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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 08:36 PM
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Libyan migrants' boat deaths to be investigated by Council of Europe
Source: The Guardian

Europe's paramount human rights body, the Council of Europe, has called for an inquiry into the deaths of 61 migrants in the Mediterranean, claiming an apparent failure of military units to rescue them marked a "dark day" for the continent.

Mevlt avusoglu, president of the council's parliamentary assembly, demanded an "immediate and comprehensive inquiry" into the fate of the migrants' boat which ran into trouble in late March en route to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Yesterday, the Guardian reported that the boat encountered a number of European military units including a helicopter and an aircraft carrier after losing fuel and drifting, but no rescue attempt was made and most of the 72 people on board eventually died of thirst and hunger.

"If this grave accusation is true that, despite the alarm being raised, and despite the fact that this boat, fleeing Libya, had been located by armed forces operating in the Mediterranean, no attempt was made to rescue the 72 passengers aboard, then it is a dark day for Europe as a whole," avusoglu declared. "I call for an immediate and comprehensive inquiry into the circumstances of the deaths of the 61 people who perished, including babies, children and women who one by one died of starvation and thirst while Europe looked on," he added.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/09/refugees-li...
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 08:46 PM
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1. K&R, how was the IOM not notified? This is a travesty.
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Alamuti Lotus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-11 12:18 AM
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2. NATO is apparently too busy bombing people to save them
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-11 12:29 AM
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3. NATO is feigning ignorance.
There were others who were aware of them being there though and IOM should've been contacted. NATO be damned. IOM has as its job to handle this stuff.
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