Minority to quiz Foreign Minister over Libyan slave situation

Minority to quiz Foreign Minister over Libyan slave situation
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | AKABP
Date: 28-11-2017 Time: 03:11:50:pm
Libyan slave situation

Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is expected to appear before Parliament to answer questions about the Libyan slave situation.

In an urgent question filed by North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa Tuesday, the Minority is demanding answers on whether some Ghanaians have been caught up in the situation.

Hundreds of African migrants are reportedly being sold in open slave markets in Libya.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey 

Footage released by CNN from Libya, showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned as farm workers.

Slave raiders reportedly prey on vulnerable people who use Libya’s coast to cross the Mediterranean into Europe, a route that has been described by experts as the deadliest route on earth.

The North African country has for years been the gateway for Africans who are trying to get to Europe by sea, with more than 150,000 estimated to have crossed it within the last three years.

The issue has triggered international condemnation, but Libyan officials have denied the claim.

The Minority wants the Foreign Affairs Minister to clarify if some Ghanaians have been involved in the matter.

Meanwhile, Joy News will be organising a forum on migration come Thursday in collaboration with DW TV.

DW TV’s Thomas Mosch said the programme will draw participants from government institutions, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and migration institutions to find a way to stop the risky journey.

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