Tag: Asylum seekers
"Malta refuses much-needed support from the European Union to create more space for refugees, and then locks up people because of this very lack of space. Abusive and farcical indeed," director and lawyer Neil Falzon noted after the court ruled on the case.
A group of 52 asylum seekers who had been pushed back to Libya by the Maltese authorities on the fishing vessel Dar al Salaam have filed a court application demanding to be allowed their asylum applications on Wednesday. The group is also seeking damages.
On the eve of the launch of the European Commission’s new Pact on Migration and Asylum, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration are appealing to the EU to ensure a truly joint and principled approach that addressed all aspects of migration and asylum governance.
The group was rescued once it was about 18 nautical miles off the coast of Lampedusa.
A group of 28 people are in distress at sea in Malta’s search-and-rescue zone, NGO Alarm Phone reported on Sunday afternoon.
In its latest report titled Waves of impunity: Malta’s human rights violations Europe’s responsibilities in the Central Mediterranean, Amnesty International shows how the government tactics are exposing countless people to "appalling suffering and risking their lives".
Three of the 27 asylum seekers who have been stuck on the Maersk Etienne for a month due to Malta’s refusal to allow disembarkation have jumped overboard as the situation on board the tanker continues to escalate.
Two men were sentenced to an effective jail term after they admitted to stealing a 12-foot boat and trying to flee Malta.