Sea-Watch says ship hijacking was act of self-defence

Says EU policy inhumane, normal to refuse return to Libya

28 March, 16:19

    (ANSAmed) - VALLETTA, MARCH 28 - Johannes Bayer, president of the NGO Sea-Watch, on Thursday called for a humane perspective regarding the case of the merchant ship El Hiblu.1, which was hijacked by rescued migrants on Wednesday after the migrants were told they would be taken back to Libya.

    "We have to look at these 108 people with a gaze of humanity and understand that any action taken yesterday was in self-defence against the deadly consequences that would have been imposed with force by the inhumane European policy on borders," Bayer said.

    He said the closure of Italian ports is another cause of the current situation.

    Bayer said migrants in Libya are "systematically subject to arbitrary arrest, torture, sexual violence, kidnapping, extortion, slavery, and even murder".

    "It's absolutely legitimate that people rescued while in danger of losing their lives in the Mediterranean refuse to be taken back to Libya, the same place in which they know they could have only continued to be victims of the most serious possible violations of their rights and the most degrading treatment," Bayer said.(ANSAmed).

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