World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 18 Mar, 2021 03:15 am

As Mediterranean drownings continue, European Human Rights Commissioner condemns EU refugee policy

The EU deliberately allows refugees to drown in the Mediterranean Sea as a means of blocking them from claiming asylum on the continent.

The death count was based only on the number of bodies that rescuers retrieved before they were forced to suspend rescue operations.The EU has closed off safer routes for claiming asylum, closed down its naval rescue operations in the Mediterranean, sabotaged the operation of NGO rescue ships in the region, and financed and collaborated with Libyan coastguards to catch refugees and return them to prison, where they are forced to labor, beaten and assaulted, and in some cases literally sold into slavery to militias which hold them ransom to their families.In the two years since, the authors write, the restriction of rescue operations in the Mediterranean has only been tightened.Meanwhile, the authors state, “NGO-run search and rescue activities have continued to be hindered, either through administrative or criminal proceedings, or simply by preventing disembarkation, so that a number of NGO ships have not been able to resume rescue operations.

A report published this week by the European Human Rights Commissioner confirms the criminal and murderous character of the European Union’s refugee policy, which consists in deliberately allowing refugees to drown in the Mediterranean Sea as a means of blocking them from claiming asylum on the continent.This week’s report by the European Commissioner for Human Rights confirms the responsibility of the EU for this social crime.

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