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Libya risks Africa diplomatic isolation over slave trade

Story from: CAJ News Africa

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from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) is wary of a breakdown of diplomatic relations between Libya and countries whose nationals have been sold off as slaves in the North African country.

To avoid such diplomatic tiffs, the organisation is advocating for compensation to victims and punitive action be taken against the widely-condemned practice of auctioning victims in open markets.

Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, President of the CAPP, encouraged Libya to actively liaise with the various countries whose nationals have been affected by the “nefarious activities� of human traffickers, through their embassies and ministries of foreign affairs to forestall a breakdown of diplomatic relations.

“(Libya must) ensure a thorough investigation of the incident to uncover the identity and modus operandi of the gangs and syndicate and advocate for some form of compensation for the victims of the unfortunate incident, as well as appropriate punishment for perpetrators of the incident to serve as deterrent to others,� she said.

Aliyu, a Nigerian and first female leader of the CAPP, said the situation witnessed in Libya called for great concern and collective action from all stakeholders.

Her sentiments coincided with Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari directing the immediate repatriation and aid to be provided for affected compatriots.

It is believed most of the victims of the slave trade are Nigerians.

Aliyu said CAPP by its mandate and vision must play a prominent role in the resolution of the situation in Libya, whose government has pledged investigations.

The organisation plans to embark on an awareness exercise in affected countries like Cameroon, Libya and Nigeria, against human trafficking and illegal migration.

CAPP was convened in Khartoum, Sudan in 2013 with the participation of 45 political parties from 33 African countries.

– CAJ News




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