UN warns Italy over tough law on migrant rescue boats

AFP , Tuesday 6 Aug 2019

"NGOs play an invaluable role in saving the lives of refugees and migrants attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe," UNHCR said.

Rescue NGOs have continued to take to the seas to save lives despite a refusal by European ports to accept migrants.

UNHCR also said rescue boats must not be redirected back to Libya, a key launching point for migrant vessels headed to Europe, given "the extremely volatile security situation in the country."

"Widespread reports of human rights violations and routine use of arbitrary detention for people disembarked back to Libya underline the fact that it is not a viable place of safety," UNHCR said.

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