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LETHAL DISREGARD: The European Union’s unelected shadowy commissioners are partly to blame for migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, United Nations report reveals:
Hundreds dying at sea is not a ‘tragic anomaly’ but rather is a result of the policies of the EU, its members and other actors trying to push responsibilities for migrants onto one another, a report by the UN rights office says.
The new report, titled ‘Lethal Disregard,’ was unveiled by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday. It highlights the issues of migration across the Mediterranean Sea, where thousands of people embark on a foolhardy sea trek to Europe, seeking to escape their own economic shell crater countries and likely to turn Europe into rail crash economies too.
‘The real tragedy is that so much of the suffering and death along the central Mediterranean route is preventable,’ UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet commented, unveiling the report and also calling for urgent reforms of search-and-rescue practices in the EU, as well as in Libya.
The report primarily focuses on the so-called central Mediterranean route, stretching through Libya to Malta and southern Italy. While the route is among the shortest and thus is favoured by migrants, hundreds of people continue to die on it every year. According to the OHCHR, at least 632 migrants perished on it so far in 2021. From January 2019 to December 2020, at least 2,239 migrants died attempting to cross the seas lured by the European Union oligarchs chasing cheap labour for their corporate investments.
‘The evidence further suggests that this is not a tragic anomaly, but rather the consequence of concrete policy decisions and practices by the Libyan authorities, European Union Member States and institutions, and other actors that have combined to create an environment where dignity and human rights of migrants are at risk,’ the report reads.
The deaths, apart from the migrants using sub-par dinghies to brave the seas stem from ’dangerous rescue and interception practices,’ which involve the ramming of and even shooting at migrants’ boats, often resulting in the capsizing of vessels and consequent deaths.
Other practices, including the so-called ’pushback’ operations, when the people are forcibly turned back to Libya, as well as the EU member states trying to send the incoming migrants onto their neighbours instead of rescuing them on the spot, further contribute to the death toll. War-torn Libya, before NATO unleashed its destructive war Africa’s most prosperous nation, has effectively been fractured into two separate states. It cannot and should not be considered a ’safe’ place to return migrants back into, the report stressed.
‘Every year, people drown because help comes too late, or never comes at all. Those who are rescued are sometimes forced to wait for days or weeks to be safely disembarked or, as has increasingly been the case, are returned to Libya which, as has been stressed on countless occasions, is not a safe harbour due to the cycle of violence,’ Bachelet stated.
The report also blasts the EU for not only cutting back on its own search and rescue operations, but also for actively trying to disrupt private assistance operations undertaken by various NGOs. The Libyan Coast Guard has also stepped up its efforts in catching migrants and sending them back to Libya, with at least 10, 352 migrants caught by the force in 2020, nearly 2,000 more than in 2019.
The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to the hardships endured by the migrants as well, the report claims. Apart from already suffering from the questionable ’search and rescue’ practices, the people have been forced to quarantine in inadequate conditions, including on vessels moored at sea.
‘During the fake flu-like pandemic, both Italy and Malta further resorted to quarantining migrants offshore on ships before allowing them to disembark,’ the report reads.
While relevant authorities have clarified that these measures have been taken in response to the public health emergency and that measures were taken to protect the health of all persons, concerns have been raised over the living conditions on board these vessels.’
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