8122nd Security Council Meeting: Maintenance of International Peace and Security

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SIX OFFICIAL 07-Dec-2017 00:11:53
Security Council presidential statement condemns slave trade of migrants in Libya, calls upon state authorities to comply with international human rights law at 8122nd meeting.
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Expressing grave concern about reports of migrants being sold into slavery in Libya, the Security Council today condemned such actions as heinous abuses of human rights and possible crimes against humanity, and called for those responsible to be held to account.

In presidential statement S/PRST/2017/24, read out by Koro Bessho (Japan), Council President for December, the 15 member organ emphasized that all migrants should be treated with humanity and dignity and that their rights should be fully respected.

It urged the Libyan authorities and all Member States to comply with their obligations under international law, including international human rights law and international refugee law, and stressed the need to transfer detainees to State authority. The Council also encouraged those authorities to reinforce cooperation with international organizations and United Nations agencies and to ensure full humanitarian access to detention centres.

The Council welcomed the statement by the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya denouncing trafficking in persons, including for the purpose of slavery, inside or outside the country, noting that Libyan authorities had launched an investigation and were committed to bringing perpetrators to justice.

The Council also welcomed statements by the African Union calling for an immediate end to such practices and by the United Nations Secretary General requesting United Nations actors to actively pursue the matter. Reaffirming support for the Action Plan for Libya, the Council emphasized that a stable Libya was the only way to help improve the living conditions of all people in the country, including migrants.

Underlining the need for all actors to cooperate with the Government of National Accord of Libya, including assisting the country to build capacity to secure its borders and end human trafficking, the Council urged ratification and implementation of international instruments that countered such trafficking by all Member States.

The Council encouraged cooperation between the European Union, the African Union and the United Nations to protect the lives of migrants and refugees along migration routes, inside Libya in particular.

In addition, it underlined the need for coordination of efforts to tackle the root causes of large movements of people — including forced displacement, unmanaged migration and trafficking — in a comprehensive manner to prevent exploitation of refugees and migrants as well as for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Petr Iliichev (Russian Federation) stated that, although he had supported the statement due to his country’s concern over the reports of slavery, he regretted that his proposal to also condemn the circumstances that led to the chaos in Libya — the military intervention of 2011 — had not been considered. That intervention had led to such crimes being committed and had created the need for United Nations efforts to help restore stability to the country.

The meeting began at 9:40 a.m. and ended at 9:50 a.m.
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