13 migrants file a judicial protest against Govt and AFM

REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Thirteen migrants from the Pasquetta tragedy pushback to libya have filed a judicial protest on Tuesday against Prime Minister Robert Abela, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri, Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi and the Attorney General.

The migrants are claiming violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights with regards to inhuman and degrading treatment and a violation of Article 18 and 19 of the Charter of Human Rights of the EU on the breach of their right to seek asylum and collective expulsion.

All migrants are from Eritrea and were residing in Tripoli, Libya. Amongst the protesting parties are four women, one with a child of 2 and a half years.

In April five asylum seekers were reported dead by the International Organisation of Migration after a boat of 51 survivors which was adrift in the Maltese search and rescue region was brought back to Libya. Another seven migrants are believed to be missing.

Partit Laburista did not deny the allegations that the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) harmed a boat carrying migrants, but admitted that it was disgusted at the criminal complaints made against the AFM.

Prime Minister Robert Abela had stated that there has been a “systematic attack” on AFM members.

In April the Italian newspaper ‘L’Avvenire’  accused Malta of lying about the assistance given to the migrants. The newspaper reported that Malta lied to the Italian Authorities as the International Migrants Organisation, the NGO Mediterranea and the SOS network Alarm Phone had reported the arrival of a boat with 47 persons and 5 corpses off the coast of Libya.

Prime Minister Abela had ordered for a magisterial inquiry into the death of the migrants which was concluded within a month.