US worried about African migrants in Libya

2011-09-13 08:47

Washington - The United States is "deeply concerned" at the plight of black African migrants and refugees in Libya, citing reports of racism, wrongful arrest and violence, a State Department official said on Monday.

"Nobody should be detained or harassed due to the colour of their skin or their nationality, and measures must be taken to protect individuals from acts of violence," said spokesperson Victoria Nuland.

She cited "reports of arbitrary detention and abuse of sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees".

Nuland said the US was continuing to work with other nations to ensure safe passage out of Libya for foreign nationals, including sub-Saharan African migrants, who wish to leave for their own safety.

Amnesty International said on August 31 that people suspected of having fought for former strongman Muammar Gaddafi, in particular black Libyans and sub-Saharan Africans, were at high risk of abuse by anti-Gaddafi forces.

Libya's fledgling new rulers, the National Transitional Council (NTC), have urged their supporters "to treat captives with dignity and to avoid revenge attacks".

  • BernieK - 2011-09-13 08:58

    Aaggh! The US must stop worrying about the Africans in Libya! The Africans brought this onto themselves! They took guns and sniped the innocent Libyans from rooftops, so stop being so concerned about the African in Libya. They deserve to be punished. That is the only language they understand, the whip and the bullet.

      daaivark - 2011-09-13 09:50

      "The Africans" comprise a huge variety of peoples, the bulk of whom would never dream of things you accuse them of. Bernie, people like you do NOT contribute to peace on our continent.

      Point Blank - 2011-09-13 10:23

      Gee look at the almighty BernieK. Sitting in front of his computer pretending to be someone important.. hope you get run over by a taxi, you deserve it.

      Abdullahi - 2011-09-13 10:52

      @BernieK, you miss road Bernie. It has been well recorded that the so-called Libyan "revolutionaries" have been victimizing all people who happen to have been born black, Libyan or otherwise, since the beginning of this debacle.

      slg - 2011-09-13 13:21

      They're African workers, not mercenaries.

      WeCanAfriCan - 2011-09-14 12:12

      Clearly another case of US speaking out of both sides of its collective mouth. How about accepting responsibility for this naked racist attacks which is carried out by its proxies, instead of grandstanding on morality?

      slg - 2011-09-14 17:00

      Wecan, that's absurd. What does the US have to do with a group of Libyans being cruel? In any event the US is speaking out.

      WeCanAfriCan - 2011-09-15 18:09

      Slg what is absurd is your lack of knowledge about the history of Libya and the participant in the war. Thanks for backing "Al queda".

      Oldbuck - 2011-09-18 18:47

      south africa is the only country with white racists who malema calls criminals,so what is actually happening in libiya must be a figment of the yankey imagination,just leave them alone and pretty soon there will be no blacks in libya,the libiyans will explain to them in a language they understand that its time to go there are no more freebies there

  • AJ2 - 2011-09-13 09:13

    Glad to see someone showing an interest in these people, God knows the AU wont do a thing about it. For the US govt to show only as much interest in these migrant workers as their own governments do is the equivalent of a human rights violation. Hence they show more..

      Point Blank - 2011-09-13 10:24

      The AU are still sitting around discussing how they can keep their buddy in power, even thought the entire country have overthrown him. And then they still wag their podgy fingers at the west and blame them...

      GrimReaper1 - 2011-09-13 10:41

      the US must worry about their own bankrupt asses

      AJ2 - 2011-09-13 11:08

      @GrimReaper1 yes they do have problems of their own closer to home that need urgent attention, yet still dont absolve themselves of responsibilities elsewhere (often due to the absence of others better positioned to help that just dont care).

      slg - 2011-09-13 13:22

      Grimreaper, what does the one have to do with the other?

      WeCanAfriCan - 2011-09-14 12:16

      AJ2 -the problems the US have with bankruptcy are partially caused by their wars of imperial conquest (otherwise known as "humanitarian interventions"). Let's not be fooled by this 'new' humanitarian stance by the US. They helped to cause the problem!

      WeCanAfriCan - 2011-09-14 14:33

      AJ2 -the problems the US have with bankruptcy are partially caused by their wars of imperial conquest (otherwise known as "humanitarian interventions"). Let's not be fooled by this 'new' humanitarian stance by the US. They helped to cause the problem!

      slg - 2011-09-14 17:02

      Wecan, you can't and will never be able to for as long as you hold onto those imprisoning, false victim beliefs. You'll always be a victim, right down there at the bottom of the heap.

  • Anton - 2011-09-13 09:21

    The NTC will do good, by making it clear, that anybody found guilty of atrocities again any civilians, will be dealt with severely!!!

