University of Portsmouth to take action against slave trade in Libya
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"The world's most vulnerable, fleeing war and poverty back home, are being abused and auctioned off as slaves - a shocking danger facing migrants and refugees in Libya. It has been reported that hundreds of people are being auctioned in modern day slave markets in Libya for as little as $400."
We, the students, staff of the University of Portsmouth and members of the community, petition you, the leaders of this University to take a firm and public stance on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Libya, audit the University's research and commercial operations to ensure that they are not directly or indirectly worsening the crisis, and apply pressure to the Government to act on human and arms trafficking.
We believe these actions are totally unacceptable. We stand against modern-day slavery, wars that create the conditions for it, and those who profit from both. We demand that the University take action.
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