- Advertisement -No fewer than 98 Edo State indigenes arrived in Benin from Libya on Friday with the help of the International Organisations for Migration and the state Government. Abieyuwa Oyemwense, Secretary to the state Task Force against Human Trafficking, who confirmed the number to newsmen said the entire number that arrived were males. - Advertisement -Oyemwense said: “This is the eighth batch that we have so far received. “Government has set up programmes to train them in different skills, and those who wish to return to school will be assisted to do so. “In addition, government is also paying them monthly stipends for three months.”Oyemwense said they were expecting another batch on Wednesday.
December 09, 2017 05:26 UTC
U.S. lawyer defending travel ban grilled in court over Trump's tweets - REUTERSWASHINGTON/NEW YORK - 9 December 2017: 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 U.S. government lawyer about the legality of the president's latest travel ban.Judge Pamela Harris asked government lawyer Hashim Mooppan about Trump's Nov. 29 online sharing of three anti-Muslim videos posted on Twitter by a far-right British party leader. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing in Richmond, Virginia, monitored by Reuters over audio feed.This week, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the ban to take effect while litigation over its ultimate validity unfolds. Bush appointee.Trump issued his first travel ban in January. He revised it in March, and that ban expired in September after a long court fight. It was replaced with the current version.The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to ultimately decide the issue in the coming months.
December 08, 2017 22:07 UTC
The story of slavery in Africa, like slavery in so many other parts of the world, is a painful chronicle whose origins go back centuries. But the issue got a rush of new attention recently, when video of an apparently open-air slave market in Libya appeared on CNN. Human trafficking and slavery in Libya and other parts of the continent can be traced to a number of factors. But the emergence of slave auctions in Libya has a more immediate basis as well: a catastrophic Western military intervention. A hodgepodge of anti-government militias emerged during the war, reflecting a wide array of regional, religious, and ethnic interests.
December 08, 2017 21:11 UTC
Tunis, 8 December 2017 - The UN electoral support project “Promoting Elections for the People of Libya (PEPOL) benefitted today from a contribution of 1 million Euros from the Federal Republic of Germany. The contribution agreement was signed by the Ambassador of Germany to Libya, Dr. Christian Buck and the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Libya, Ms. Maria Ribeiro. With this agreement, Germany joins three other countries, The Netherlands, France and Italy, in direct contributions to the PEPOL managed by UNDP in collaboration with UNSMIL and other partners. The German contribution brings the total amount received to date to 2.8 million euros. During the signing ceremony that took place at UNDP Libya office in Tunis, Ambassador Buck stated:“Elections are a key element of democracy.
December 08, 2017 20:37 UTC
Some politicians, lawmakers and human rights campaigners have blamed parents and governments for illegal migration of Nigerian youths to Libya where they undergo dehumanisation. The citizens were reacting to the return of some Nigerians illegal migrants to Libya on Tuesday. 144 Nigerians were brought home from Libya on Tuesday by the Federal Government with the assistance of International Organisation for Migration (IMO). The return resulted from outcries against dehumanisation of illegal migrants in Libya. “Federal Government agencies such as the police, immigration and National Orientation Agency should do more to break the chain of illegal migration,’’ Umar said.
December 08, 2017 11:48 UTC
FILE- In this Tuesday , Dec. 5, 2017 file photo , an unidentified Immigration officer, right, speaks to Nigerian returnees from Libya upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos Nigeria.Hundreds of West African migrants who had been stranded in Libya are returning home as worried governments repatriate them amid outrage over slave auctions. Another 164 migrants returned to Nigeria early Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 the latest group to be repatriated with help from the European Union and the International Organization for Migration. Sunday Alamba, File AP Photo
December 08, 2017 10:52 UTC
Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo condemned the resurgence of slavery in some parts of Africa, saying the development was worrisome. Obasanjo said slave trade in the 21st century should be condemned in the strongest term possible. He said, “I believe that slave trade in the 21st century should be condemned in the strongest language possible and nobody who is involved in it should be excused. Slaves in the 21st century, Africans being sold by Africans and maybe to Africans. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, who declared the conference open, had condemned the return of slave trade in Libya, saying that African leaders should rise to condemn the act.
