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6th July 2017, 00:01:52 UTC

The soaring death toll in the central Mediterranean and the horrific abuses faced by thousands of refugees and migrants in Libyan detention centres are clearly linked to failing EU policies, said Amnesty International in a report published today. A perfect storm: The failure of European policies in the Central Mediterranean finds that by ceding the lion’s share of responsibility for search and rescue to NGOs and by increasing cooperation with the Libyan coastguard, European governments are failing to prevent drownings and turning a blind eye to human rights abuses, including torture and rape. EU Ministers meeting in Tallinn today are set to discuss new proposals that will make a dire situation worse.

Read the report