"Callous and irresponsible": France urged to suspend Libya boat delivery over migrant interception fear - News Summed Up

"Callous and irresponsible": France urged to suspend Libya boat delivery over migrant interception fear


Eight international NGOs including Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders demanded Thursday that France suspend the delivery of boats to Libya's coastguard on concerns they would be used to intercept migrants. But the offer angered rights groups who said they would be used to block migrant boats seeking to reach Europe, forcing those on board to return to war-torn Libya. The NGOs believe forcing people to return to Libya would expose them to "serious human rights violations". - 'Callous and irresponsible' -Massimo Moratti, regional director for research at Amnesty International, said the pledge to deliver boats to the Libyan coastguard was "an unlawful and reckless decision". The six vessels, which are to be delivered in the coming weeks, are 12-metre, semi-rigid boats made by French specialist Sillinger.


Source: Libya Today April 25, 2019 11:15 UTC



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