The Ombudsman asks Foreign Affairs to study allowing shipwreck disembarkation

The Ombudsman asks Foreign Affairs to study allowing shipwreck disembarkation

The Acting Ombudsman, Francisco Fernández Marugán, has initiated an ex officio action before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study allowing the disembarkation in Spain, for humanitarian reasons, of the people rescued by the fishing boat Our Mother of Loreto.

Fernández Marugán wants Foreign Affairs to assess the possibility of allowing the landing of the twelve castaways in Spanish territory, as it does not appear that Malta and Italy are willing to allow it, according to a statement.

"The refusal of those who would have the legal obligation to allow the disembarkation of these castaways puts the Spanish crew of this fishery in a situation of limit, from the point of view of their safety and human rights," he said.

The Ombudsman has stressed the importance of European countries collaborating with each other to ensure that ship captains, when providing assistance by embarking people in distress at sea, "are released from their obligations with a minimum deviation from the projected trip. of the ship and organize the disembarkation as soon as is reasonable ".

On the other hand, it has valued "the determined commitment" of the Spanish Government with the basic rescue obligations foreseen in the law of the sea and with the need for the closest countries to assume their obligation to coordinate.

And he recalled that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repeated on several occasions that it does not consider Libya a safe port for the landing of migrants and discourages returns to Libya after rescues at sea.


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