ICBU launches “Solidarity Week” with UAE African Slavery Victims in Libya

Nov 26 2017
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International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) announced a week of action in solidarity with African migrants trapped in Libya, sold as “slaves” by terrorist groups funded by United Arab Emirates. The Campaign has obtained the support of key trade unions in Africa. The week will commence on Monday 27th November to 04 December 2017. A social media campaign will use hashtags: #LibyanSlaveTrade #LibyanBlackSlaveTrade #BoycottUAE

Local branches, senior activists and members of Congress of South African Trade Unions, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) and Food and Allied Workers Union announced their support to the campaign.

The campaign will be teaching the international public opinion on the “slavery” practices committed by armed groups in Libya. It will be using social media to draw audiences learn its message about the plight of African migrants in Libya.

“It is outrageous to see slavery is back in 2017. The era of slavery had long ended by autocratic regimes and their elements seem to ignore this. Sadly, Libya has become a market for “slaves”. Libyan militants should be held to account in addition to those who fund them like UAE officials and other groups. We are coordinating with African organisations and trade unions to support our campaign” said Henry Green, campaign spokesman

The International Campaign to Boycott UAE received a number of documents and pictures that reveal the involvement of UAE funded groups in the human trafficking activities in Libya. The valuable information shows with names how armed groups usually funded by UAE carried out the slavery activities across Libya.

Names shown in the documents include Ahmad Abu Ziton and Mo’amar Al Trabolsi, senior leaders in UAE backed forces of General Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi. Those two names have arrested hundreds of African migrants in Libya who were trying to cross to Europe. Following their arrest, the vulnerable African migrants were sold as slaves to work in factories and farms in Libya.

Ahmad Abu Ziton and Mo’amar Al Trabolsi armed groups received more than $ 7 million and travelled frequently to Abu Dhabi where they met with senior members of the Mohamad Dahlan faction.