NATO’s ‘new’ Libya, slavery and torture hell


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Ivorian migrants returning from Libya, recount slavery ordeal
21 November 2017

At least 155 Ivorians have returned to Abidjan from Libya. Their repatriation has been organised by the International Organisation for Migration. It comes days after international news network CNN broadcast a report on the slave trade of migrants in Libya. The story has sent shockwaves through sub-Saharan Africa and angered governments and rights groups. Thuli Tshabalala has more.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Torture, executions and lawlessness in Libyan militia prisons

Armed militia hold thousands of men, women and children without trial in Libya in prisons. It violates massive human rights, reports a UN report. Prisoners are neglected, tortured and executed.

In recent years, politicians, activists, journalists and people loyal to the Gaddafi regime have been picked off the streets without warning. Their family usually has no idea where they are. Prisoners sit in small cells without daylight or ventilation. Contact with the outside world is not allowed.

Just in 2017, hospitals in the capital Tripoli counted 37 bodies with torture injuries. The UN researchers rely on testimonies, medical reports, photos and eyewitness reports. …

According to the report, the Libyan government has not attempted to curb or encapsulate the rebellious militias in the existing system. Instead, the militias have been used to enforce the law. The government has, among other things, armed and paid the militia.

In this way, they have become increasingly powerful and have taken matters into their own hands, including setting up prisons.

Sometimes the militias are also affiliated with the Libyan government, according to the report. The researchers have no idea how many people are stuck in the militia prisons.

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Close Libyan torture and slavery jails, Dutch government says


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26 November 2017

A slave market in 🇱🇾Libya for African immigrants.

🌍Africans mostly from 🇳🇪Nigeria and other countries trying to get to 🇮🇹Italy through Libya are being sold to Arab countries (Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia) @ $200 to $700, together with others, Libyan nationals who are against the Tripoli government. 🇺🇸USA is purely silent simply because it’s gaining millions of dollars from oil wells. These boys and girls are forced to work and are forced to fight in wars.

Translated from Natalie Righton in Dutch daily De Volkskrant, 8 March 2018, 19:16:

Minister Kaag: Libyan detention centers for migrants must be closed, circumstances are inhuman

The Libyan detention centers for migrants must be closed immediately. The conditions are too dehumanizing. This says Minister Kaag of International Development after a visit to Libya. In more than thirty state prisons, there are still about five thousand migrants arrested by the Libyan Coast Guard when they tried to reach Europe by boat. Thousands of others are locked up in prisons of armed groups.

‘State prisons’ are prisons of the armed group recognized by most NATO governments as the ‘government’ of Libya. Other armed groups claim to be ‘governments’ as well; and sometimes get semi-recognition of that by some NATO governments.

‘The centers, which are not suitable for humans, have to close’, according to Minister Kaag Wednesday after a visit to a detention center in Tajoura, a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli. This makes her the first EU member of government to come to this conclusion.

Kaag thinks that the Netherlands can not remain silent about exploitation and forced labour, just because Europe does not want migrants to reach the European coast. “On whatever side you are in this debate, we are all human”, says Kaag. … ‘This includes a humane asylum policy. This is not humane. ”

In line with the EU, the Dutch cabinet is also striving to keep as many African migrants as possible in Africa to prevent them from coming to Europe. But Kaag emphasizes that Libya is not a suitable candidate to make deals with for the time being, because of the administrative chaos that prevails there. …

Hell on earth

Migrants call the Libyan detention centers, speaking to human rights activists ‘hell on earth’, where torture, sexual abuse and even murders take place. The American channel CNN opened the eyes of many European politicians at the end of last year by showing how imprisoned migrants are resold as slaves. …

Libya has no clear border control like Turkey, with which the EU has a deal about stopping migrants. …

Last year, 110 thousand of the 180 thousand boat refugees departed from Libya to Europe.

Especially Italy, but also other EU member states are determined to further reduce the numbers. They finance the Libyan Coast Guard. The Italians reportedly also pay local Libyan militiamen to stop migrants. …

Kaag’s call to close the centers not only poses a dilemma for her European colleagues, but also for her coalition partners from VVD, CDA and Christen Unie. Because what should happen to the migrants who have been caught if they can not be taken to a detention center?

