In his speech on Wednesday at the African- European Summit in the capital of Côte d’Ivoire, the President of Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, said that what has been published and circulated in some media reports of allegations of slavery and trafficking of migrants is being investigated by authorities in Libya. The inhuman practices that have been discovered are incompatible with the values and heritage of the Libyan people.
Al-Sarraj added that Libya is a victim of migrant smuggling and not a sponsor of the crisis. Al-Sarraj suggested that if such abuses is truly occurring in Libya, then it is due to the county’s current unstable security conditions. Libya has witnessed the lack of security in its own borders as well as the transit and origin countries, despite Libya’s appeal and requests for regional and international contribution in securing these borders.
Al-Sarraj confirmed that supporting the return of stability to Libya will enable it to confront the smugglers and secure its borders and provide job opportunities for hundreds of thousands from Africa and elsewhere.Al-Sarraj pointed out that the number of migrants in Libya have now exceeded half a million immigrants from 24 countries, 95% of them from Africa alone, pointing out that the shelters in Libya has about 20,000 immigrants.
Al-Sarraj said that the problem of illegal immigration is as bad for Libya as it is for everyone. “We are unable to face it because of the political, security and economic conditions that the country is going through,” he said. In his speech at the African-European Summit held in Côte d’Ivoire capital Wednesday, Al-Siraj pointed out that the number of African workers in Libya has witnessed a great shortage, after there were 2 million African workers before entering the conflict now, according to the Libyan News Agency in Tripoli.
In his speech, Al-Sarraj called on African countries to take responsibility for the return of their migrant nationals, and he expressed Libya’s readiness to assist in their deportation, stressing that Libya can not give up or compromise on its membership of the African region and will not give up its role in supporting the continent’s issues.
Libya has recently witnessed a sharp criticism of the issue of immigrants, following a report published by CNN, proving the existence of markets for the sale of slaves in Libya, which has led to a meeting of the Security Council on the situation of migrants in Libya.