Italy Forcible Returns 89 More Migrants to Libya (News)

The 89 migrants, including woman and children, were reportedly first taken on board the Italian Navy patrol boat Orione which took them to an off-shore oil production platform owned by Agip located within Libyan territorial waters where the migrants were transferred to a Libyan vessel which then took them to Libya.

COE Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg criticised the action.  “[It is] absolutely right” that not everyone who arrives in Italy has the right to asylum, but ”they certainly have the right to ask for it”. ”With [their immediate return to Libya], this is denied to them, as is the possibility that their claims are evaluated according to the principles of human rights.”

Click here and here and here for ANSA, Di-Ve, and Times of Malta reports.

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