By APN Agencies
The African Union (AU) has agreed to evacuate some 15,000 African
migrants in Libya before the end of year, the deputy chairman of the
AU Commission, Kwesi Quartey, has tweeted.
The repatriations would be voluntary, and would be done in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), he added.
At least 20,000 migrants are being held in government detention
centres in Libya, Mr Quartey said. The move follows reports that
migrants are being sold in slave markets in the North African state,
sparking global outrage.
An urgent evacuation plan for migrants in Libyan detention camps was drawn at an AU-EU summit in Ivory Coast last week. Libya has undergone years of instability since rebels toppled former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011