      Abdullahi - 2011-09-13 10:57

      The NTC has been as guilty, if not more so, than pro-Gaddafi forces in committing atrocities against civilians, especially black ones, right from the beginning. Just because you don't see it on CNN doesn't mean it didn't happen. However, it was determined, by the powers that be, that there could be only one "Bad Guy" in the Libyan civil war and they had already allocated that role to Gaddafi. This, in spite of the fact that the UN was about to honour Gaddafi with a special award in March for the great humanitarian work he has done in uplifting the quality of life of the Libyan population.

      slg - 2011-09-13 13:24

      Abdulah, you're not an authority on this. You're in Mitchell's Plain, not Tripoli.

      Illuminated - 2011-09-14 14:34

      great counter there slg, you really proved him wrong.. prick

      slg - 2011-09-14 17:03

      Illuminated, his only comment is based on assumptions. It's all made up.

      slg - 2011-09-14 17:03

      Should be "his whole comment".

      Oldbuck - 2011-09-18 18:49

      dream on sunshine the au are a bunch of wankers

      Liberty - 2011-09-18 19:21

      @oldbuck im surprised that your comment hasn't been deleted, but my sentiments exactly

  • HogHo - 2011-09-13 09:25

    Of course Obummer is worried about black African migrants in Libya, who obviously went there under their own volition, but couldn't give a hoot about the white farmers in RSA that are being slaughtered. 2 faced SOB's.

      daaivark - 2011-09-13 09:52

      Oh get perspective, you clown. There is simply no connection between Libya and the "plight" of farmers in SA. You are nowhere near as important as you think you are.

      Point Blank - 2011-09-13 10:25

      @HogHo, go plough your mielies. The world is much larger then your plantations..

  • Gibbonater - 2011-09-13 10:14

    Where is the AU on this matter. Why is it the US bringing this up. Why is the AU not speaking out againts these alleged abuses by Arabs on their brothers. I wonder if the once gain the US will be condemned for showing concern. Come on sub sahara africa and speak up againts htese alleged abuses on your brothers. Condemn these acts in the strongest terms and threaten action againts those he perpotrate these acts on your brothers.

      Point Blank - 2011-09-13 10:25

      The AU are still sitting around discussing how they can keep their buddy in power, even thought the entire country have overthrown him. And then they still wag their podgy fingers at the west and blame them...

      Libertador - 2011-09-13 16:27

      You two are hopelessly useless. AU urges Libya to halt racist attacks

      tryanything - 2011-09-13 17:34

      I think tha the US is clutching at straws.....The yanks must get their economy going again .....f knows how though.. just wish I could buy decent tools again..

  • Ross - 2011-09-13 10:27

    The Americans and Italians must keep their noses out of this. This is an AU problem.

      Point Blank - 2011-09-13 10:32

      And what, pray tell, has the AU done up to now?

      slg - 2011-09-13 13:25

      Where would Libyans be now but for the international community's intervention?

      2WhiteStars - 2011-09-13 13:38

      No, the AU *is* the problem.

      AJ2 - 2011-09-14 01:51

      @Ross: most of the population that is actually affected are only TOO happy to have them involved. Imagine facing the gravest moment in your life thus far only to be told, "Don't worry, we've brought the AU in to handle your case!"

  • sarecen - 2011-09-13 10:57

    The blessed AU isnt going to do a thing about any of this

  • Abdullahi - 2011-09-13 12:34

    In the words of Louis Farrakhan, whenever the US says it is worried about African people, that's when African people should start to worry! Already, their last "worry" about civilian deaths in Libya has turned out to be another big lie. Regime change was the target right from the start!

      daaivark - 2011-09-13 12:42

      Seriously, does anyone pay any attention to Farrakhan?

      slg - 2011-09-13 13:27

      Louis Farrakhan? Geez, talk about being on the wrong side of things. The guy's probably the most absurd, illogical, reactionary public figure around, next to I'madinnerjacket from Iran. You're using him as your measuring stick? I wouldn't be surprised if nobody takes anything you think or say seriously.

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-09-13 13:36

    Racism? I'm confused. I thought it was just us White South Africans who were racists on this continent.

  • jicksaw1 - 2011-09-13 15:26

    AU = Ass-hols Union, so what do you expect something like that to do anything about blacks being slaughtered in Libya?

  • jicksaw1 - 2011-09-13 15:28

    A.U. = Ass Union

  • Libertador - 2011-09-13 16:35

    Libya is a multi-ethnic African country of Arabs, Berbers and Africans. Blacks are not foreigners in Libya. Libya is in Africa, it is not lower Europe over the sea.

      slg - 2011-09-14 07:41

      But you refer to it as part of the Maghreb, the Islamic conquest of North Africa from the Arabian Peninsula.

  • js - 2011-09-18 18:43

    US was the cause of this war. Why are they now worrying about Africans when they created this terrible situations on Africans?? Africa and Africans, stop believing the terrible lies from the exploiters??

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