Europe by sea, though numbers have dropped sharply since July as Libyan factions and authorities have begun to block departures under Italian pressure. The Italian navy already has a presence in Tripoli port, providing “technical” assistance to Libya’s coastguard, according to Italian and Libyan officials. Activists have criticized the policy, since migrants often face extreme hardship and abuse in Libya, including forced labor. Migrants who are caught trying to cross to Italy are put in severely overcrowded detention centers authorized by the interior ministry. The GNA has said it is investigating reports of migrants being auctioned as slaves in Libya, after CNN broadcast footage appearing to show such auctions.
December 09, 2017 16:30 UTC
Migrants are seen on a capsizing boat before a rescue operation by Italian navy ships "Bettica" and "Bergamini" (unseen) off the coast of Libya in this handout picture released by the Italian Marina Militare on May 25, 2016. Marina Militare/Handout via RETRIPOLI – 11 December 2017: Libya’s U.N.-backed government agreed with Italy on Saturday to establish a joint operations room for tackling migrant smugglers and traffickers as part of efforts to curb migrant flows towards Europe, according to a statement.Libya is the main gateway for migrants trying to cross to Europe by sea, though numbers have dropped sharply since July as Libyan factions and authorities have begun to block departures under Italian pressure. More than 600,000 have made the journey over the past four years.The agreement to set up the operations room was announced after a meeting in Tripoli between the head of the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Seraj, Libyan Interior Minister Aref Khodja, and his Italian counterpart Marco Minniti.A statement from Seraj’s office said the centre would consist of “representatives from the coastguard, the illegal migration department, the Libyan attorney general and the intelligence services, along with their Italian counterparts.”No details were given on the location of the centre and how it would operate. In the past, migrant smugglers have worked with impunity in western Libya, where the GNA has little authority over armed groups that have real power on the ground.The Italian navy already has a presence in Tripoli port, providing “technical” assistance to Libya’s coastguard, according to Italian and Libyan officials.The coastguard, which is receiving funding and training from the European Union, has become more assertive in recent months in intercepting migrants and bringing them back to Libya.Activists have criticised the policy, since migrants often face extreme hardship and abuse in Libya, including forced labour. Migrants who are caught trying to cross to Italy are put in severely overcrowded detention centres authorised by the interior ministry.The GNA has said it is investigating reports of migrants being auctioned as slaves in Libya, after CNN broadcast footage appearing to show such auctions.According to Saturday’s statement, Seraj told Minniti that “despite the successes achieved in the migration file, the number of illegal immigrants outside shelters remains large and we need more cooperation, especially in securing the borders of southern Libya through which these migrants flow”.
December 09, 2017 16:30 UTC
FILE - Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-SisiCAIRO – 9 December 2017: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi stressed the importance of preserving the territorial unity of Libya, Minister of Finance Osama Hamad of the Libyan Government of National Accord stated in a press statement Saturday.Sisi met with Hamad on Friday at the sidelines of the 2017 Africa Forum held in Sharm El-Sheikh.During their meeting, Sisi stressed that Libya should work on preserving its stability, expressing Egypt’s support of Libya given the social historical relations that the two countries share.On December 7, the 2017 Africa Forum, “Business for Africa, Egypt and the World”, kicked off in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh and is set to end on Saturday.The forum was attended by six African heads of state, governments and ministries from various African countries as well as representatives of Egypt’s development partners and high-level figures in the business field from Egypt, Africa and worldwide with the goal of promote investments for inclusive growth.
December 09, 2017 12:00 UTC
By Owei LakemfaThe United Nations (UN) under then secretary general, Ban Ki-moon met on March 17, 2011 to decide the fate of Libya. There were civilian casualties, and the West used this as an excuse to directly invade Libya, in order to “protect civilians”. Raul Fernandez-Berriozabal, described pre-invasion Libya: “Before the invasion and destruction, Libya under Qaddafi’s leadership became the most prosperous nation in the African continent. Lebanese representative, Nawaf Salam said the Ghaddafi leadership had lost all legitimacy and that the planned invasion was the only hope for Libya. Whatever may be the position, the fact is that the death sentence was signed, Libya was destroyed and humanity was presented an avoidable tragedy – a crime against humanity.
December 09, 2017 11:37 UTC
WASHINGTON DC: Federal appeals court judges on Friday asked about President Donald Trump’s sharing of anti-Muslim videos on his Twitter account, as they grilled a US government lawyer about the legality of the president’s latest travel ban. This week, the US Supreme Court allowed the ban to take effect while litigation over its ultimate validity unfolds. Mooppan argued on behalf of the government that the latest travel ban should be considered on its own merits, and separately from statements, Trump has made on social media or elsewhere that could be construed to be anti-Muslim. Trump issued his first travel ban in January. He revised it in March, and that ban expired in September after a long court fight.
December 09, 2017 08:26 UTC