Human rights group calls for the rescue of 500 migrants off the European coast

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Francophone Association for Human Rights called on Friday for immediate international action to rescue some 500 migrants, including about 130 children, stranded in the Mediterranean aboard two rescue ships off the European coast.

This was stated in a statement of the Francophone Association (Paris-based), Anatolia arrived a copy of it.

The association stressed the urgent need for urgent intervention to rescue hundreds of migrants aboard the rescue ships “Viking” and “Open Arms” in the Mediterranean, in the light of the refusal of European countries to receive them.

She called for “the humanitarian side to prevail over any other political considerations, especially in light of the presence of a large number of children without the company of their families.”

The Association highlighted the need to “provide all reception facilities at the European maritime border as a safe and appropriate haven for refugee children and migrants, many of whom have fled the scourge of armed conflict and poverty”, without specifying their nationalities.

Two days ago, the Spanish rescue ship “Open Arms” headed to the Italian island of Lampedusa with 147 migrants on board after a judge in Rome suspended a decision by right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, under which immigrants were banned from entering Italian waters.

However, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, which operates the ship, said it would not attempt to forcibly enter the port of Lampedusa, as did the Sea Watch 3 rescue ship in June, prompting authorities to detain and arrest its captain.

In addition to the Ocean Viking of SOS Mediterani and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), with more than 350 migrants rescued from the sea, the Spanish ship is seeking to reach a harbor spared by two and a half meters of waves.

However, Italy and Malta refused to allow the ships to dock and land the passengers.

The Francophone Association for Human Rights, that the United Nations obliges States signatories to the laws relating to the sea and stranded, to “save the lives of people threatened by drowning.”


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