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the eu's complicity in refugee abuse in libya | slavery


"in prison, they would hit us often," said ousman who spent five months in a tripoli detention centre in 2016. "they killed many boys. i saw many people dying in prison, either because they fell sick or were beaten."ousman is just one of hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who have braved the journey across africa to libya and just one of tens of thousands who have ended up caught in a complex web of abuse and extortion.refugees and migrants are routinely exposed to human rights violations committed by libyan officials and security forces and abuses at the hands of armed groups and criminal gangs, who are often working in close cooperation and to mutual financial advantage. in a lawless country, refugees and migrants have become a resource to be exploited - a commodity around wh






refugee children abuse rampant in libya: unicef | libya news


refugee children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the central mediterranean migration route, unicef warned in a new report.in the report, titled "a deadly journey for children", which was released on tuesday, the un children's agency said a total of 25,846 children - most of them unaccompanied - crossed from north africa to italy using the mediterranean route in 2016. for the report, unicef researchers interviewed a total of 122 refugees - 82 women and 40 children - who tried to complete the perilous journey.three quarters of the refugee children interviewed said they had experienced violence, harassment or aggression at the hands of adults at some point over the course of their journey. approximately one third indicated they had be






how the eu is responsible for slavery in libya | refugees


migrants and refugees being sold into slavery in libya is not really new information. in april 2017, the international organization for migration (iom) reported that along the north african migrant routes its staff discovered "slave markets" where hundreds of african young men are being tormented.but following cnn's release of footage showing men being sold by an auctioneer for the equivalent of $800, there was finally international outrage. there were demonstrations in paris, stockholm and new york with slogans such as "free our brothers!" and "black people are not slaves!" the chairman of the african union, guinean president alpha conde, demanded prosecutions for these crimes and libya announced it was reportedly launching an investigation into the matter. but while the outrage has focus






refugee child abuse rampant in libya: unicef | libya news


refugee children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the central mediterranean migration route, unicef warned in a new report.in the report, titled "a deadly journey for children", which was released on tuesday, the un children's agency said a total of 25,846 children - most of them unaccompanied - crossed from north africa to italy using the mediterranean route in 2016. for the report, unicef researchers interviewed a total of 122 refugees - 82 women and 40 children - who tried to complete the perilous journey.three quarters of the refugee children interviewed said they had experienced violence, harassment or aggression at the hands of adults at some point over the course of their journey. approximately one third indicated they had be






refugee child abuse rampant in libya: unicef | libya news


refugee children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the central mediterranean migration route, unicef warned in a new report.in the report, titled "a deadly journey for children", which was released on tuesday, the un children's agency said a total of 25,846 children - most of them unaccompanied - crossed from north africa to italy using the mediterranean route in 2016.for the report, unicef researchers interviewed a total of 122 refugees - 82 women and 40 children - who tried to complete the perilous journey.three-quarters of the refugee children interviewed said they had experienced violence, harassment or aggression at the hands of adults at some point over the course of their journey. approximately one-third indicated they had bee






refugee child abuse rampant in libya: unicef | libya news


refugee children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the central mediterranean migration route, unicef warned in a new report.in the report, titled "a deadly journey for children", which was released on tuesday, the un children's agency said a total of 25,846 children - most of them unaccompanied - crossed from north africa to italy using the mediterranean route in 2016.for the report, unicef researchers interviewed a total of 122 refugees - 82 women and 40 children - who tried to complete the perilous journey.three-quarters of the refugee children interviewed said they had experienced violence, harassment or aggression at the hands of adults at some point over the course of their journey. approximately one-third indicated they had bee






medical aid group slams eu migrant policy in libya


brussels (ap) — the head of medical aid group doctors without borders says european governments are paying for the criminal abuse of migrants in libya by funding programs to stop them leaving for europe.international president joanne liu said in an open letter thursday that libya’s detention system is “a thriving enterprise of kidnapping, torture and extortion.”she said “european governments have chosen to contain people in this situation. people cannot be sent back to libya, nor should they be contained there.”liu rejected praise for european policies credited with having cut the number of migrants leaving libya for europe and drownings in the mediterranean.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.she branded such thinking “at best, pure hypocrisy and at worse, a cynical






amnesty accuses eu of complicity in libya migrant abuse


brussels — european union countries are complicit in the abuse of migrants held in libya, amnesty international said in a report released tuesday that accused the eu of turning a blind eye to allegedly brutal tactics of the libyan coast guard and dangerous detention facilities.the human rights group also alleged that the libyan coast guard accepted kickbacks from smugglers to let migrant boats leave for europe. amnesty said it had video and other documentary evidence that a boat donated by italy was involved in an interception operation in which up to 50 people drowned."european governments have not just been fully aware of these abuses," amnesty europe director john dalhuisen said. "by actively supporting the libyan authorities in stopping sea crossings and containing people in libya, the






