Do not send migrants back to Libya or to “inhumane” camps

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Vatican City Pope Francis made a spirited appeal on Sunday to end the practice of returning migrants rescued at sea in Libya and other dangerous countries plagued by “inhuman violence”.

Francis also participated in a highly controversial political debate in Europe, calling on the international community to find concrete ways to manage “immigrant flows” in the Mediterranean.

“I express my friendship to the thousands of migrants, refugees and others in need of protection in Libya,” Francis said. “I will never forget you, I hear your cry, and I pray for you.”

Hundreds of immigrants have recently landed in Sicily or Italy, waiting for port after rescue, even as the gods appealed for immigration policy and a change of mind in their statements to the general public in St. Officials said the mainland after departing from Libya or Turkey. Dozens of others have pleaded for help from a flimsy rubber canoe.

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“Many of these men, women and children are victims of inhuman violence,” he said. “Nevertheless, I call on the international community to keep its promise to find a common, concrete and lasting solution to control the flow of movement between Libya and the entire Mediterranean Sea.”

After being rescued at sea, the Pope said, “The people sent back, how they are suffering.” He said the Libyan detention camp was “a true concentration camp”.

“We stop sending (immigrants) back to dangerous countries, prioritize the rescue of life at sea with rescue and predictable decommissioning protocols, and give them respectable living conditions, options for detention, routines. There is a need to guarantee safe migration routes and access to asylum procedures.”

UN refugee agency officials and human rights groups have long accused Libyan immigrants of detention centers for assault, rape, forms of torture and inadequate feeding practices. Immigrants endure weeks and months of these conditions, waiting for the passage of non-navigable rubber dinghies and fishing vessels arranged by smugglers.

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On Sunday, an alarm phone from a humanitarian group reported that 60 people had contacted them saying they needed help from their inflatable raft.

Separately, Doctors Without Borders said 296 migrants on the rescue ship Geovelantz were awaiting permission to disembark from Malta. Six migrants tested positive for COVID-19, but congestion on the ship made it difficult to keep them far enough away from other migrants.

In Sicily, a ship carrying 406 rescued migrants operated by German charity Sea-Watch has been allowed entry.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of migrant smugglers have left for European shores on boats and set foot in Sicily or the nearby Italian islands, many of whom have arrived in mainland Italy.

About 700 migrants, including those from Afghanistan, recently arrived on the Calabrian coast on a boat departing Turkey on Sunday, according to Red Cross officials in Rossellonica, a town on the “toe” coast of the Italian peninsula. where did it go.

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Italy and Malta have been criticized by human rights advocates for leaving migrants on overcrowded rescue boats before being allotted safe harbours.

The Libyan Coast Guard, which is trained and equipped by Italy, has also been criticized for rescuing migrants in Libyan waters and bringing them back to the land where detention centers were waiting for them.

Doctors Without Borders tweeted on Friday that a crew member at the Geovalents “saw an interception” by the Libyan Coast Guard.

“We do not know how many people have been detained, but we do know that they will be forcibly taken into dangerous custody and subjected to violence and exploitation,” the humanitarian organization said. Rice field.

In recent years, right-wing anti-immigrant parties have become more popular in Italy, and the Italian government is increasing domestic political pressure to crack down on illegal immigrants. Italy, along with Malta, has urged EU partners to accept some of those rescued, mostly in vain. Many immigrants want to find and work with relatives elsewhere in Europe.

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The Pope said, “Let us take responsibility for our brothers and sisters who have been victims of this grave situation for many years.” I closed my comment.

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