The United Nations has finally reacted to alleged slave trade in Libya which has sparked backlash across the world.
The United Nations Security Council condemned reports of the human slave trade in Libya on Thursday, describing the acts as “heinous abuses of human rights.”
Amb. Koro Bessho of Japan, Council President for the 15-member body in a statement said “The Security Council expresses grave concern about reports of migrants being sold into slavery in Libya,”
“The Security Council condemns such actions as heinous abuses of human rights which may also amount to crimes against humanity. The Security Council calls upon all relevant authorities to investigate such activities without delay to bring the perpetrators to justice and hold those responsible to account.
“The Security Council further underlines the need for coordination of efforts to tackle the root causes of large movements of people, including forced displacement, unmanaged migration and trafficking in persons, in a comprehensive and holistic manner, to prevent exploitation of refugees and migrants by smugglers and human traffickers, as well as for implementation of the 2030 agenda.”
The statement, read by Japanese Ambassador to the UN Koro Bessho, comes weeks after undercover CNN reported auction outside Libya’s capital of Tripoli, which spurred reactions in Africa and in Europe, and led to protests outside the Libyan Embassy in Paris.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres horrified by the reports called for justice, describing the reports as appalling
“I abhor these appalling acts and call upon all competent authorities to investigate these activities without delay and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“I have asked the relevant United Nations actors to actively pursue this matter,” Guterres said.