A mother ship leaves a small boat full of migrants in the Sar Maltese area 25 miles from Lampedusa without an engine and leaves. Another boat with 120 people on board in the Sar Libyan area with the engine broken and no intervention in the field. Two other dinghies in difficulty and one sunk. To signal the two new cases of emergency in the Mediterranean are military aircraft of Frontex, the Colibrì and Alarm Phone, the switchboard addressed to migrants departing. The boat would leave Libya last night. "On board – say the migrants – there are about 120 people, including 15 women and 6 children. The engine is damaged and various people are ill. Urge immediate rescue!" Alarm Phone has informed both the Italian authorities and the Libyan coast guard at 2.10 pm but no one has moved.
The Colibrì aircraft also reported a sunken raft
Without any solution the Sea Watch case remains. On the eighth day in the middle of the sea on the border with the Italian international waters in front of Lampedusa, the UN intervenes to solicit the assignment of a safe port to the German NGO ship. "We ask Europe to allow the disembarkation of people on board the Sea Watch, which has on board 43 migrants for eight days, including three unaccompanied minors. These – underlines the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – urgently need a safe haven that cannot be in Libya. "Europe has played a key role in creating the legal architecture that supports international asylum law – said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean – and the time has come to invoke that glorious history of assisting people fleeing war, violence and persecution, and to allow refugees to come safely to the ground ".
The UNHCR reiterates that "no port in Libya can be considered safe at this time and that no person rescued in the Mediterranean Sea should be brought back to that country". "We need – he added – renewed efforts to develop a regional approach to the management of aid in the Mediterranean and the subsequent landing".
Meanwhile, on board the Sea Watch, migrants are increasingly worried. Of the letters on A4 sheets to compose the words "don't forget about us", don't forget us, supported by the 43 people on board, is the photo posted on Twitter by the NGO ..
"The prohibition that prevents us from entering Italian waters – says the spokeswoman of the German NGO Giorgia Linardi – is also a prohibition that prevents the commander from exercising his sacrosanct right, that of disembarking people as soon as possible in a safe port, given the state of humanitarian emergency on board ". An "injustice", Linardi underlines again, according to which, among other things, the situation on board is getting worse by the day: the commander is resisting.
But his intolerance, of the crew and of the people on board, is always stronger. permanence is increasingly debilitating ".
Meanwhile, surprisingly, two days after Salvini's American mission and his meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US State Department downgraded Italy in relation to activities to combat human trafficking. This is what emerges from the report released by the department: Italy has been brought to the Tier 2 level. "The Italian government – the law states – has not fully reached the minimum standards for eliminating traffic, but is making significant efforts to "These include raising funds for victim assistance and international collaboration on prosecution. However, these efforts were not serious and sustained compared to those of the previous period." Furthermore, the department pointed out that "despite the commitment and efforts of the Rome government to crack down on traffic networks in Italy, there has been a decline in the number of arrests of traffickers and investigations, compared to the previous period".
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