Protesters, some from Sub-Saharan African nations, shout slogans during a demonstraion against "Slavery in Libya" on November 23, 2017, outside the Libyan embassy in the Moroccan capital Rabat. / AFP / FADEL SENNA
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Libya slave auctions: 'Everybody knew'World leaders may have been quick to voice outrage over video footage of Libyan slave auctions, but activists raised the alarm months ago – and their warnings fell on deaf ears. This month it faced heavy criticism from the U.N. over its training of the Libyan coast guard, which the world body's rights chief said resulted in migrants being sent back to "horrific" prisons.The U.N. charges that the policy leaves migrants returned to Libya at risk of torture, rape, forced labor and extortion.Brussels has hit back that its coastguard training has helped save lives – nearly 3,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year – while EU aid has helped U.N. agencies to send 10,000 migrants home from Libya voluntarily.Amnesty's Tine said that in its efforts to stop migrants arriving "at all cost," Europe bore "a fundamental responsibility" for the horrors in Libya.Tiny Rwanda has offered, since the scandal broke, to take in 30,000 Africans from Libya.
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