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Human Rights Watch: Libya ‘incapable’ of holding elections

Libya is not ready to hold free and fair elections, campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned. The country’s rival authorities are planning to hold parliamentary and presidential elections later this year, but no date has been set. The United Nations and the European Union support the upcoming vote. But HRW worries “voters, candidates, and political parties” are at ...

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Minority wants expected Ghanaian returnees from Libya screened

MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

The Minority in Parliament is calling for thorough national security checks on the over 200 Ghanaians who would be brought back from Libya by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), following reports of slave auctions. Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, earlier told Parliament that a five man team from Ghana had visited six detention centres in Libya, a move ...

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Over 53,000 Ghanaian illegal migrants still in Libya – Report

A report from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has revealed that about 53, 200 illegal Ghanaian migrants are still in Libya. This revelation comes months after some 127 Ghanaian detainees were rescued from Libya, following reports that Africans there had been subjected to inhumane treatment after giving away their life’s earnings, to make the torturous journeys through the Sahara, ...

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Educate youth on dangers of illegal migration – Banda MP

The Deputy Minority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament for Banda in the Brong Ahafo Region, Ahmed Ibrahim has recommended that the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the National Youth Authority (NYA) design subjects which will educate school children and the youth on the adverse effects and dangers of illegal migration. According to him this will deter the youth from ...

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EU gov’ts complicit in migrant torture in Libya – Amnesty International

European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of refugees and migrants in Libya, Amnesty International has alleged. In an effort to stem migration, the EU is actively supporting a “system of abuse and exploitation” on Libyan shores, the group said in a report. EU funds are going to authorities working with militias and people smugglers, the report ...

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AU let Gaddafi down – Franklin Cudjoe

President of policy think tank, IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has accused the African Union (AU), of turning its back against former Libyan leader, the late Muammar Gaddafi when he needed the support of the union the most. The North African country has been plunged into chaos nearly years after its leader; Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an operation carried out ...

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You can succeed in Ghana even if devil is president – Hamid tells youth

Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid has said the youth in Ghana can succeed “even if the devil is President of Ghana.” According to him, the youth primarily need to persevere and be determined to succeed instead of seeking greener pastures in other countries like Libya or in Europe. He suggested that bad leadership and a corresponding poor economic condition was ...

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UN must investigate ‘slave trade’ reports in Libya – Lawyer

Private legal practitioner, Rainer Akumperigya, wants the United Nations (UN) to constitute a commission to investigate reports of slave auctions in Libya. About two weeks ago, footages from CNN of youth from Sub-saharan Africa being sold at slave markets in Libya went viral, attracting International criticism. The heartbreaking images also showed some migrants being tortured to death by individuals in ...

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Group petitions AU to investigate ‘slave trade’ in Libya

A civil society group known as “The Future Group”, has petitioned the African Union (AU), to investigate reports of a supposed modern day slave trade in Libya. Some 127 Ghanaians were last week rescued from Libya after reports that these Ghanaians and some other black Africans were reported to have been subjected to inhumane treatment after giving away their life’s ...

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Slave trade in Libya must end – Nana Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphasized the need for the current slave trade ongoing in Libya to end. Video footage by CNN captured youth from sub-Saharan countries being sold for $400(£300) in discreet locations in the North African country. Leaders from Africa and Europe have since advocated for the resolution of such ‘barbaric’ acts. Speaking at a meeting with ...

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