Libya: Human Trafficking

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Lisa Cameron Lisa Cameron Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Libyan Government and (b) relevant UN agencies on recent reports of human trafficking in Libya.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is determined to eliminate the scourge of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. The UK regularly raises with the Libyan Government the need for wider respect for human rights and accountability across the country. During his visit to Libya in August the Foreign Secretary raised with Prime Minister Serraj the importance of offering humanitarian support to migrants and the need to respect human rights. I also raised our concerns about the human rights situation in Libya, including the issue of slavery, with the Libyan Deputy Prime Minister at the Mediterranean Dialogues in Rome on 1 December and welcomed the investigation into this issue. The UK works closely with the relevant UN agencies and has also further underlined our concerns about these reports in our recent discussions with the Libyan Government in Tripoli, and will continue to monitor the situation closely. The UK has condemned the reports in recent United Nations Security Council meetings and – as penholder in the Security Council on Libya – welcomes the 7 December Presidential Statement on the issue of slavery in Libya.​​

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