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Italy: The ship that rescued the migrants refused to obey the order to leave the shore, insisted on unloading the people and returning

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Italy refuses to give refuge to four ships in the Mediterranean.
These ships are carrying migrants rescued at sea at least 16 days ago.
Italy only allows people who are not in good condition to get off the ship.

Catania (Italy). Italy’s new far-right government issues instructions to target foreign ships rescuing migrants. After that, the captain of a rescue ship refused on Sunday to obey orders to leave the Sicilian coast after 35 migrants on his ship were refused permission to disembark. For two weeks, the government of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has refused to give refuge to four ships in the central Mediterranean.

These ships are carrying migrants rescued at sea at least 16 days ago. Italy only allows people who are not in good condition to get off the ship. On Sunday, Italy ordered the ship to leave port after allowing 144 migrants rescued on “Humanity 1” to disembark in the country. Children and more than 100 miners and the sick were among the evacuees. But the captain of the ship refused to obey this order. SOS Humanity, from the German charity which operates the ship, said that “until all people are disembarked, the order will not be followed”. The ship is in port with 35 migrants.

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After that, another charity ship reached Catania on Sunday and the same procedure was adopted for that as well. There were 572 migrants on board the Geo Barents vessel operated by Doctors Without Borders. The screening process was completed by late evening during which 357 people were cleared to disembark the ship. While the remaining 215 people were arrested on the ship itself. Human rights groups said on Sunday that Italy breached international law by refusing to disembark migrants rescued from distress at sea in its port. A German advocacy body said it would take legal action. legal action against Rome.

Tags: human rights, Italy, migrant

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