When boats with refugees are at risk of capsizing in the Mediterranean Sea, the speed of rescue operations is essential. Any delay in the emergency response can lead to serious bodily harm or the loss of life.
Migrant arrivals to Malta on decline since signing MoU with Libya – report
The number of people who have landed in Malta irregularly by boat has declined considerably after Malta and Libya signed a memorandum of understanding on irregular migration, Malta Today reported.
Human Rights Watch: Weak UN resolution on Libya exposes EU bias
Human Rights Watch has criticized the U.N. Human Rights Council for not insisting on accountability for abuses committed against migrants by EU-backed Libyan Coast Guards.
UN mission accuses EU of aiding crimes against humanity in Libya
United Nations investigators say there is evidence that crimes against humanity have been committed against Libyans and migrants stuck in Libya, including women being forced into sexual slavery.
Rescue NGO accuses Libya coastguard of endangering crew
SOS Mediterranee, a European humanitarian group that rescues asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean, has accused the Libyan coastguard of threatening their rescue ship and endangering their crew during a rescue operation.
400 migrants intercepted and returned to Libya between 5-11 Feb, says IOM
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Monday that 400 migrants were intercepted and returned to Libya in the past week.
Already Complicit in Libya Migrant Abuse, EU Doubles Down on Support
This week, the European Union handed over in Italy a search and rescue vessel to Libyan authorities intended for abusive Libyan Coast Guard forces and promised four more, without any apparent attempt to vet the human rights practices of the coast guard, thus making the EU more complicit in human …
Italy will give Libya five boats to control the migrants
The minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the government of national unity, Najla el Mangoush, is in Venice, Italy ahead of the delivery of a newly manufactured class 300 patrol boat scheduled for Monday, Italian New Agency Nova reported.
Italy re-ups funding to force migrants back to Libya – HRW report
In its obsession to keep migrants and asylum seekers away from its shores, Italy is paying for tens of thousands of people to be intercepted and returned to Libya, where they face abuses that the UN describes as possible crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Wednesday.
331 migrants intercepted and returned to Libya, says IOM
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday that 331 migrants were rescued and returned to Libya in the past week.