There seems to be some confusion regarding when the situation facing the migrants on board the migrant rescue vessel, ‘Alan Kurdi’, will be resolved.
Newsbook.com.mt became aware that the resolution might be coming soon when Malta’s Ambassador to Italy Ms Vanessa Frazier spoke with certainty on the Italian News show, The ‘Today Programme’ on TV2000, that the situation would ‘be resolved in the next hours or tomorrow.’
‘We will find a solution. Unfortunatel,y we will still see these cases … I am sure that the situation of the ship Alan Kurdi, of the German NGO Sea-Eye, off the coast of Malta, will be resolved in the next hours or tomorrow. There will be a solution. Unfortunately, it means that we will still see cases like this.’
However, after contacting the European Commission, Newsbook.com.mt was informed that ‘intense contacts initiated last week are still on-going.’
It has been 10 days since the Sea Eye operated rescue vessel ‘Alan Kurdi’ has been unable to be granted a safe port in Italy or in Malta for 64 people still on board.
In the time being, two medical evacuations have taken place along with a resupply vessel providing food, water and clothing to the men, women and children.
Day 10 on #AlanKurdi. "While we wait, we sing." (🔊 on)
— sea-eye (@seaeyeorg) April 12, 2019
Must do better
Maltese NGOs lead by the Aditus Foundation are appealing to the Maltese government allow the 64 migrants on board the ‘Alan Kurdi’ to be disembarked in Malta.
The letter which has 28 signatories, states that taking this action ‘will ensure a humane end to this incident that prioritizes the preservation of lives over political and legal considerations.’
They stress that Libya is not a safe port for disembarkation and that returning them to Libya exposes ‘them to torture, sexual violence, arbitrary detention, discrimination and – in some cases – death. We are also extremely concerned that the refusal of coastal states to allow the prompt disembarkation of rescued migrants discourages private vessels from fulfilling their obligation of rescuing any person found to be in distress at sea.’
For this reason, the signatories call on the Maltese Prime Minister to set an example and not succumb to the anti-migrant sentiment stance taken by the Italian government.
Signatories include; Aditus foundation, Allied Rainbow Communities, Office of the Dean, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta, Department of Gender Studies, University of Malta, Department for Inclusion and Access to Learning, University of Malta, Department of Youth and Community Studies, Drachma LGBTI, Drachma Parents Group, Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants, LGBTI+ Gozo, Integra Foundation, International Association For Refugees, Isles of the Left, Jesuit Refugee Service Malta, Kopin, Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement, Moviment Graffitti, OASI Foundation, Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta, Richmond Foundation, Solidarity with Migrants, SOS Malta, Spark 15, Sudanese Community Malta, The Critical Institute, Victim Support Malta, Kummissjoni Ġustizzja u Paċi, Arċidjoċesi ta’ Malta and JosAnn Cutajar