President Akufo-Addo has condemned the maltreatment and human-selling of African migrants currently ongoing in Libya.
Pictures of slave markets and gross abuse of black Africans are awash
on social media after CNN uncovered the fledging human trade in the
North African country.
The horrible images show some migrants being sold for $400 while others
are tortured to death by individuals in Libyan military wears.
Some Africans have condemned the apparent silence of the continent’s
leaders over the development as the AU, ECOWAS and other known regional
blocks are yet to comment on the issue.
Tweeting on the matter Tuesday, President Akufo-Addo said the incident
is undermining the cohesion campaign being canvassed by the leaders on
“The current slave auctions of Africans in Libya are not only gross and
scandalous abuses of human rights, but are also mockeries of the
alleged solidarity of African nations grouped in the African Union (AU),
of which Libya is a member”.
Meanwhile, France’s ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre has urged
the Security Council to impose sanctions on the people involved in
Libya’s slave trade of African refugees and migrants.
“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 sanctions on “individuals
and entities involved in or complicit in ordering, controlling, or
otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses
against persons in Libya”.
Slavery and human trafficking have been present in Libya for years.
International news channel, CNN, captured a video in which some stranded
Africans who had hopes of embarking on journeys to Europe through the
Mediterranean, were being sold off at various prices.
The Libyan government has since started investigations into the matter.
There had been concerns that Ghanaians could be involved, but Ghana’s
Foreign Affairs Minister says no Ghanaian has been caught up in that
168 Ghanaian detainees in Libya to return home
The Ministry however says it is facilitating the return of some 168
Ghanaians who have been detained in Libya. A statement from the Ministry
said the 168, who were thought to be victims of a torturous slave trade
activity in Libya, were rather illegal migrants arrested by the Libyan
“Following disturbing reports of African nationals being sold off as
slaves in Libya, the Ghana Mission in Malta, with concurrent
accreditation from Libya, paid a consular visit to the three detention
centers in Tripoli, namely, Tajoora, Trek Al Sika and Trek Mate.”
The purpose was to ascertain the veracity of the claims, assess their
condition, and offer assistance to those detainees identified as
Ghanaians, among many other illegal migrants held at these centers.
It emerged that 168 Ghanaian detainees who were identified, were not
part of the slave trade as alleged, but had rather been arrested on
illegal immigration charges, and were already being held in detention
camps,” the statement said.
The Ministry said it was working together with the International
Organization for Migration (IOM), to get the identified Ghanaians back
into the country via a chartered flight from Tripoli.
“The undocumented Ghanaians were immediately issued with the necessary
travel documents to facilitate their repatriation to Ghana on a
chartered flight, with support from the International Organisation for
Although there were no details about their timelines concerning the
repatriation exercise, the Ministry assured Ghanaians that it was
closely monitoring the situation in that country, and will provide
details if need be.
Meanwhile, the Ministry is holding talks with some stakeholders to get a
consulate opened in Libya. The existing consulate had to be closed down
during the Libyan crises several months ago.