Kaag’s D66 party is the most ‘liberal’ in the Dutch four party government. Especially the VVD and CDA parties are anti-refugee hardliners.

Italian government arrests for helping refugees escape from slavery


This 28 November 2017 video says about itself:

SLAVE TRADE IN LIBYA | SHOCKING DOCUMENTARY

I bumped into this documentary and I decided to upload it on YouTube so as to shed more light on what is going on in Libya. Ross Kemp covered this months ago and till now, no European or Western country has condemned the act. We need to stop the slave trade in Libya!!

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 18 March 2018:

Italy seizes aid organization’s ship

The Italian authorities have seized a relief organization’s ship. The ship had 218 migrants aboard, who left at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily. The aid agency ProActiva refused to transfer the migrants at sea to Libya ….

Indeed, to Libya. Where they would have been sold into slavery.

The present Italian government is a ‘center left’ caretaker government. The leader of the extreme right Northern League party wants to become the new prime minister, but neither his party nor any other party has a majority, meaning there is no new government after the election yet. It looks like the ‘center left’ caretaker government is emulating the extreme right’s xenophobia.

Italy has now reluctantly allowed them in.

The crew was detained and the commander and coordinator of the ship were charged with cooperating with illegal migration …

They are accused of bringing the migrants to Italy instead of transferring them to Libya.

Italy wants to reduce the flow of migrants, only allowing ships from non-governmental organizations affiliated with Frontex, the EU agency that monitors the external borders of Europe.

A pro-refugee non-governmental organization, if it affiliates with anti-refugee governmental Frontex, of course ceases to be ‘non-governmental’ and ceases to be humanitarian.

THE head of a Spanish aid group said today he fears human-trafficking charges may be brought against his staff after they refused to hand over a group of rescued migrants to the Libyan coastguard in a tense standoff at sea, instead taking them to Italy. Proactiva Open Arms founder and director Oscar Camps said Italian authorities seized his group’s boat yesterday in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo. Officers were investigating the rescue group for suspected criminal association and aiding illegal immigration: here.

From NATO Libyan war to Manchester terrorism


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Blowback: NATO, Libya, and Suicide Terror

27 February 2018

May 22, 2017: A suicide bomber walks into a pop concert in Manchester and blows himself up. There’s a lot we don’t know about the attack, and likely never well, but what we do know is that the attack on Manchester, and other similar attacks, may, in part, be blowback from Western foreign policy.

Soon after the Arab Spring arrived in Libya in February 2011, the Western powers, in the form of NATO, decided to intervene and help topple Gadhafi. Libya quickly descended into violence and chaos, enabling ISIS to sweep into the vacuum. Though many of the Libyan rebels who had protested Gadhafi were ordinary Libyans seeking freedom, some of them were “jihadi militias” and Salman Abedi, the suicide attacker, had been trained to fight in Libya alongside these “jihadi militias”.

Hosted by Mehdi Hasan.

Abedi, born in Britain, was brought by the British ‘intelligence’ service to Libya for fighting as a child soldier in a jihadist militia. That totally fucked him up.

The British government has admitted that it “likely” had contacts with two Islamist groups, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and the 17 February Martyrs Brigade, for which the 2017 Manchester Arena bomber, Salman Abedi, and his father reportedly fought during the 2011 war in Libya: here.

NATO’s ‘new’ Libya, bloodshed continues


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Detained by Militias: Libya‘s Migrant Trade (Part 1)

15 September 2015

In a desperate bid to seek a better life in Europe, thousands of refugees and migrants leave the shores of Libya and cross the perilous Mediterranean Sea every month. Over 2,000 people have died making the journey in 2015 alone.

The routes to and journey through Libya are also dangerous, however, and since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, the country has struggled to achieve and maintain stability. Porous desert borders, rival fighters, and weak governance have left much of Libya in complete chaos.

With militias controlling large swathes of land, their attentions have turned to the people who cross their territories. The fighters assert they are bringing order to the country as they detain the refugees, yet these people’s lives have become valuable commodities to the militias as they try to solidify their positions in the country.

