Libya’s Chargé D’affaires Denied the Existence of Slave Auctions in his Country

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Libya’s Chargé d’affaires in Khartoum, Ali Meftah al-Mahrouq, has denied organized human trafficking or slave trade of African citizens on his country’s territory, saying in press conference in Khartoum on Sunday that “It is not systematic action or collective behavior”.

“Even if it happens, it remains an individual act, and the perpetrators will be punished in accordance to Libyan law” he said.

Al-Mahrouq said the Libyan authorities had opened investigations about what media reports that there was a “slave market” in Libya where illegal immigrants were sold through organized auctions.

He stressed the Libyan government’s commitment to the teachings of the Islamic religion, national laws, the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the international and regional conventions on human rights, which criminalize human trafficking and stresses the proper treatment of legal and illegal migrants.