December 08, 2017 09:56 UTC
Niamey – Following recent international discussions, the Government of Niger and IOM, the UN Migration Agency in Niger have begun the mass evacuation of the almost 4,000 migrants that have registered for voluntary return at the Embassy of Niger in Libya. The migrants were received by the Ministers of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Health and Humanitarian Action, more than 50 IOM staff and other senior officials. IOM staff is fully prepared to welcome the second charter due today (08/12). Moreover, in close collaboration with IOM staff in Libya, the mission in Niger is preparing to receive additional groups of migrants now in detention centres across Libya. For more information, please contact Alberto Preato at IOM Niger, Tel: +227 8053 5933, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 08, 2017 09:33 UTC
RICHMOND, Va. — President Donald Trump's updated travel ban is headed back to a federal appeals court in Virginia. Circuit Court of Appeals will be asked to decide if the ban violates the constitution by discriminating against Muslims, as opponents say, or is necessary to protect national security, as the Trump administration says. Opponents say the latest version of the ban is another attempt by Trump to fulfil his campaign pledge to keep Muslims out of the U.S. The 4th Circuit rejected an earlier version in May, finding that it "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination" toward Muslims. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in a separate lawsuit filed in Hawaii.
December 08, 2017 09:00 UTC
Mr Emmanuel Keshi, one of the 164 Nigerians evacuated from Libya, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) on Friday has warned that Nigerians may be used as human shield in clashes between the various groups in the North African country in case of post-election violence. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ifom was one of the latest new returnees from Libya who arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 12.34 a.m. Keshi lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering the evacuation of all Nigerians stranded in the volatile North African country. He said: “I learnt that Buhari has directed the evacuation of all Nigerians from Libya. “I thank the President for this because the boys (Nigerians) in Libya are really suffering and lacking human rights as they are being treated as animal.
December 08, 2017 09:00 UTC
Two days after 401 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, and the European Union, EU, on Friday facilitated the return of 164 more. They were received on behalf of the federal government by the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Maihajja. Mr. Keshi lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering the evacuation of all Nigerians stranded in the volatile North African country. He said :”I learnt that Buhari has directed the evacuation of all Nigerians from Libya. “I thank the President for this because the boys (Nigerians) in Libya are really suffering and lacking human rights as they are being treated as animal(s).
December 08, 2017 08:26 UTC
Today’s slavery – personified by the horrendous incidence in Libya and the general trafficking in persons all over the world – is founded on mutual disrespect for human dignity, poverty and greed. Unfortunately, Nigeria happens to be at the centre of human trafficking. Reports from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other such institutions commissioned at different stages regard Nigeria as a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking. To put the severity of the situation into perspective, human trafficking is the world’s third largest organised crime, after drugs and arms trades. With some 2.5 million people subjected to human trafficking at any given time, it will not be out of place to regard it as a serious global crisis and its eradication requires the attention of all.
December 08, 2017 08:15 UTC
In my time here, there has been a lot of mobility and activism on campus surrounding issues regarding women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and, recently, DACA. As a community, our activism is selective even though these issues are equally as important. Bowdoin’s selective activism is not a result of malicious unconcern but rather the lack of knowledge. I believe that if we redefine world issues as campus discourse and as necessary to fulfilling the common good, we will thrive at activism. Bowdoin’s selective activism is a microcosm of the larger society.
December 08, 2017 08:14 UTC
The UN 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. Koro Bessho of Japan, Council President for December, the 15-member body expressed “grave concern” at reports of migrants being sold into slavery in Libya. The Council welcomed the statement by the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya denouncing trafficking in persons, including for the purpose of slavery, inside or outside the country. Reaffirming support for the Action Plan for Libya, the Council emphasised that a stable Libya was the only way to help improve the living conditions of all people in the country, including migrants. The Council urged ratification and implementation of international instruments that countered such trafficking by all Member States.
December 08, 2017 07:30 UTC
THE United Nations (UN) under then Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon met on March 17, 2011 to decide the fate of Libya. Libya had no external debt and its reserves amounted to $150 billion – In 2010 (before the Obama/Clinton regime murdered Qaddafi), Libya ranked 53rd in the UN’s Human Development Index among 163 countries. Lebanese Representative, Nawaf Salam said the Ghadaffi leadership had lost all legitimacy and that the planned invasion was the only hope for Libya. Perhaps, the unkindest cut came from the Russia Federation known to have had good relations with 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 08, 2017 05:48 UTC