Trading Humans in Libya and Middle East​

Libya is the main transit point for refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe. In each of the last three years, 150,000 people have made the dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean sea from Libya. The situation in Middle East doesn’t seem to be any better. As we enter the eighth year of this ruinous war in Syria, it is unacceptable to see calls from humanitarian organizations to put an end to the violence, suffering, and devastation of Syrian people go unheeded. Investigative Journalists, NGOs, survivors and other organizations/institutions will have the floor over the morning of the meeting.

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09.30 – 09.45: Registration of participants and arrival of speakers

10.00 – 10.15: Opening remarks and moderation by MEP Stelios Kouloglou

10.15 – 11.00: Human Trafficking – state of play in Libya and Middle East

– Footage from Nima Elbagir’s report on human slave auction in Libya

– Mrs Meron Estefanos, Eritrean journalist and human rights activist

– Footage from Ross Kemp, Investigative Journalist, Extreme World Series

– Mr Christophe Biteau, Head of Mission with Medecin Sans Frontieres in Libya

– Footage from Documentary: Foreign Hugs – Doc'n Roll

Short student concert

11.00 – 11.45: Survivor Testimonies from Libya and the Middle East

(individuals not disclosed for discretion reasons)

11.45 – 12.15: Institutions and Open Discussion

– Mrs Myria VASSILIADOU, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator. DG HOME, European Commission

– Mr Patrice Quesada, Senior Regional Emergency and Post-Crisis Specialist, IOM

12.15 – 12.30:  Short student concert