In Summary
  • The council said it "condemns such actions as heinous abuses of human rights which may also amount to crimes against humanity," according to the statement, which was drafted by Great Britain.

  • It added it was essential "to transfer detainees to State authorities and encourages the Libyan authorities to reinforce their cooperation with international organisation and UN agencies and to ensure humanitarian access to detention centres."

UNITED NATIONS,

The UN Security Council on Thursday said reports that migrants detained in Libyan camps were being sold into slavery could amount to "crimes against humanity" in a joint statement of condemnation.

It follows global shock over the atrocities suffered in Libya by African migrants, many of whom are trying to reach Europe, brought home by a CNN report showing people being sold as slaves.

MILITIAS

The council said it "condemns such actions as heinous abuses of human rights which may also amount to crimes against humanity," according to the statement, which was drafted by Great Britain.

It added it was essential "to transfer detainees to State authorities and encourages the Libyan authorities to reinforce their cooperation with international organisation and UN agencies and to ensure humanitarian access to detention centres."

Since the 2011 collapse of the Moamer Kadhafi regime, Libya has been riven by fighting between militias which hold captives. Libyan authorities exercise little control over them.

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