1,971 migrants died or disappeared in the Mediterranean in 2021

1,971 migrants died or went missing in the Mediterranean in 2021, and at least 23,000 over the past decade, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

On Sunday’s ‘CommemorAction’ day, 36 NGOs gathered near the port of Senglea, to remember all those who faced prosecution, died, went missing or went missing crossing the sea and borders of the world.

They pointed out that although the Mediterranean remains one of the deadliest migration routes in the world, the Maltese authorities are turning away from their duty to protect the lives of people seeking asylum in our search and rescue zone.

“Today, we join people around the world in strongly denouncing the deadly violence of the world’s border regimes and calling on the responsible authorities to respect human rights, international law and the 1951 Geneva Convention on refugees, and to act humanely to prevent deaths and loss of life,” the NGOs said.

“It is an established fact that the Maltese authorities collaborate with the Libyan Coast Guard in unlawful pushbacks. We regularly read reports of Malta ignoring distress calls and refusing disembarkation to the rescued. We are witnessing asylum seekers subjected to degrading and humiliating treatment,” they said.

They said the “imprisonment” of people on Captain Morgan boats in 2020 was a tragic example. “We call on authorities to remember that saving lives at sea is a legal and moral obligation.”

They pointed out that human rights and international laws guarantee the right to seek asylum and oblige states to treat asylum seekers with respect and dignity at every stage of the process.

“We call on the EU institutions to come up with strong assistance measures to ensure that Malta and other member states can provide the safety and dignity to which migrants are entitled,” the NGOs said.

This event was one of many held to mark World CommemorAction Day, where people stand in solidarity with loved ones of those who have died or gone missing along migration routes and call for action to prevent this from happening again. reproduce.

CommemorAction Day takes place on February 6, as the day in 2014 Spanish border police killed at least 15 people trying to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from Tarajal. NGOs said these migrants drowned when the Guardia Civil, armed with aggressive riot gear, fired rubber bullets at them.

“This tragedy has become a shameful symbol of murderous migration policies around the world. Spanish courts have since ruled that no crime was committed and acquitted the Guardia Civil officers. The families of the victims are still waiting for justice to be done.

The first CommemorationAction took place on February 6, 2019 in Oujda, where families of deceased, missing or missing migrants called for an end to border violence.

“The Tarajal massacre is just one example of 20 years of aggression where victims remain without justice, graves without names and borders without rights.”

The event was organized by the aditus foundation; African Media Association; Malta Anti-Poverty Forum; English blue door; Department of Social Policy and Social Work; Department of Gender and Sexualities, University of Malta; Drachma LGBTI and Drachma Parents Group; Fondazzjoni Sebh; Liberate the El Hiblu 3 campaign; Association of the Great Oak of Malta; Integra Foundation; Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS); Justice and Peace Commission – Archdiocese of Malta; KOPIN; Kunsill Nazzjonali taż-Żgħażagħ; L-Għaqda ghall-Ġustizzja, Ugwaljanza u Paċi; LGBTI+ Gozo; Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM); Malta Humanist Association; Malta Association of Social Workers; Men Against Violence; Malta Migrant Women’s Association; Graffitti movement; AVS Foundation; Dean’s Office – Faculty of Education; Dean’s Office, Faculty of Social Welfare; Paulo Freire Institute Foundation; President Emeritus, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca; Republic ; Richmond Foundation; Segretarjat Assistenza Soċjali – Azzjoni Kattolika Maltija; SOS Malta; SPARK15; Saint Jeanne Antide Foundation; Sudanese community; The Good Shepherd Sisters – Dar Merħba Bik Foundation.

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