sweden: 'torture, rape and slavery in libya must stop' | libya


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un condemns 'heinous' sale of migrants in libya as slaves


united nations — the u.n. security council on thursday condemned the sale of african migrants into slavery in libya as "heinous abuses of human rights" that may constitute crimes against humanity.a presidential statement approved by all 15 council members and read at an open meeting called for speedy investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.the statement comes after an emergency council meeting on nov. 28 held amid global outrage over cnn video showing african men being sold at a slave market in libya.the security council urged libyan authorities and all u.n. member states to comply with their obligations under international law, including respect for the rights of migrants.britain's deputy u.n. ambassador, jonathan allen, said the council welcomes that libya is "making strong ef






germany providing $3.9 million for refugees in libya


berlin — germany is pledging an additional 3.5 million euros ($3.9 million) to help improve conditions for refugees in libya.on an unannounced visit to tripoli on thursday, foreign minister sigmar gabriel said many migrants in libya "are in a desperate situation." the money, to be paid by 2018, comes in response to a call from the un refugee agency, unhcr.according to a transcript provided by the foreign ministry, gabriel said the money will be in addition to germany paying the "lion's share" of a 100-million-euro regional program run by the international organization for migration.it's to be used to improve living conditions at refugee centers.many refugees fleeing the mideast and africa transit through libya before attempting the perilous journey across the mediterranean to europe.






iom: african migrants traded in libya's 'slave markets' | libya news


hundreds of african refugees and migrants passing through libya are being bought and sold in modern-day slave markets before being held for ransom, forced labour or sexual exploitation, survivors have told the un's migration agency. the international organisation for migration (iom) said on tuesday that it had interviewed west african migrants who recounted being traded in garages and car parks in the southern city of sabha, one of libya's main people smuggling hubs.refugees in libya: 'smugglers have lost all humanity'people are purchased for between $200 and $500 and are held on average for two or three months, othman belbeisi, head of the iom's libya mission, said in geneva."migrants are being sold in the market as a commodity," he said. "selling human beings is becoming a trend among sm






iom: african migrants traded in libya's 'slave markets' | libya news


hundreds of african refugees and migrants passing through libya are being bought and sold in modern-day slave markets before being held for ransom or used as forced labour or for sexual exploitation, survivors have told the un's migration agency. the international organization for migration (iom) said on tuesday that it had interviewed west african migrants who recounted being traded in garages and car parks in the southern city of sabha, one of libya's main people-smuggling centres.refugees in libya: 'smugglers have lost all humanity'people are bought for between $200 and $500 and are held on average for two to three months, othman belbeisi, head of the iom's libya mission, said in geneva."migrants are being sold in the market as a commodity," he said. "selling human beings is becoming a






un: 300,000 children migrating solo, up nearly fivefold


dakar, senegal (ap) — authorities have documented more than 300,000 children migrating alone worldwide over a two-year period, marking a dramatic escalation of a trend that has forced many young refugees into slavery and prostitution, the u.n. children’s agency said wednesday.unicef said 170,000 of those children sought asylum in europe in 2015-2016, many after making the treacherous trip across the mediterranean sea where hundreds of children are estimated to have drowned last year.nearly 92 percent of the boys and girls arriving by boat in italy in 2016 and early 2017 came unaccompanied or had been separated from their relatives along the way, the report said. they came mainly from the african nations of eritrea, gambia, nigeria, egypt and guinea, unicef said.“ruthless smugglers and traf






migrants for sale: slave trade in libya | libya


libya's un-backed government says it is investigating allegations that hundreds of african refugees and migrants passing through libya are being bought and sold in modern-day slave markets.according to reports, the trade works by preying on the tens of thousands of vulnerable people who risk everything to get to libya's coast and then across the mediterranean into europe - a route that's been described as the deadliest route on earth.libya is the main gateway for people attempting to reach europe by sea, with more than 150,000 people making the crossing in each of the past three years."they [the refugees] are from several african countries and they say they have fled war, poverty and unemployment in their countries ... they have taken a tough journey through the desert and they have paid p






