Migrants: shipwrecks result of EU policies, Tunisian NGO

'Solidarity to the families of victims and survivors'

10 March, 14:53

    Naufragio in Tunisia: ripescati 39 cadaveri Naufragio in Tunisia: ripescati 39 cadaveri

    TUNIS - The Tunisian Forum for economic and social rights (Ftdes), in relation to a shipwreck yesterday of two boats carrying a large number of African migrants off the islands of Kerkennah, which caused the death of at least 39 people, said in a statement that "this human tragedy is the inevitable result of restrictive and inhuman migration policies of the European Union".

    The Forum said it was wrong for the European Union to "focus on the theme of security in treating the phenomenon with Tunisian counterparts", suggesting instead a "human" approach "towards migration flows" focusing on the "conditions of health, security and policy in Tunisia and Libya", "encouraging the rescue and protection of human lives" instead of "a policy to close borders".

    The EU, according to the Forum, has "shown it is willing to do anything to prevent the arrival of migrants on its territory". The Tunisian Forum for Social and economic rights expressed solidarity to the families of victims and survivors of this umpteenth humanitarian tragedy in the Mediterranean, renewing its adhesion to a global and humanitarian approach, aimed at safeguarding the rights and dignity of migrants. It also asked for technological and logistical means to be deployed in the search and rescue of human lived and not for limitations and prevention.

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