Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible?

Assemblea parlamentare del Consiglio Europeo

Report Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons
Rapporteur: Ms Tineke STRIK, Netherlands, Socialist Group

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The starting point for this report is that at least 1 500 people are known to have lost their lives at
tempting to cross the Mediterranean in 2011. 
This report however focuses on one particularly harrowing case in which a
small boat left Tripoli with 72 people on board and after two weeks at sea drifted back to Libya with
only nine
survivors. No one went to the aid of this boat, des
pite a distress call logged by the Italian Maritime
Coordination Centre, which pinpointed the boat’s po
sition. There were also a number of alleged direct
between the boat in distress and other vessels, inc
luding a helicopter that dropped biscuits and water
, but
never returned, two fishing vessels, both of which
refused to provide assistance, and a large military
which came into close contact with the boat, but ig
nored obvious distress signals.

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