Wie The Guardian berichtet, gibt es seit dem 26. August keine NGO-Seenotrettung auf der zentralen Mittelmeerroute. 3 der 10 Schiffe werden von Malta festgehalten.
Während des bisher längsten Zeitraums ohne Rettuungsschiff, vom 28.06. bis zum 08.07., ertranken 300 Menschen.
The death toll has fallen in the past year, but the number of those drowning as a proportion of arrivals in Italy has risen sharply in the past few months, with the possibility of dying during the crossing now three times higher.
According to figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2,383 migrants died in shipwrecks in 2017, compared with 100,308 arrivals in Italy. In 2018, with NGO boats under pressure from Maltese and Italian authorities, the number of victims has already reached 1,130, compared with just 20,319 who have landed in the country. […]
“Italy has obtained what it wanted,” said Fulvio Vassallo, an asylum law professor at the University of Palermo. “Rome has managed to get rid of the eyes of the NGOs, who could testify to the abuses of the Libyan coastguard. Today, only merchant vessels and fishermen remain, and fortunately some of them continue to respond to the laws of the sea, putting their lives at risk.”
One week ago, six Tunisian fishermen were arrested at sea and charged for enabling smuggling by the Italian police after their trawler released a small vessel it had been towing with 14 migrants onboard, 24 miles from the Italian island of Lampedusa. The men’s lawyers say they saw a migrant vessel in distress and a common decision was made to tow it to safety in Italian waters.