Migrant rescue mission must extend closer to Libya: Amnesty International

(Reuters) – European efforts to save the lives of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean must involve search and rescue operations near the shores of Libya, Amnesty International said on Saturday as hundreds more people arrived in Italy from North Africa.

The European Union was shocked into action last week by a shipwreck that killed more than 700 people, and pledged to triple the budget of its sea mission which had replaced a more comprehensive Italian operation.

But differences of opinion over immigration policy mean the EU’s Operation Triton does not have an explicit mandate to search for and rescue migrants near the Libyan coast, where Italy’s now-defunct Mare Nostrum did much of its work last year.

“We only see that mission patrolling right around the borders of Italy. But all these boats that we have seen go down have been going down further afield, so closer to Libya, and these boats are simply not reaching that area,” said Amnesty International’s deputy manager for Europe, Gauri Van Gulik…

  • Minicapt

    So where are the Amnesty International rescue boats?


    • FactsWillOut

      Who needs boats when you can whine, whine, whine your way to the top?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Maybe we need to kick off a campaign to “raise awareness” of illegal immigration by illegal immigrants.
    That would be money much better spent.

  • FactsWillOut

    Canada, being so generous to the poor, displaced screw-ups of the world, should offer Amnesty International Ellef Ringnes Island to use as a settlement.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Ellesmere will do.

      • Clausewitz

        How about the island we’re always fighting the Danes over, Han’s Island. Could kill two birds with one stone.

  • poppa

    Well said minicapt1!
    Are they the united nations?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Call the Pakistani Navy.