African politicians condemn the alleged migrant slave markets in Libya. France has called the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting over it, and in Greece, human right groups firmly warn about the upcoming winter and implications for migrants living in untenable conditions. This and more in today's roundup.
Slave trade in Libya: Africa is outraged: Media reports about alleged migrant slave markets in Libya have resulted in strong reactions across the continent: African politicians demand an investigation and the prosecution of those responsible.
France calls UN Security Council emergency meeting over Libya slave-trading:France has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss slave-trading in Libya. It follows reports of Africans being auctioned at markets to North African buyers.
Human rights group issue Greek migrant winter warning: A group of 20 human rights organizations led by Human Rights Watch (HRW) made an impassioned plea to the Greek government on Wednesday to begin immediate transfers of migrants stranded overcrowded migrant camps to the mainland to avoid "putting lives at risk" due to worsening weather conditions.
Sports campaign to bring solar-powered light to refugees: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have launched the 'Become the Light' campaign to bring light and solar energy to refugee camps.
Dangerous escape route to Romania: An increasing number of Syrian and Iraqi refugees are fleeing through Turkey, across the Black Sea, to Romania. The coast guard has already rescued a number of people stranded at sea. Romania fears the Black Sea may become a new refugee route.
France starts checking asylum requests in Africa: France has started an initiative to conduct initial checks directly in Africa on asylum requests made by migrants seeking to reach Europe. This is following discussion this past summer on the possible activation of hotspots to check migrants from the southern banks of the Mediterranean in African countries, France has taken the initiative on its own and is conducting checks directly in Niger.