VICE News secured exclusive access to a camp outside Tripoli, run by a militia that has seized hundreds of migrants. Food is scarce, dehydration and disease is rife, and control comes in the form of whips and warning shots. The militia claims to have the migrants’ interests at heart, but what emerges is a very different story.

In part one of a two-part series, VICE News examines how Libya is struggling with the Mediterranean migrant crisis, where state-run detention centers are overcrowded and violent, and how government immigration controls are outsourced to militias, where they detain migrants en masse.

This video is called Kidnapped and Sold: Libya’s Migrant Trade (Part 2).

In the ‘new’ Libya created by the 2011 NATO war, there is slavery now.

And the bloodshed continues.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV: today

At least 20 dead by fights in Tripoli, airport closed

In fighting between rival paramilitary groups in the Libyan capital Tripoli, at least twenty people have been killed today. Dozens were injured. It is the most fierce fighting in Tripoli in recent months.

Mitiga airport has been closed for an indefinite time. A few parked aircraft were damaged. The international airport of Tripoli was destroyed in 2014 and put out of use. Mitiga, originally a military airport, has since been used as a civilian airport as well. …

Both the airport and the prison are controlled by Rada, a self-appointed anti-terror unit that falls under the Ministry of the Interior of the Unity Government [one of various governments in Libya]. The attack was carried out by rival fighters from Tajoura, east of Tripoli.

Tripoli had been in the hands of several rival militias since the deposition of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

A double car bombing in Libya has left at least 22 people dead and 30 wounded: here.

AT LEAST 33 people died in a twin car bombing that struck the Libyan city of Benghazi last night: here.

How European Union xenophobia kills Africans


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The EU Silently Welcomes Slavery In Libya

1 December 2017

The European Union was awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize “for over six decades [having] contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”

At the same time, EU officials know that once refugees can’t make it to Europe—whether because they become enslaved in Libya or are too fearful to make the trip—they are no longer a problem for the Union.

Translated from Bram Vermeulen, Dutch NOS TV correspondent in Africa:

“You must forgive me”, words to never forget

Today, 09:36

The story of 2017 that stays with me the most was told to us on the floor of one of the ghettos in the caravan city of Agadez in Niger.

Thermo Amadou from Guinea and Diallo Mamdou Djulde told about the day when the Toyota Hilux left them and 23 others in the vast desert near the border between Niger and Libya. The driver had deviated from the route that smugglers have been using for decades between Agadez and the Libyan border.

On that route, since the beginning of the year, there are roadblocks and policemen trained by the European agency Eucap, which settled in Agadez to stop the migration to Europe. The consequence of this pressure from Brussels is that the smugglers now prefer the unpaved roads through the Sahara.

The driver of Amadou and his travel companion after a day of driving lacked petrol. In order to refuel he would drive back to the official route, but with 25 migrants in the trunk, he would certainly be arrested. So you wait here, he said. “I’ll be right back.”

Most of them got out of the trunk. Thermo Amadou remained seated. Until Pappi, the muscular Congolese persuaded him to trust the driver. “Otherwise we will all die here.” The driver never came back. They waited for him a full day.

Then they started walking. With two jerry cans containing 5 liters of water, connected to a rope that he had wrapped around his neck. Back to Agadez. Following the tracks of the Toyota Hilux. On the seventh day the Senegalese Pap Djah gave up. “Leave me behind here”, he begged the others. They had already carried him forward on his shoulders for a day. “Il faut me pardonner”, he said. “You must forgive me.”

Thermo Amadou had never forgotten those words. “Il faut me pardonner”. He sat on a stone in Agadez’s ghetto, and Diallo sat next to him with hollow eyes. They were crying. They walked nine days to tell this story. Two others did not survive the journey on foot. They buried them in the Sahara sand.

While I listened to their story together with colleague and cameraman Sven Torfinn, I told myself to never forget those words of the Senegalese Pap Djah. Every time migration from Africa to Europe is discussed again by policymakers, angry tweeps, and opinion makers at the talk show tables far from Agadez. Those apologetic words from the Senegalese minutes before his death. “Il faut me pardonner”.