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25 Jun 2015 description

Valletta, Malta | AFP | Thursday 6/25/2015 - 19:12 GMT

Conditions for migrants on the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta have improved but still fall well below international standards, a UN group said Thursday.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said it was particularly concerned with the migrants' lack of access to legal aid and lack of awareness about their status.

The UN group visited Malta this week, following up on a report it had compiled in 2009 specifically on the detention of migrants.

23 Jun 2015 description

IOM Launches Study: “Migration Trends Across the Mediterranean: Connecting the Dots”

Egypt - Altai Consulting and IOM today launch “Migration Trends across the Mediterranean: Connecting the Dots”.

Based on unique and in-depth qualitative research in countries along the Western and Central Mediterranean routes, the study adds new insights to the ongoing debate over migration across the Mediterranean.

22 Jun 2015 description
report European Union

22/06/2015 09:55 Press release 482/15 Security & defence

Today, the Council launched the EU naval operation against human smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean called "EUNAVFOR Med". Its mission is to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and enabling assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers.

22 Jun 2015 description

Luxembourg, Luxembourg | 07:28 GMT

EU foreign ministers formally approved Monday the launch of the first phase of a military operation to target people smugglers in the Mediterranean, officials said.

The initial ships and aircraft to conduct intelligence gathering missions should be available within a week, officials said.

EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said the 28-nation bloc had responded quickly to the crisis washing up on its southern shores.

10 Jun 2015 description
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Comments by Malta

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The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants conducted a visit to Malta from 6 to 10 December 2014. He held consultations with officials of the Government of Malta, migrants and representatives of civil society organizations and international organizations.

08 Jun 2015 description

Banking on mobility over a generation: follow-up to the regional study on the management of the external borders of the European Union and its impact on the human rights of migrants

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27 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Los operativos contra traficantes de inmigrantes deben respetar las leyes de derechos humanos

26 DE MAYO DE 2015

(Bruselas) – Las acciones militares de la Unión Europea (UE) contra las redes de tráfico de personas no deben poner en peligro las vidas y los derechos de los migrantes y solicitantes de asilo en peligro, dijo hoy Human Rights Watch. El 18 de mayo de 2015, el Consejo de la Unión Europea acordó crear una operación naval, EUNAVFOR Med, para identificar, capturar y destruir los barcos usados por los traficantes de inmigrantes en el Mediterráneo.

04 May 2015 description

Malta, 4 May 2015: This weekend more than 6000 people were rescued in several operations on the Mediterranean Sea while making the treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe. Three hundred and sixty nine of those were rescued by the MY Phoenix a search and rescue vessel run in partnership by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). Early Monday morning an additional 104 people were rescued with the assistance of the MY Phoenix team and transferred onto a commercial vessel.

24 Apr 2015 description

GINEBRA, 23 de abril de 2015 (ACNUR) – La agencia de la ONU para los refugiados se sumó este jueves a otros organismos en un llamamiento a los líderes europeos para que antepongan la vida, los derechos y la dignidad humana cuando lleguen a un acuerdo hoy sobre la respuesta conjunta a la crisis humanitaria en el Mediterráneo.

23 Apr 2015 description

Genève, 23 avril (HCR) – L'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a appelé jeudi – conjointement avec d'autres organisations – les dirigeants européens à prioritairement sauver des vies ainsi que garantir les droits et la dignité, dans leur réponse commune à la crise humanitaire en Méditerranée.

21 Apr 2015 description

Riga, Latvia | AFP | Tuesday 4/21/2015 - 18:32 GMT

The European Commission on Tuesday urged EU members to tackle the health challenges posed by the influx of asylum seekers in the Mediterranean, including sharing hospital resources.

"The emergency is there, now, it's concrete," Commission official Ladislav Miko told reporters in Latvia's capital Riga.

There was "suffering which needs to be addressed very fast," he added.

20 Apr 2015 description

GENÈVE, 20 avril (HCR) – Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés António Guterres a exprimé sa consternation après le tout dernier naufrage en mer Méditerranée. Des centaines de personnes seraient portées disparues.

20 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 20 avril 2015 (IRIN) - Il ne fait aucun doute que l’augmentation estivale du nombre de traversées de la Méditerranée par les migrants à déjà commencé. Le weekend dernier, les autorités italiennes ont en effet secouru 8 500 migrants et signalé la mort de près de 400 autres.

20 Apr 2015 description

GINEBRA, 19 de abril de 2015 (ACNUR) – El Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, António Guterres, expresó hoy su consternación por el último naufragio en el Mediterráneo, y por los cientos de vidas que habría cobrado.

Según la última información recibida por parte de las autoridades de Malta, tan sólo 50 de las 700 personas que se estimaba estaban a bordo, habrían sido rescatadas.

19 Apr 2015 description

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today expressed his shock at the latest boat capsizing on the Mediterranean, and the hundreds of lives reported to have been lost.

As of a short time ago, according to information from the Maltese authorities, only around 50 of the 700 reported to be aboard, had been rescued.

19 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 11:34 GMT

by Angus MACKINNON

As many as 700 migrants were feared drowned Sunday after their packed boat capsized off Libya in what was described as the deadliest such disaster to date in the Mediterranean.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and Italy's coastguard said only 28 people had survived the wreck. Their testimonies suggested there had been about 700 people on board the 20-metre (70-foot) fishing boat, officials said.

16 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

By Carolina Montenegro and Kristy Siegfried

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have perished, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way.