The African Union, the European Union and the United Nations have agreed to establish a joint task force to tackle the scourge of modern slavery which has been revealed by video images of African migrants being auctioned as slaves in Libya. By PETER FABRICIUS.
Slavery has emerged as the dominant topic at the African Union-European Union summit which started in Abidjan on Wednesday. At the opening ceremony every single leader condemned the practice. It has become an emblem of the wider issue of African migration to Europe which was already one of the main themes of the summit and of Africa-Europe relations in general.
The AU announced that United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the EU's High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, had met on the margins of the summit and agreed to form a joint EU-AU-UN Task Force to save and protect lives of migrants and refugees along the migratory routes and in particular inside Libya.
It would address ways of accelerating the assisted voluntary return of migrants to their home countries and the resettlement of those in need of international protection.