04.06.2007

PRO ASYL asks for sanctions by the EU and a comprehensive rescue plan

For three days now, Malta has been idly standing by, watching refugees fighting for their lives in a tuna net. Malta refuses ships with rescued refugees on board. Malta is systematically arresting refugees and migrants. Last weekend, Malta even denied entry to the French warship “Motte-Picquet” which had recovered bodies.

“Malta’s refugee policy is deadly, and not only since last week. The island state has been violating fundamental human rights and refugee rights standards for years”, says Karl Kopp, speaker for European Affairs with Pro Asyl.

PRO ASYL expects the European Commission and the German presidency to take resolute action in view of Malta’s cynical policy. The EU is bound to initiate legal action against Malta for breach of contract which may go as far as suspending Malta’s right to vote.

PRO ASYL demands that the European Commission and the German presidency submit a comprehensive plan for how to rescue refugees. Malta is not a safe haven for refugees. The EU must launch a resettlement program for those who make it to Malta alive and fly them to other EU member states.

Furthermore, PRO ASYL asks the European Commission and the German presidency to stand up for the protection of Eritrean refugees arrested in Libya and threatened by deportation to the persecuting country. On May 21, Malta had denied these people rescue from sea.

Karl Kopp, speaker for European Affairs

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