un: 300,000 children migrating solo, up nearly fivefold


dakar, senegal — authorities have documented more than 300,000 children migrating alone worldwide over a two-year period, marking a dramatic escalation of a trend that has forced many young refugees into slavery and prostitution, the u.n. children's agency said wednesday.unicef said 170,000 of those children sought asylum in europe in 2015-2016, many after making the treacherous trip across the mediterranean sea where hundreds of children are estimated to have drowned last year.nearly 92 percent of the boys and girls arriving by boat in italy in 2016 and early 2017 came unaccompanied or had been separated from their relatives along the way, the report said. they came mainly from the african nations of eritrea, gambia, nigeria, egypt and guinea, unicef said."ruthless smugglers and trafficke






who is to blame for african migrants' slavery in libya? | europe


politicians in europe are keen to stem the flow of african migrants.but people undertaking the dangerous journey often drown in the mediterranean sea or are left stranded in transit countries where they face torture, rape and forced labour.people-trafficking in libya has provoked an emergency meeting of the un security council.the un-backed government in libya is promising to increase the number of flights repatriating stranded migrants, while libya's ambassador to the un says slave auction reports will be fully investigated.so, how can illegal migration be controlled in a failed state?presenter: laura kyleguests:salah al bakkush - senior adviser to the negotiating team of the high council of statesleonard doyle - spokesman for the international organization for migrationrhiannon smith - m






who is to blame for african migrants' slavery in libya? | europe


politicians in europe are eager to stem the flow of african migrants.but people undertaking the dangerous journey often drown in the mediterranean sea or are left stranded in transit countries where they face torture, rape and forced labour.people-trafficking in libya has provoked an emergency meeting of the un security council.the un-backed government in libya is promising to increase the number of flights repatriating stranded migrants, while libya's ambassador to the un says slave auction reports will be fully investigated.so, how can illegal migration be controlled in a failed state?presenter: laura kyleguests:salah al bakkush - senior adviser to the negotiating team of the high council of statesleonard doyle - spokesman for the international organization for migrationrhiannon smith -






'slavery is an outrageous reality in libya' | news


a group of un human rights experts has strongly condemned libya's slave trade amid reports that hundreds of african refugees are being bought and sold in markets across the country every week.in a joint statement issued on thursday, the group urged the libyan government to take "urgent action" to end the practice."we were extremely disturbed to see the images which show migrants being auctioned as merchandise, and the evidence of markets in enslaved africans which has since been gathered," the statement noted."it is now clear that slavery is an outrageous reality in libya. the auctions are reminiscent of one of the darkest chapters in human history, when millions of africans were uprooted, enslaved, trafficked and auctioned to the highest bidder."among the signatories to the statement were






'old slavery mentality' is making a comback in lawless libya, migrants say


suobhe altmmo had fled to libya in 2012hoping for a better life. he and his wife and children settled in the coastal town of zawiya, where he planned to work as an electrician.but soon the country was engulfed in anarchy, and outsiders became targets of violence. it was too dangerous to send the children to school or even leave the house. libya was overrun with “uneducated militiamen with nothing to do,” said altmmo, who is 35.it seemed no better than his native syria, where he had spent four years as a political prisoner.and so he fled again, crowding on to a ramshackle, wooden boat with hopes of crossing the mediterranean sea to europe. he, his wife and four children — including 8-month-old twin girls — were among 513 migrants rescued from five boats this month and brought aboard a ship






un to try to empty libyan migrant detention centers


united nations — the head of the u.n. migration agency says the united nations plans to try to empty government-controlled detention centers in libya that hold about 15,000 people as part of a stepped up effort against the smuggling and slavery of migrants.william lacy swing spoke tuesday at an emergency meeting of the u.n. security council called by france following video footage last week of african men being sold at a slave market in libya. he said "all of us feel the pressure that this is an enormous human tragedy and we can stop it."swing said emptying the 30 or so detention centers will require agreement from libya and african and european countries.if everyone is willing to help, he said, the centers can be emptied "in a very short order."






5,000 refugees rescued on route to italy from libya | libya news


about 5,000 refugees bound for italy were rescued in waters off the coast of libya between thursday and saturday morning by italian and libyan coastguards, according to statements from both countries.about 2,900 people were rescued on thursday, 2,300 of whom were found in international waters and taken to italy, while 580 picked up in libyan waters were returned to the north african country.through friday until saturday morning, coastguards rescued another 2,100 refugees packed in 17 vessels, but found the body of one man who drowned, the italian coastguard said.refugees in libya: 'smugglers have lost all humanity'the surviving refugees told the reuters news agency of arbitrary detention, slavery and beatings in libya. "libya is crazy. they arrest us, the police... they put us in some plac






un considers sanctions to fight libya slave trade | libya news


france's ambassador to the un has urged the security council to impose sanctions on the people involved in libya's slave trade of african refugees and migrants.francois delattre's comments come as human trafficking in libya has become a burning topic since a cnn investigation produced footage of west africans being sold at slave markets in november."france will propose to assist the sanctions committee ... in identifying responsible individuals and entities for trafficking through libyan territory," he told the council on tuesday."we count upon support of the members of the council to make headway to that end."a sanctions programme set up in 2011, the year of the us-supported invasion of libya which saw the overthrow of long-time leader muammar gaddafi, allows the security council to place






5,000 refugees rescued on route to italy from libya | libya news


about 5,000 refugees bound for italy were rescued in waters off the coast of libya between thursday and saturday morning by italian and libyan coastguards, according to statements from both countries.about 2,900 people were rescued on thursday, 2,300 of whom were found in international waters and taken to italy, while 580 picked up in libyan waters were returned to the north african country.through friday until saturday morning, coastguards rescued another 2,100 refugees packed in 17 vessels, but found the body of one man who drowned, the italian coastguard said.refugees in libya: 'smugglers have lost all humanity'the surviving refugees on friday told of arbitrary detention, slavery and beatings in libya, according to the reuters news agency report."libya is crazy. they arrest us, the poli






libya seizes oil tankers after shootout at sea | libya news


libya's coastguard has seized two foreign flagged tankers and detained their crews for allegedly smuggling oil after an hours-long gun battle off the coast.analysis: what has led to rampant refugee child abuse in libya?the coastguard spotted the vessels on thursday night about 2km off sidi said near zuwara, a town on the coast west of tripoli, authorities said."the libyan coastguard boarded the two tankers, one flying the ukrainian flag, the ruta, and the other, the stark, flying the congolese flag," said general ayoub qassem."the coastguards had monitored them from afar and waited until friday morning to act," he told afp news agency on sunday.qassem said the oil traffickers were heavily armed and were supported by small boats.they put up fierce resistance, but the tankers were eventually






harvard seeks to confront historical ties to slavery


cambridge, mass. — harvard university is taking new steps to confront its past ties to slavery.the ivy league school is hosting a conference friday exploring the historical ties between slavery and early universities, including harvard.scholars will present research on the topic and discuss how other colleges have confronted their connections to slavery. writer ta-nehisi (tah neh-hah'-see) coates is scheduled to speak.harvard unveiled a plaque last year honoring four slaves who lived and worked on campus in the 1700s. harvard law also has dropped an emblem that was tied to a slave-owning family.university president drew faust, a historian, has called for more exploration of the school's slavery ties.other universities have similarly sought to acknowledge their roles in slavery, including g






libya seizes oil tankers after shootout at sea | libya news


libya's coastguard has seized two foreign-flagged tankers and detained their crews for allegedly smuggling oil after an hours-long gun battle off the west coast.analysis: what has led to rampant refugee child abuse in libya?the coastguard spotted the vessels on thursday night about 2km off sidi said near zuwara, a town on the central coast, authorities said."the libyan coastguard boarded the two tankers, one flying the ukrainian flag, the ruta, and the other, the stark, flying the congolese flag," said general ayoub qassem."the coastguards had monitored them from afar and waited until friday morning to act," he told afp news agency on sunday.qassem said the oil traffickers were heavily armed and were supported by small boats.they put up fierce resistance, but the tankers were eventually se






un urges libya to release all refugees, asylum seekers | libya news


the head of the un refugee agency has urged libyan authorities to free all asylum seekers and refugees from its detention centres.filippo grandi, united nations high commissioner for refugees, visited one of the detention centres in the libyan capital of tripoli on sunday.gambian migrants return home from libya"i fully appreciate that the government has security concerns," he said, but added that "other solutions" could be found for people fleeing countries in conflict such as syria and somalia.thousands of refugees are being held in dozens of detention centres in libya, after being stopped or rescued from rickety boats as they attempted the perilous mediterranean crossing to europe."i was shocked at the harsh conditions in which refugees and migrants are held," grandi said in a statement






everything president trump has tweeted (and what it was about)


president trump shared a video of his joint news conference with italian prime minister paolo gentiloni.standing alongside gentiloni, trump praised italy's contributions to the wars in iraq and afghanistan. he commended its efforts toward seeking stability in libya. he also hailed the country's contributions to art and music, touting the late opera legend luciano pavarotti as "a great friend."but trump remained steadfast on his demands that european allies meet their financial obligations in their partnerships with the u.s. he urged italy to address the refugee crisis through a policy that "seeks the eventual return of refugees to their home countries so they can help to rebuild their own nations."gentiloni, who has been italy's prime minister since december, stressed the need for burden-s






