Tag: Captain Morgan
The figures were tabled in Parliament by Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri in a reply to Opposition spokesperson for justice Jason Azzopardi who asked for the quotations.
Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri has avoided answering a couple of parliamentary questions on the controversial detention of asylum seekers on pleasure craft by simply waiting until the practice was ended before answering.
Malta’s decision to detain asylum seekers on a number of pleasure boats – mostly those owned by Captain Morgan – for weeks on end has not found the support of the European Commission, which has rejected the government’s request to fund the controversial practice.
The University students' council, KSU, has called for the immediate disembarkation of asylum seekers which are being detained offshore, in a statement on Saturday. Deeming the practice as "illogical", KSU said that it hoped that the government would not resort to such practices at any point in the future.
The government pays for food and other supplies required by the asylum seekers detained on vessels chartered from Captain Morgan, in addition to the cost of chartering the vessels themselves, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri confirmed.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), have called on Malta and the other European States to speed efforts to bring some 160 rescued migrants and refugees, who remain at sea onboard two Captain Morgan vessels, on to dry land and to safety.
On Twitter the humanitarian NGO wrote that the migrants’, which are being described as prisoners, are feeling more depressed, are suffering from increased anxiety and are losing hope apart from not having sufficient food and the required healthcare.
Aditus Foundation, JRS Malta and Integra Foundation questioned whether the chartered vessels were adequate to hold such a large group of people on board for days on end.
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