AUC Chairpersons hails Spain for harbouring over 600 stranded migrants

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday commended the Government of Spain for giving safe harbour to over 600 migrants, including women and children, who were stranded in the Mediterranean Sea since Sunday.

"Migrants in distress, irrespective of their origin and legal status, deserve the necessary protection under international law," Mr. Mahamat said. “European Union Member States must demonstrate their commitment to our shared commitments to address the immediate safety and human rights of all migrants within and across borders, while tackling the underlying causes driving illegal migration."

A press statement issued by the AUC said the African Union-led Joint Task Force with the European Union and the United Nations to address the plight of African migrants in Libya will continue to work with the Libyan authorities to close all illegal migrant detention centres and step up efforts to dismantle the illegal trafficking and smuggling networks in the region.

In this regard, the AUC has commended the United Nations Security Council for the imposition of sanctions on six individuals accused of leading smuggling and trafficking networks of migrants in Libya.

On Thursday last week the UN Security Council added six individuals accused of leading smuggling and trafficking networks in Libya, to its Sanctions List.

The six persons are: Mus’ab Abu-Quarin, described by the sanctions committee on Libya as “a central actor in human trafficking and migrant smuggling activities”, whose network covers “Libya, European destinations, (and) sub-Saharan countries for the recruitment of migrants and Arab countries for the financial sector.”

Mohammed Kachlaf, described as being head of a militia in the north-western coastal city of Zawiya, that controls an oil refinery there which is a “central hub of migrant smuggling operations”.

Abd Al Rahman Al-Milad, described as head of the regional coastguard unit in Zawiya “that is consistently linked with violence against migrants and other human smugglers”.

Ermias Ghermay, described as “one of the most important sub-Saharan actors in trafficking”, who is “leader of a transnational network responsible for trafficking and smuggling tens of thousands of migrants”.

Fitiwi Abdelrazak, who also leads a network responsible for trafficking and smuggling tens of thousands, according to the committee, identified sources in criminal investigations as “one of the top-level actors responsible for the exploitation and abuse of a large number of migrants in Libya”. He is also said to have accumulated “immense wealth” through people trafficking.

Ahmad Oumar Al-Dabbashi, described as commander of the Anas al-Dabbashi militia, currently active around Zawiya, who is a “significant leader in illicit activities related to the trafficking of migrants. The al-Dabbashi clan and militia also cultivate relationships with terrorist and violent extremist groups”.
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12 Junho 2018 18:55:00

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