The Elders today strongly condemned “slave auctions” of African migrants in Libya and urged the international community to take all necessary steps to protect the rights and dignity of all people, especially vulnerable foreigners, in the conflict-wracked country.They shared the concern and dismay expressed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and called for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal acts of human trafficking.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “I am shocked and angered by the recent media reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libyan auctions. The Libyan authorities must take urgent steps to eradicate these abuses, and the international community must provide necessary political and logistical support to bring criminals to justice.”The Elders reiterated their call for increased legal pathways for migration so displaced people do not have to rely on smugglers and organised crime networks.Hina Jilani, Elder and human rights advocate, added: “The slave auctions in Libya are a horrifying symptom of the failure both to agree international response mechanisms to large flows of people, and to ensure that the human rights of all people on the move are protected. The European Union and its member states, which have struck deals seeking to prevent refugees and migrants from crossing the Mediterranean, must insist Libya ends these abuses, which constitute an attack on the common values of our shared humanity.”
APTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission is heading taking Canada to court hoping to force the federal government to hand over what they say is much needed documents.The TRC has collected thousands of statements from survivors of Indian Residential Schools, many who have shared their painful stories of abuse and being torn away from their families. Tens of thousands of children were removed from their homes and put in the schools.The TRC say part of their mandate is to review millions of government documents but to date only a portion of 150 years of documents have been handed over given.The feds say they see no issue with how things have been handled.
Annette FrancisAPTN NewsFinal oral submissions for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls wrapped up this week in Ottawa.Johannes Lampe, president of the Nunatsiavut Government in Labrador, told the inquiry that reducing the incidents of violence and deaths among Inuit in Labrador is critical.“We are of the view that measurable actions mush be taken in everything,” he said.“The poor social determinants of health, Inuit self-governance, and particularly participation in national, provincial, and territorial governance is the most effective means of ensuring policies, programs, services and practice approach are appropriate of indigenous communities and people.”Katherine Hensel of the Association of Native Child and Family Service Agencies of Ontario urged the commissioners to ensure any proposed federal legislation on child welfare not be limited to children living on reserve.“We know that many…Indigenous children who’ve been in contact with child welfare…are in urban centres or off-reserve, so we will also be urging the commission to make recommendations that the provinces correct and reverse and eliminate the perverse funding incentives that not only don’t fund prevention, but incentivize the removal of children,” she said.During the final two weeks of oral submissions — in Calgary and Ottawa — the commission heard from 53 of the parties with standing.The commissioners are now tasked with analyzing what they’ve heard throughout the inquiry and submitting a final report to the federal government by April 30, firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNAFrancis