Tue, 23 Jul 2019

BRUSSELS, Belgium - A watchdog said on Tuesday that the EU is actually breaking international law based on how they treat refugees. He also remarked that they should do more sea rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

The member states of the European Union is becoming resolute on preventing migrants and refugees from reaching their shores. The restrictive regulations and policies they adopt have little to no regard for the humanitarian aspects.

Despite the open letter published in February about thousands of people still at risk from slavery, sexual abuse, and other human rights violations by Libyan coast guards in their detention camps, there's no sign of active support.

Instead, the EU is turning a blind eye to the cold-hearted pact between Libya and Italy. As per this EU-backed deal between Italy and Libya initiated in 2017, Italy funds and supports Libyan coastguards in exchange for preventing people from making it to the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe.

The populist government of Italy led by Matteo Salvini prevented migrant rescue boats from setting down this year, allowing 10-53 migrants to get stranded. Further plans are made to ban such boats from Italian waters.

Dunja Mijatović, the human rights commissioner of the Council of Europe, commented that while these European states have the right to regulate their borders and safeguard security, they also have the obligation to secure the rights associated to humanitarian, maritime, and refugee laws.

(Photo credit: Mstyslav Chernov).

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