MPs in Ghana want Libya sanctioned over slave trade

Members of Ghana’s Parliament want the African Union (AU) and the international community to intervene to halt the re-emergence of slave trade on the African continent.

This call is as result of the disturbing news reported by the Cable News Network (CNN) from the US on the auctioning of black Africans held in detention camps by rebel groups on open market in Libya. The documentary showed that black migrants from different parts of Africa including Ghana are victims.

Responding to a statement made on the Floor of Parliament on Wednesday by the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Frank Annor Dompreh, on the subject, the Members of Parliament expressed total disgust at the inhumane acts of violence and torture being meted out to these unsuspecting migrants by fellow Africans.

The Chairman of the Committee reiterated government’s position on the ongoing incident which states that their checks have revealed that there were no Ghanaian migrants among those being auctioned as slaves in the open market.

However, the government has been able to rescue some 168 Ghanaian Nationals who were held captive at some detention camps in that country for flouting immigration laws. The 168 have since arrived in Ghana in a chatted flight facilitated by the government.

The Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called on the international community and the United Nations to consider placing sanctions on Libya in order to halt some of the excesses of violent attacks by rebel groups currently ongoing in that country.

The Sahelian country in the Northern part of Africa has never known peace since its leader, Muamar Al-Gadafi was ousted by rebel groups with the help of Western powers. The Prime Minister of France, has requested for a high level meeting at the G8 level to find a lasting solution to the disturbing situation in the crisis ridden Libya.

Source: Clement Akoloh || ghananewsonline.com.gh

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