UN Security Council approves tougher action on human trafficking

UN Security Council approves tougher action on human trafficking

The African Union (AU) added its voice to the outrage that greeted footage last week of African migrants being auctioned at a "slave market" in Libya, and on Tuesday AU Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat called on African countries to help.

Speaking at a press conference with European Union external policy chief Federica Mogherini, Mahamat drew a connection between the situation in Libya and the migration crisis, stating that because of the lack of governance in the North African country, criminal groups are thriving in Libya, including human traffickers.

PARIS | France requested a meeting, "express" of the security Council of the united Nations to discuss the sale of africans as slaves in Libya, revealed by the american channel CNN, announced Wednesday the minister of foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed horror at the news reports and video footage and called on Libyan authorities to urgently investigate the situation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

It does so as a permanent member of the security Council, it has the ability to do so and we do, " he stressed in front of the national Assembly.

"We want it to go fast and if the Libyan justice system can not carry this procedure through then we should open global sanctions", Le Drian said during a question and answer session at the lower house of the French parliament.

A French diplomat said the United Nations session would likely be in coming days, probably next week, and would see what concrete measures could be taken to improve the situation.

I am deeply appreciative of the offer made by the government of Rwanda to resettle up to 30,000 African migrants languishing in Libya or transport those who wish to return to their countries of origin.

"Rwanda is now under discussions.to see how we can help in welcoming migrants held captive in Libya", said Louise Mushikiwabo.

Human rights groups have criticized the European Union for pressuring Libya into stopping the flow of migrants to Europe.

Libya has been suffering from turmoil resulting in the humanitarian and refugee crisis since 2011, when a civil war broke out in the country and long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown.

The AU, EU and the United Nations must work together to find an immediate solution to the migration crisis and the situation in Libya, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Mahamat said Wednesday.

Le Drian said he wanted the International Organization for Migration and the U.N. Refugee Agency to publish details about the trafficking of migrants in the country.