The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) exploded the responsibility of the European Union (EU) and the suffering that occurred when migrants tried to reach the old continent via the world’s worst migration route.
In the 37 page report “Dangerous Contempt: Search and rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean“The High Commission notes that policies and procedures have been implemented.”Failing to prioritize the lives, safety and human rights of those attempting to cross into Europe from Africa“Pointing to obstacles to rescue operations at sea,”Deliberate pushback actions by EU member states“.
In support of this, the report, which covers the period from January 2019 to December 2020, indicates that EU member states have reduced their search and rescue operations, while humanitarian organizations have been prevented from rescuing migrants at sea. Ships are increasingly avoiding coming to the aid of migrants in distress due to the fighting surrounding the unloading of survivors.
This report indicates that instead of isolated deficiencies, the accumulated evidence suggests that this is not the caseSad disorder ”but works well. UN experts actually say “as a result of political decisions and concrete practices (…)“.
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According to the same source, current policies and practices in the Mediterranean allow violations and abuses rather than an end to immigration.
In response to these findings, the UN Human rights officer Michael Bachelet called for urgent reform of their search and rescue policies.
“The real tragedy is that so much suffering and death can be prevented on the Mediterranean route“It simply came to our notice then.
“Every year, people drown because help comes too late, or never comes. […] Rescuers are sometimes forced to wait a few days or weeks to land safely, or increasingly deported to Libya, which, as indicated in numerous cases, is not a safe port“, He noted.
Over the years, many voluntary organizations have condemned not only the inaction of European authorities, but also the obstacles placed in their own rescue efforts. In April, angry reactions against Brussels escalated following the sinking of a migrant boat off the coast of Libya that killed about 130 people.