The Libyan slave trade scandal revealed by CNN is to be discussed at the ongoing AU-EU Summit in Ivory coast.
The event is to be attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The United Nation estimates that there are between seven hundred thousand to a million migrants from other African countries in Libya. These migrants are hoping to cross to Europe en route Libya.
While the story of the slave trade in Libya gained prominence recently following CNN expose on it, it has, however, been going on for a long time, according to accounts by migrants that have successfully crossed to Europe.
The European Parliament President Antonio Tajani condemned “the reemergence of a form of slavery” in Libya. “This is unacceptable, and we must not close our eyes to the phenomenon,” he said. “This is why we need an honest, open discussion on the subject of migration.”
He also tweeted the urgency and need for the AU-EU Summit to put the African Continent at the top of political agenda.
Moussa Faki Mahamat who is the Chairman of the African Union Commission said tackling the slave markets in Libya was the “responsibility of the international community” in an interview with CNN.
Another perspective to the issue is the provision of funds by European Countries to Libya to establish detention centres and accept migrants that are repatriated from Europe. While a similar system works between Turkey and EU, it has failed in the case of Libya because of the fractious political situation on the ground where rebels hold territories that the EU-backed Government of National Unity do not have control over.