NGO Mediterranea vows to document Libyan 'captures' at sea

'To clarify Italian and European responsibilities'

03 May, 16:11

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MAY 3 - Migrant search-and-rescue NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans said on its Facebook page Friday that it plans to document operations by the Libyan Coast Guard taking place in the Mediterranean, which it said include capturing and deporting migrants back to Libya.

    "Between yesterday afternoon and evening, the deadly effects were seen in the Central Mediterranean caused by the latest transformation of the EUNavForMed Operation Sophia," the Facebook post said.

    "European military aircraft (certainly from the Malta Air Force, but Italian aircraft were also flying in the area), collaborated from above by providing directions to a Libyan patrol boat of one of the Misrata militias (the so-called "Coast Guard"), in a capture-and-deportation operation to Libyan ports of two boats with about 80 and 100 people aboard, respectively, which were trying to escape from violence and war to find refuge in Europe," it said.

    "A few dozen miles away with the ship Mare Jonio, despite the fact that we had offered our availability to intervene and give assistance, we observed a very serious violation of fundamental human rights and the international conventions that protect them, with the collective refoulement of more than 180 refugees to an unsafe country," it said. "From the port of Lampedusa, where we will stop in due to bad weather on the way, we will produce in the coming hours a detailed reconstruction of the events that occurred, to start clarifying Italian and European responsibilities. We remain available to anyone who wants the truth on the crimes against humanity that are taking place in our sea. This is not the Europe of rights, of freedom, and of democracy, that we dream of and for which we will continue to fight, at sea and on land," it said.(ANSAmed).

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