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Rubber boat with about 80 people in distress off Libya – EU authorities refuse assistance – Survivors abducted to Libya

Yesterday, Sunday, the crew of the surveillance aircraft Colibri witnessed once again a dramatic case of failure to render assistance by the Italian authorities. A rubber boat with over 80 refugees was in distress at sea for over 9 hours and was finally towed back to war-torn Libya by the country’s so-called Coast Guard. At…

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Libya is burning – Malta and the EU turn their back on civilians and refugees caught in the crossfire – Sea-Watch files legal protest

New armed clashes in Tripoli tighten the situation in Libya. Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat claims “apprehension”, yet continues blocking rescue ships in Maltese Harbours and thereby obstructs the last escape route for the local population and refugees, caught in the crossfire. Sea-Watch files legal protest against Maltese grounding of the reconnaissance aircraft Moonbird. Already…

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While Aquarius leaves Malta, the Maltese Government puts human lives at risk by unlawful blockade of rescue vessels

While the Aquarius, operated by SOS Mediterranee and MSF, was able to leave the port of Valletta yesterday after a successful disembarkation of rescued people, the rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 has been prevented from sailing for 51 days, despite the fact that all conditions of the flag state are fulfilled and the necessary registrations are…

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