|Author (Person)||Robert, Aline|
The Action Plan comprised a set of five areas:
+ saving lives;
The measures presented in this plan were the basis of discussions on immediate support for Italy that took place at the informal Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 6 July 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. EURACTIV France reported on the 18 August 2017 that the EU was pressing on with controversial plans to tackle the migration crisis in Europe in the face of mounting criticism from NGOs and UN experts.
On the 17 August 2017 two United Nations human rights experts expressed serious concern over the new European Commission policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues, warning that more people would drown.
'The EU’s proposed new action plan, including a code of conduct for organisations operating rescue boats, threatens life and breaches international standards by condemning people to face further human rights violations in Libya', said the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, and the Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer.
The Special Rapporteurs expressed concern that the European Commission was trying to move Europe’s borders to Libya. 'Libya simply cannot be regarded as a safe place to disembark and the EU policy is in denial of this fact', they said.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Countries / Regions||Eastern Europe, Europe, Italy, Northern Africa, Southern Europe|