Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the practice of returning migrants rescued at sea to Libya and other unsafe countries where they suffer “inhuman violence,” and called on the international community to find concrete ways to manage the flows. migratory in the Mediterranean Sea.
“I express my closeness to the thousands of migrants, refugees and others who need protection in Libya.”Pope Francis told the public gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “I never forget you, I hear your cry and I pray for you.”
“Many of these men, women and children are subjected to inhumane violence,” he added. “Once again I ask the international community to fulfill its promises to seek common, concrete and lasting solutions to manage migratory flows in Libya and the entire Mediterranean.”
“We need to stop sending (migrants) back to unsafe countries and prioritize saving human lives at sea with regular rescue and disembarkation protocols, to guarantee them dignified living conditions, alternatives to detention, regular migration paths and access to asylum procedures, “Francisco said.
Human rights defenders They have criticized Italy and Malta for leaving migrants aboard crowded rescue boats before assigning them a safe harbor.
Representatives of the UN refugee agency and human rights organizations have long denounced the conditions of detention centers for migrants in Libya, citing beatings, rape and forms of torture and insufficient food.