Latest modern slavery fight updates - FreedomUnited.org

Anti-Slavery Protesters Descend on Libyan Embassy

  • Published on
    December 10, 2017
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
    Anti-Slavery Activists, Debt Bondage, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking
Hero Banner

Hundreds of protesters rallied outside of the Libyan embassy in London this weekend, demanding an end to the slave trade that many call a “crime against humanity.”

Protesters carried signs saying “break the chains” and “slavery must go” as they marched from the embassy to Parliament Square.

The Evening Standard reports that the march came about after footage of African migrants being sold off for forced labor was broadcast by CNN:

The campaign was launched after disturbing footage emerged appearing to show people being sold in a modern-day slave market in Libya.

In the video, first made public by CNN, young men believed to be migrants trying to reach Europe are seen being sold off as farm workers.

The footage is believed to show youths from Niger attempting to travel through Libya – which is considered the gateway for those trying to reach Europe.

The organizers of the march, African Lives Matter, said that the slave markets in Libya “dehumanize all of us because humanity is one.” Specifically, they called on detention centers where migrants are held to be closed and for African leaders to step up and “rescue” those being held as slaves.

“This is about humanity, human rights, human dignity therefore we invite everyone who feels this is wrong and must be stopped to join us. Protests definitely work, it gets the word out and sends a strong warning to the criminals. All Africans, all humans are welcome,” added protester organizers.

Subscribe

Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

This week

Rounded up and abandoned: Europe’s covert support of migrant atrocities

It is well documented that inhumane immigration policies are forcing migrants to take extremely risky routes on their journey to seek asylum in Europe and globally. However, a year-long investigation by the Washington Post, Lighthouse Reports, and a consortium of international media outlets uncovered that migrant lives are not just at risk due to sketchy channel crossings and being packed in the back of refrigerator trucks. To dissuade sub-Saharan

| Wednesday May 22, 2024

Read more