“Slavery is a crime against humanity and we cannot sit idly by while people around the world are exploited,” Rep. Bass said. “In November, CNN broke a story about modern-day slavery in Libya. I am proud to lead this body today in responding to this human rights abuse. Today, we respond not just on behalf of ourselves, but on behalf of all Americans. Slavery of any kind has no place in our modern world.”
The resolution condemns slave auctions and the exploitation of migrants and refugees as forced laborers in Libya and also calls upon all parties to the conflict, including parties to the Libyan Political Agreement, to:
The resolution also calls on the United Nations to:
The resolution was introduced in early December by Rep. Bass and a bipartisan coalition of more than 51 Members of Congress. Following the introduction of the resolution, Rep. Bass, Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX) and the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) sent a letter to Libyan Ambassador Wafa Bughaighis demanding an immediate investigation into the existence of slave auctions and forced labor. Later that month, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), led by the CBC Task Force on Foreign Affairs and National Security, met with Ambassador Bughaighis to follow up on their letter and to discuss progress made since the release of the CNN report.
You can read the full text of the resolution here.
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