Fiona welcomes Government success in securing UN sanctions against people traffickers operating in Libya

Fiona has welcomed the Government’s success in securing UN sanctions against 6 major people traffickers operating in Libya.

With the full support of the Government of Libya, Ghermay Ermias, Abdelrazak Fitiwi, Oumar Ahmad, Abu Qarin Mus’ab, Kachlaf Mohammed, and Al-Rahman Abd al-Milad, will now be subject to asset freezes and international travel ban sanctions by all UN member states, effective immediately.

This is the first time the UN has used sanctions against people traffickers, and builds on the work initiated by the UK in December 2017, following reports of slave auctions in Libya.

Welcoming the news, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson MP said:

“I am pleased to announce that the UK – working closely with our partners – has secured United Nations Security Council agreement to impose sanctions against six major people traffickers operating in Libya. This is the first time the UN has used sanctions against people traffickers, and builds on the work initiated by the UK in December 2017 – following reports of slave auctions in Libya in December 2017 – to secure a strong Security Council condemnation of those involved in people trafficking.”

Fiona has strongly campaigned against human trafficking for a number of years, including hosting an event on modern-day slavery with International Justice Mission as recently as May.

Fiona said:

“Action of this kind is unprecedented and is very welcome in showing the sincerity of commitment of not only UK but also the whole UN Security Council in tackling the evil of people trafficking and modern-day slavery. I hope to see more international cooperation, including through United Nations, to tackle human trafficking globally.”