Home | News    Wednesday 24 January 2018

Khartoum summons Libyan ambassador over Sudanese migrants torture

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Migrants crossing the Sahara desert into Libya ride on the back of a pickup truck outside Agadez, Niger, May 9, 2016. (REUTERS/Joe Penney)

January 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Foreign Ministry Tuesday has summoned the Libyan ambassador to Khartoum over detention and torture of Sudanese migrants in his country.

Since Saturday, video footages have been circulating on social media showing handcuffed Sudanese hostages being beaten and tortured by fire.

Also, the victims were forced to record distress calls to their families asking them to pay ransom to the abductees to save their lives.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Gharib Allah Khidir said the Libyan Ambassador to Khartoum Ali Miftah al-Mahroug was summoned over the detention and brutal treatment of some Sudanese citizens inside the Libyan territory.

According to Khidir, the director of the Consular Department at the Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Mahgoub Shauer has informed al-Mahroug of the inhuman and immoral treatment of the Sudanese citizens.

For his part, the Libyan Ambassador expressed his deep regret and apology on behalf of his country for this shameful matter, saying it doesn’t reflect the true values and morals of the Libyan people.

He pointed out that the incident was carried out by gangs of outlaws who operate in areas outside government control, vowing to convey the message to his government immediately.

Khidir added the Sudanese embassy in Tripoli has contacted a senior official at the Government of National Accord and the concerned bodies from the very first moment and continues to follow up with them on the matter.

He said the Libyan authorities have located the area where the Sudanese migrants are being kept, pointing that contacts are underway to free them unharmed.

It is noteworthy that the CNN last November released footage showing African men sold at a slave auction in Libya.

Also, migrants who reached Europe said they had been held by smugglers and forced to work for little or no money. Other said they had been tortured and in some cases raped by traffickers.

Following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year-rule in 2011, Libya has slid into chaos and has become the most important transit country for illegal migrants to Europe.

Also, Islamic State (ISIS) presence in Libya has become a source of threat not only to its neighbouring countries but also to Europe. >

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Chemical Weapons Use and International Hypocrisy 2018-04-26 21:31:39 Eric Reeves “The scale and brutality of these attacks are hard to put into words. The images and videos we have seen in the course of our research are truly shocking; in one a young child is (...)

A new approach to peace 2018-04-23 06:16:35 By Miroslav Laják When the United Nations was created, its founders envisioned a different kind of world. A world in which disputes were resolved in meeting rooms and not battlefields. A world (...)

Bring Sudanese troops home now 2018-04-21 15:25:57 By Salah Shuaib The Sudanese troops fighting hard now in Yemen, who were sent there by order of al-Bashir, should return home. The process of implementing this task is much challenging. But, we (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)

Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day 2018-04-05 08:52:03 4 April 2018 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and (...)

Appeal for forgiveness and pardon of John Agou Wuoi 2018-03-07 08:28:08 H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President and Commander-in-Chief, of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), 5th February, 2018. Through: Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.