(CNN)Libyan authorities have launched a formal investigation into slave auctions in the country following an exclusive CNN report earlier this week, the government said Friday.
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The Libyan slave trade, as well as the global slave trade, are certainly complex issues which will require a worldwide effort to eradicate. However, there are steps you can take to help end slavery in Libya and beyond.
Make Sure The U.N. Focuses Its Efforts On This Issue
First and foremost, you should advocate for the U.S. and the United Nations take a strong stance when it comes to investigating, condemning, and ending the Libyan slave trade. On Tuesday, diplomats at a U.N. Security Council meeting (including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley) called for an investigation into the Libyan slave trade, as well as a coordinated U.N. response to help combat the problem.
While this initial momentum is promising, it is imperative to continue to put pressure on the U.N. to follow through with an investigation, as well as to develop a comprehensive response to addressing the issue. Consider contacting Ambassador Haley to encourage her to continue to prioritize the slave trade issue within the United Nations system.
#Slavery & #HumanTrafficking shouldn't be happening. African migrants & #refugees are victims of #SlaveTrade in #Libya. There needs to be mass #media coverage. World leaders know about this & remain silent. Where's the #UnitedNations?#Africa #HumanRightshttps://t.co/BamR4UcLQF
— Abdul Hamid Faruki (@TjpAbdul) November 27, 2017
Support The International Organization For Migration (IOM)
The IOM is working in Libya to protect migrants’ human rights and to prevent them from being trafficked into servitude by smugglers. The organization is doing so by pushing Libyan authorities to develop alternatives to migrant detention centers (where migrants are often exploited and abused) and demanding that authorities hold those who abuse or enslave migrants accountable for their actions.
So far, the organization has succeeded in closing seven detention centers in the country and is pushing for the creation of open detention centers that respect migrants’ rights. You can donate to the IOM here.
Our latest newsletter covering the period from 24 October to 5 November is now out! If you would like to know more about our activities in #Libya, check this link: https://t.co/cH8tEtpRZd pic.twitter.com/jDwjDbWzmf
— IOM Libya (@IOM_Libya) November 14, 2017
Fight The “Root Causes” Of Slavery And Trafficking
You can also help stop the Libyan slave trade by helping fight what U.N. Secretary General António Guterres refers to as the “root causes” of trafficking and slavery — one of which is poverty. You can help stop trafficking and slavery by donating to development organizations that help refugees (like the United Nations Refugee Agency) or to organizations that work on country-wide aid and development, either in Libya or in the countries from which migrants are fleeing.
— World Food Programme (@WFP) November 28, 2017