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MSF Sea 10h
Instead of championing humane policies, the is enabling the forced return of people back to , a country that is like a "sick doctor that is being asked to treat patients". Libyan Interior Minister speaks with
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MSF Sea 18h
Many households in are now without water. During conflict, in addition to avoiding civilian casualties, armed groups also need to protect, not target, vital infrastructure that civilians rely on such as the water system.
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MSF Sea May 19
Remaining survivors on are now safe in but prosecutors impounded the ship for "breaching immigration rules" Saving lives "cannot represent a violation of national legislation on border control or irregular migration" says
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MSF Sea May 19
Former Italian Coast Guard Commander sleeps on the ground tonight in solidarity with & that remain stranded at sea. "It is not a provocation, but an act of solidarity... they are human beings, like me."
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MSF Sea May 19
Replying to @UNHumanRights
All governments take note as makes it clear that “search & rescue operations aimed at saving lives at sea cannot represent a violation of national legislation on border control or irregular migration."
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MSF Sea May 19
Replying to @seawatch_intl
Meanwhile politicians declare that "it's no secret" they'd prefer to see 3 "disappear from the " & call for search & rescue like to be criminalised for "encouraging people smuggling".
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MSF Sea May 19
🔴 asks the gov't to withdraw a Directive attempting to criminalise search & rescue in the Central , stating since is "not consistently providing rescue mechanisms to protect life & dignity, actors are indispensable”.
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MSF Sea May 18
has taken the families on board 3 to safety. Yet 47 people remain behind, stuck at sea while leaders debate who will take them. European leaders must stop these ad-hoc disembarkation procedures & bring all rescued people to the closest port of safety now!
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MSF Sea May 17
61 people risking their lives at sea were forced back to in violation of intl law and put into the Tajoura detention centre in , which was hit by an airstrike last week. More people are going into detention than are being evacuated out.
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MSF Sea May 16
If tables were turned and the government of were charged €5,500 for each of the 2,329 people they've left stranded at sea over the past year (including the 65 onboard today), that would amount to a grand total of €12,809,500.
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MSF Sea May 16
The government of has again closed its ports, leaving vulnerable & rescued yesterday stranded at sea. Europe: Sustainable disembarkation solutions were needed nearly a year ago when this first happened. We're still waiting...
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MSF Sea May 15
65 people in distress have just been rescued by . The Central sea crossing is a desperate option for people trying to escape and the fighting in . Anyone rescued at sea must be taken to a safe port as required by international law.
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MSF Sea May 15
Yesterday, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said the EU is united behind U.N. efforts for a political process in . Is the EU also behind U.N. efforts to end forced returns to Libya, where there are no safe ports? IOM says 871 returned since fighting began
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MSF Sea May 14
Whether in or elsewhere in , "there are no safe ports" for the disembarkation of people rescued at sea, according to the U.N. (again).
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MSF Sea May 14
Yesterday, the EU called for a ceasefire in , citing a threat to international security. Discussion at EU level cannot ignore the harmful repercussions of EU policies in Libya. The zero tolerance approach for & has led to today's horrifying reality.
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MSF Sea May 14
The EU is calling for "all parties to protect civilians, including and ," yet people are being trapped in and returned to dangerous conditions in . This ironical call rings hollow as the fighting continues. EU statement:
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MSF Sea May 14
When someone risks their life at sea and then risks it again to avoid being returned by the Libyan Coast Guard, you know there is something terribly wrong with policy in and the Central .
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MSF Sea May 13
's plans to fine 's for every person they rescue is "like fining ambulances for carrying patients to the hospital" - Claudia Lodesani, President of .
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MSF Sea May 12
In the last 4 days, over 600 & have attempted to flee . The majority were forcibly returned & placed in detention centres - including in where there is active conflict. is not safe to bring people back to!
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MSF Sea May 11
In the past days 150+ people have been rescued in the Central & disembarked in & . Sadly, in the same period more than double have either been intercepted & forcibly returned to , or drowned while attempting to flee.
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