UN Security Council demands punishment of human traffickers in Libya

UN Security Council demands punishment of human traffickers in Libya

November 28, 2017 - 23:18
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN Security Council has condemned human trafficking in Libya as all the member states' representatives attending the meeting called for punishing the individuals responsible for such heinous violations and bringing them to The Hague.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said about 117.000 illegal immigrants are detained in Libya , demanding support for the coast guard in order to confront the human trafficking operations, saying all the 15 members affected by the issue should create a monitoring system, adding that the solution must be political and security-oriented.

The Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing said over 6.000 people drowned off Libyan shores since the start of 2017, adding that Libya should cooperate regarding the detention centers.

"Despite all the Libyans' provision to the immigration issue, the human trafficking dilemma is still there and the international community must help. Libya must empty the detention centers that harbor 15.000 persons" Swing said.

Likewise, the UK representative seconded calls to ending the "slave markets" in Libya, saying that the illegal immigration issue is a good pretext for the smuggling gangs to use the suffering of the immigrants and turn them into slaves, saying a stable state is need in Libya to end such chaotic situations.

The French Francois Delattre said the council should use sanctions to help stamp out trafficking in Libya.

“France will propose to assist the sanctions committee in identifying responsible individuals and entities for trafficking through Libyan territory,” Delattre told the UN Security Council.

Italy's representative Sebastiano Cardi said the solution to human trafficking and illegal immigration is boosting stability and political solution in Libya.

He also added that Italy is concerned over the conditions of the migrants and the reports of slave trade in Libya, adding that the Italian embassy in Tripoli helped support all discussion about how to end the crisis in the country.

A CNN report about "slave auctions" helped ignite lots of outrage on social media, in the African countries and at the UN.