un considers sanctions to fight libya slave trade | libya news


france's ambassador to the un has urged the security council to impose sanctions on the people involved in libya's slave trade of african refugees and migrants.francois delattre's comments come as human trafficking in libya has become a burning topic since a cnn investigation produced footage of west africans being sold at slave markets in november."france will propose to assist the sanctions committee ... in identifying responsible individuals and entities for trafficking through libyan territory," he told the council on tuesday."we count upon support of the members of the council to make headway to that end."a sanctions programme set up in 2011, the year of the us-supported invasion of libya which saw the overthrow of long-time leader muammar gaddafi, allows the security council to place






migrant children face abuse, abduction and detention on route from africa to eur


thousands of migrant and refugee children routinely face abuse, exploitation and detention as they make the journey along the central mediterranean migration route to europe, according to a new report from the united nations children’s fund.the children, most of whom are fleeing war and poverty in sub-saharan africa, travel north into libya and across the sea to italy, and are subjected to sexual violence, extortion and abduction along the way, the children’s rights agency said.last year, more than 180,000 refugees and migrants, including more than 25,000 mostly unaccompanied children, arrived in italy via the central mediterranean route, unicef said. the most dangerous part of the route is a 621-mile trek from the southern border of libya’s desert to its mediterranean coast, combined with






slavery in the us prison system | prisons


today marks one year since the largest prison labour strike in us history. more than24,000 prisoners across 29 prisons in 12 states protested against inhumane conditions, timing it around the anniversary of the attica prison uprising, a prisoner strike now 46 years old. that violent uprising originated from prisoners rebelling against overcrowded cells, unsanitary conditions, medical neglect and abuse. from attica to the strike led by the incarcerated workers organizing committee last year, these protests draw attention to an ugly truth: prisoner abuse runs rampant and it has extended into modern-day versions of slavery. last year's strike organisers described slavery-like conditions in prisons in the nationwide call to action.slavery persists by another name today. young men and women of






sweden: 'torture, rape and slavery in libya must stop' | sweden


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syrian who set out solo from libya in tiny boat is rescued


rome (ap) — a syrian refugee has been saved at sea after setting out solo in a tiny boat from libya, where he told rescuers he was practically a slave.the 30-year-old man told rescuers aboard the rescue boat of proactiva open arms that he worked as a nurse in libya for three years after fleeing syria’s war and feared for his life.riccardo gatti, chief of mission aboard the ngo rescue ship, told the associated press by phone monday that the ship, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) off libya’s coast, was about to head to malta to change crew amid worsening weather, when a crew member, using binoculars, spotted the three-meter (10-foot) dinghy friday.he said the man recounted that he had left 20 hours earlier from an isolated libya beach.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






here are four myths about american slavery we need to stop believing


commentary, facebook, u.s. newshere are four myths about american slavery we need to stop believingthe conversation03 jul 2017 at 08:59 etpeople think they know everything about slavery in the united states, but they don’t. they think the majority of african slaves came to the american colonies, but they didn’t. they talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. they claim all southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t.slavery has been in the news a lot lately. from the discovery of the auction of 272 enslaved people that enabled georgetown university to remain in operation to the mcgraw-hill textbook controversy over calling slaves “workers from africa” and the slavery memorial being built at the university of virginia, americans are






here are four myths about american slavery we need to stop believing


people think they know everything about slavery in the united states, but they don’t. they think the majority of african slaves came to the american colonies, but they didn’t. they talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. they claim all southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t.slavery has been in the news a lot lately. from the discovery of the auction of 272 enslaved people that enabled georgetown university to remain in operation to the mcgraw-hill textbook controversy over calling slaves “workers from africa” and the slavery memorial being built at the university of virginia, americans are having conversations about this difficult period in american history. some of these dialogues have been wrought with controversy and confl






african migrants sold in libya 'slave markets', iom says


image copyrightreutersimage caption reports of african migrants being bought and sold mark a new low in the crisis africans trying to reach europe are being sold by their captors in "slave markets" in libya, the international organization for migration (iom) says.victims told iom that after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups, they were taken to town squares or car parks to be sold.migrants with skills like painting or tiling would fetch higher prices, the head of the iom in libya told the bbc.libya has been in chaos since the 2011 nato-backed ousting of muammar gaddafi.hundreds of young sub-saharan african men have been caught up in the so-called slave markets, according to the iom report.a senegalese migrant, who was not named to protect his identity, said that he had be