United Nations condemns 'heinous' sale of migrants in Libya as slaves

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging Libya to work to improve conditions for hundreds of thousands of migrants living in camps in the North African nation, and to improve access for worldwide aid organizations to the facilities.

"The Embassy will continue to engage the legitimate government in Libya and other stakeholders in addressing the plight of Nigerian migrants in that country". "This condition has made our efforts of reaching out to our migrants hard, but more or less the locations of Ethiopian migrants have been identified", Meles said.

A refugee camp in Turkey 2015. Source UNDP
A refugee camp in Turkey 2015. Source UNDP

In addition, the continental body asked member states to identify their nationals, to issue emergency travel documents, to provide flight and landing authorization, and to facilitate their reintegration.

It would be recalled that the recent AU-EU summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, passed a decision to take individual and collective measures, if the Libyan authorities fail to take immediate measures against the "slave trade".

The Federal Government has said that it has a record of 2,778 Nigerian migrants registered in "accessible" detention camps in Libya, ready for repatriation.

William Lacy Swing, the head of the United Nations migration agency, told the council November 28 that as part of an effort to tackle enslaving of migrants, the United Nations planned to try to empty government-controlled detention centers in Libya holding about 15,000 people.