President Akufo-Addo has condemned the maltreatment and human-selling of African migrants currently ongoing in Libya.
Pictures of slave markets and gross abuse of black Africans are awash on social media after CNN uncovered the fledging human trade in the North African country.
The horrible images show some migrants being sold for $400 while others are tortured to death by individuals in Libyan military wears.
Some Africans have condemned the apparent silence of the continent’s leaders over the development as the AU, ECOWAS and other known regional blocks are yet to comment on the issue.
Tweeting on the matter Tuesday, President Akufo-Addo said the incident is undermining the cohesion campaign being canvassed by the leaders on the continent.
“The current slave auctions of Africans in Libya are not only gross and scandalous abuses of human rights, but are also mockeries of the alleged solidarity of African nations grouped in the African Union (AU), of which Libya is a member”.
Meanwhile, France’s ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre has urged the Security Council to impose sanctions on the people involved in Libya’s slave trade of African refugees and migrants.
“France will propose to assist the sanctions committee … in identifying responsible individuals and entities for trafficking through Libyan territory,” he told the council on Tuesday.
“We count upon support of the members of the council to make headway to that end” .
A sanctions programme set up in 2011, the year of the US-supported invasion of Libya which saw the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, allows the Security Council to place sanctions on “individuals and entities involved in or complicit in ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses against persons in Libya”.
Slavery and human trafficking have been present in Libya for years.