Amnesty raps EU for failing to rescue migrants

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According to a report released by the international rights group on Tuesday, although a year has passed since the Lampedusa shipwreck claimed over 500 lives, the number of deaths at sea continues to rise.

SHAFAQNA – Amnesty International (AI) has criticized the European Union for failing to provide sufficient resources in order to rescue migrants and refugees trying to reach its shores.

The rights group referred to the “shameful inaction of European Union countries” as contributing to the spiraling death toll of thousands of refugees and migrants while attempting to reach European shores.

“More than 2,500 people have drowned or gone missing in the Mediterranean on their way from North Africa since the start of the year. Europe cannot ignore the tragedy unfolding on its doorstep. More search and rescue vessels in the central Mediterranean, with the clear mandate of saving lives in the high seas and resources adequate to the task – that’s what the EU and its members must urgently provide,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia program director.

The report also calls on the EU to provide safe routes for immigrants fleeing conflicts and persecution in the Middle East and Africa.

On October 3, 2013, a ship transporting migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. The boat had reportedly sailed from Misrata, Libya, but most of the migrants had originally set out from Eritrea, Somalia and Ghana.

 

 

Source: Press TV

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