…Amb. Talbi Denies ‘Slavery Of Migrants’
By Jimmey C. Fahngon
Libyan Ambassador to Liberia Mohamed Omar Talbi has denounced alleged treatment against African migrants in Libya.
Ambassador Talbi said Libyans are not noted for such inhumane treatment against their fellow Africans as being reported particularly by the western media.
He said Libyans are good people who loved and treat every man with dignity.
Besides, he said the Islamic religion does not allow Libyans to treat fellow humans in such sneering manner.
Ambassador Talbi said Libyans have always embraced Africans irrespective of colors and do not believe in discrimination.
The Libyan Ambassador said the reported news about ill-treatment of migrants in that country is not a state sanctioned act and the Libyan Government is currently investigating the matter to establish the truthfulness of the reported act for prompt action.
Ambassador Talbi said the organized crime gangs (human trafficking mafia) are utilizing the political and security crisis that Libya is currently undergoing to commit human trafficking crimes and organize illegal immigration journeys to Europe.
He said for many years Libya has been facing the phenomenon of the flow of huge numbers of illegal immigrants due to the political, economic and social crises, natural disasters and armed conflicts that the source countries are facing. Those immigrants utilize Libya’s geographical location and use its coasts to cross to Europe. This phenomenon led to several security problems and dangers.
The current Libyan Government of National Accord is an interim one that is working hard to be in full control of Libyan territories.
He said in adherence to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International and Regional Agreements concerning human rights, especially, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Right, the United Nations Convention against Transnational crimes, among others, the Libyan Government of National Accord and people cannot support such practices against fellow human beings.
However, he said Libya alone cannot be held responsible to bear the cost of addressing the phenomenon of illegal migration, which is in fact, a collective responsibility between the countries of origin, transit and final destination.
Amb. Talbi stressed the need for the international community to join Libya in tackling the issue of illegal migrant’s trade.
At the same time, Ghana Foreign Ministry has explained that no Ghanaian has been sold off as a slave in Libya.
There had been concerns that Ghanaians could be involved, but Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister says no Ghanaian has been caught up in that despicable development.
In a related development, the Nigerien Embassy in Tripoli says it is not aware of any slave trade that is alleged to be taking place in Libya.
The Embassy of Niger in Libya has denied that there were any of its citizens treated as slaves in Libya.
The Embassy also disclaimed the rumors of more than 8 thousand Nigerien citizens being persecuted or imprisoned in Libya.
In a statement issued recently, the Embassy said “those allegations are malicious and incorrect.”
The Embassy disclosed that the total number of Nigeriens detained in Libya is only 211; 67 of them are detained in criminal cases and are serving their sentences in three Libyan prisons.
“The others are detained because they do not carry identification papers, which the Embassy is negotiating for their release.” The statement further explained.
The Embassy denied the reports about its citizens being sold as slaves in Libya. It said it has not been informed of any sale to its citizens in any of the Libyan markets or elsewhere, adding that the reports are totally false.