Human Rights Watch: EU Must Act to Save Lives

“EU: Act to Save Lives at Sea,” from Human Rights Watch:

European Union member states’ justice and home affairs ministers meeting in Luxembourg should take forward a comprehensive and collective EU response to search and rescue needs in the central Mediterranean to urgently save lives.

“As the EU builds its walls higher and higher, migrants and refugees are increasingly taking to the Mediterranean waters in a desperate bid to reach safety and sanctuary in Europe,” said Nicolas J. Beger, European Institutions Office director at Amnesty International. “Tragically they are increasingly paying the highest cost, losing their lives at sea.”

One year on from the 2013 October shipwrecks in the central Mediterranean Sea, when over 500 people died, the EU’s collective response to saving lives in these waters has been little more than shameful, the organizations said. Italy is the only EU country to have responded, with Operation Mare Nostrum, deploying a significant part of its navy for search-and-rescue operations…

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