The African Union, European Union and the United Nations have agreed to formulate a task force in Libya that will check the migrant abuse and slave trade in Libya. In a joint press release, the EN-AU-UN Task Force created will protect the lives of migrants and refugees along the routes and inside Libya and facilitate the resettlement of those affected. The EU is expected to fund the voluntary relocation of migrants to their countries of origin.
The AU’s Moussa Faki Mahamat, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, its foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met on Wednesday morning on the sidelines of the ongoing Africa – European Union summit in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan.
The task force will work in coordination with recognized Libyan government towards dismantling trafficking and criminal networks that target the migrants escaping war and adverse conditions in their countries of origin.
Even though the AU-EU summit is targeted at the African youth, the issue of migrant abuse has been thrust to the fore following the release of slave market footage in Libya, where white Libyans are selling black Africans for as much as $400.