Category Libya

Libyan slavery: Don’t be fooled by the ‘shock’, we’ve known about this for a while now [Middle East Eye]

Opinion piece in Middle East Eye on CNN report of the Libya slave trade and action by world leaders: Last month, an undercover investigation by CNN revealed that black African migrants were being sold into slavery in Libya. Since the report broke, news on it has gone viral and world leaders have expressed outrage. But […]

Blackwater founder Erik Prince wants to privatise Europe’s migrant crisis [The Canary]

Opinion piece on Eric Prince’s column in The Financial Times arguing for the privatisation of the migrant crisis. First published in The Canary on 6 January 2017: On Monday 2 January, an editorial [paywall] that read a little like a full-page advert in The Financial Times gave voice to Erik Prince, founder of the private […]

Libya and Human Insecurity

Five years of turmoil has plagued Libya, post-Gadaffi. The fall of the dictator unleashed the wrath of rival militias vying for power, tearing the country apart. The priority for the average Libyan, however, remains taking care of basic needs – general health, food, shelter and energy. But meeting these priorities is becoming increasingly challenging, as movement […]

The inverse Libyan migrant issue

Libya is regularly making headlines these days for its influx of migrants coming towards Europe. The desperate rallying on policy and now tactical responses to this problem is because immigration is a political hot potato that’s looking at all options rather than embracing humanitarian principles of asylum and human rights obligations of non-refoulement. This emphasis […]