UN SECY-GEN EXPRESSES HORROR AT NEWS OF AFRICAN MIGRANTS BEING SOLD AS SLAVES IN LIBYA

UNITED NATIONS, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed horror at news reports and videos showing African migrants in Libya allegedly being sold as slaves and has called on the authorities to urgently investigate the situation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most egregious abuses of human rights and may amount to crimes against humanity, Guterres told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York City Monday. He has also asked the relevant UN agencies to actively pursue the matter.

Guterres also called on all countries to adopt and apply the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol on trafficking in persons. “I urge the international community to unite in fighting this scourge.”

The Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the Convention, was adopted by the UN General Assembly in November 2000 and entered into force in January 2004. It is an important legal instrument which seeks to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants, as well as to promote co-operation among nations, while protecting the rights of the smuggled migrants.

The UN chief urged the international community to unite in fighting the scourge. He also called for addressing migration flows in a comprehensive and humane manner, including through the development of co-operation among States to address its root causes, meaningful increase of all the opportunities for legal migration, and enhanced international co-operation in cracking down on smugglers and traffickers and protecting the rights of their victims.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK