EU, AU, UN agree on plan to curb human smuggling

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 6.12.2017 12:18

During the EU-Africa summit in Abidjan on 29 and 30 November, the EU, the UN and the African Union agreed to set up an emergency plan aimed at dismantling human smuggling networks and helping to return migrants. Specific steps to reduce migration, outside of the promise to immediately evacuate thousands of African migrants from inhuman conditions in Libya, have not been agreed on.

French representatives stated that the EU states will take part in a military operation to end human trafficking in Libya. As a result, the UN is speeding up the necessary steps to evacuate up to 15,000 migrants in December. During the talks, allegations that the agreement between Italy and Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) on the limitation of migration across the Mediterranean led to more people stuck in detentions where they faced brutal treatment, including beatings, torture and rape, were repeated. Their numbers have tripled as a result of clashes between armed groups and smugglers near Sabratha, Libya, in September. An EU monitoring mechanism was also set up this July to prevent human rights violations by the Libyan coast guard but was criticised as it is generally run by Libyans themselves.

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