Prosecuted at Sea

The Aquarius migrant rescue ship carrying passengers from Libya was ordered seized by Italian authorities who said passengers’ discarded clothes could have been contaminated with HIV, meningitis and tuberculosis. Médecins Sans Frontières has been fined €460,000 and 24 people now under investigation by Italian authorities.
NGO rescue boats are a rare sight in the central Mediterranean since Italy closed its ports to foreign rescue vessels. MSF head of emergencies Karline Kleijer called the allegations “another strike in the series of attacks criminalizing humanitarian aid at sea.”
The Guardian

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