Category: Libya

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The EU’s complicity in refugee abuse in Libya

“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…

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‘Slavery is an unfriendly actuality in Libya’

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…

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African refugees sold, sold and murdered in Libya

Hundreds of African refugees are being bought and sold in “slave markets” across Libya every week, a human trafficker has told Al Jazeera, with many of them held for ransom or forced into prostitution and sexual exploitation to pay their captors and smugglers. Many of them ended up being murdered by their smugglers in the…

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How the EU is accountable for slavery in Libya

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…