Malta’s armed forces have branded allegations of human rights breaches against migrants at sea as “false and unfounded”, despite survivor accounts of attempted pushbacks. Witness testimonies and video evidence gathered by #AlarmPhone suggest that the Armed Forces of Malta (@Armed_Forces_MT) endangered the lives of 101 people in distress before facilitating their arrival in Italy. “Throughout the years, the Armed Forces of Malta have rescued thousands of migrants from drowning at sea. If the boat was in Maltese waters, the AFM would have been obliged to rescue migrants who could include asylum seekers. NGOs have reported that migrants aboard these boats are enduring a hunger strike in a final act of desperation.
Source: Libya Today May 21, 2020 07:18 UTC