Media Statement

29 November 2017

South Africa condemns and denounces the reported slave trade of African Migrants in Libya

South Africa joins the international community in strongly condemning the disturbing reports of auctioning of African migrants in Libya as slaves. These inhumane acts are incongruent with the ideals of the African Union and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

South Africa calls for an immediate end to these atrocities and other criminal acts of human trafficking. South Africa welcomes the announcement by the Libyan authorities to investigate and identify all the perpetrators and accomplices of these criminal acts and looks forward to a transparent and credible investigation. Publishing the outcome of the investigation will be the most prudent and welcome thing to do by the Libyan authorities. We further urge the Libyan authorities to do everything in their power to improve the conditions of African migrants in the camps meant to house migrants on their territory.

South Africa will continue its work to eradicate human trafficking and support international efforts to bring those who abuse vulnerable people to justice. We will continue to champion the respect for human rights, especially those of our fellow African brothers and sisters.

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