After Another 400 Migrants Feared Drowned, EU Under Pressure For Canceling Sea Rescue Mission  | African-American News and Black History

Africa, African Migrants, Africans Drown Libya, EU Sea Rescue, Mediterranean Sea Boat Drown, News, World -

After Another 400 Migrants Feared Drowned, EU Under Pressure For Canceling Sea Rescue Mission 

Africa, African Migrants, Africans Drown Libya, EU Sea Rescue, Mediterranean Sea Boat Drown, News, World -

After Another 400 Migrants Feared Drowned, EU Under Pressure For Canceling Sea Rescue Mission 

Coastguard helped rescue 144 people and launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of finding others [AP]
Coastguard helped rescue 144 people and launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of finding others [AP]
European states have come under renewed pressure from human rights and refugee organizations to mount large-scale search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean after the latest migrant boat disaster led to the drowning of an estimated 400 people.

Critics say that the cancellation last year of an Italian-run sea rescue mission, Mare Nostrum, and the launch in November of Triton, a much smaller border surveillance operation by the EU, created the conditions for the higher death toll. They point to the figure of 900 dead so far this year, far greater than in the same period in 2014, as proof that the end of Mare Nostrum failed to deter migrants while leaving far fewer safeguards in place to rescue victims of frequent shipwrecks.

“It is time to bring back the search-and-rescue capacity of the Mare Nostrum operation, this time as a collective European effort,” said Jan Egeland, a former UN head of humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, and now secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council. “The Mediterranean is now the world’s most dangerous border between countries at peace. European nations have completely run out of excuses. They have to act now in order to prevent even bigger tragedies than those we have already witnessed.”

Michael Diedring, the secretary general of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, said: “Our calls for EU search-and-rescue efforts in the Mediterranean have fallen on deaf ears. Apart from the outstanding efforts of the Italian navy, the EU continues to fail to act.”

Read the full story at theguardian.com


Leave a comment

Related Posts

The Business of Slavery and...
The Business of Slavery and...
The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815–1860 by Calvin Schermerhorn (E-Book) Link: UnitedB...
Read More
Keep Going: 10 Ways to...
Keep Going: 10 Ways to...
Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon (E-Book) Link: UnitedBlackBooks.org/SelfH...
Read More
The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism:...
The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism:...
The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in 17th Century North Am...
Read More
#BlackFriday sales have come Early...
#BlackFriday sales have come Early...
#BlackFriday sales have come Early this year! Save 30% on nearly everything in stock until 11/27! This includes; E-Bo...
Read More

Tags