No deportation of refugees agreement with European Union, Mali says


This video says about itself:

The Deadly Journey From Libya’s Migrant Jails

30 March 2016

Desperate to escape conflict and poverty, thousands of migrants and refugees attempt the perilous journey to Europe each year, with many crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa in rubber dinghies and wooden boats.

In the wake of the decommissioning of Mare Nostrum, a search and rescue operation run by Italy, the humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched their own vessel, named the Bourbon Argos, to find those stranded at sea and save those in trouble on one of the deadliest routes to Europe.

On board the vessel, refugees and migrants are provided with medical aid, food, and shelter, then brought safely to Italian shores. Having survived life in Libya, ruthless treatment by smugglers, and horrific conditions aboard flimsy boats, once aboard the Bourbon Argos they face yet more uncertainty as they approach Europe.

VICE News teamed up with MSF to document these missions in the Mediterranean. In this extra scene, we speak with rescued refugees and migrants, where they describe the situation in Libya before embarking on one of the deadliest routes to Europe.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Mali: no agreement with Koenders about returning migrants

Today, 20:26

Mali denies that last Sunday in Mali an agreement was signed with [Dutch Foreign Affairs] Minister Koenders about the return of migrants. Diop, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali denied that in the VPRO radio program Bureau Buitenland on NPO Radio 1.

Koenders was on behalf of the European Union in Mali and reported on Sunday that there was an agreement on facilitating the return of rejected asylum seeking Malians from countries in Europe. There are, according to Koenders, concrete agreements on repatriation, border management and legal migration.

According to Minister Diop these things have been discussed, but “we can not say that specifically an agreement has been concluded.” “We are also surprised that the situation was explained that way.”

Diop does not deny that a joint statement was issued, but that dd not involve an agreement, according to him. He expects a correction by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

More than 5,000 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean in 2016: here.

Germany in 2016: Mass deportations and brutality toward refugees: here.

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2 thoughts on “No deportation of refugees agreement with European Union, Mali says

  1. Meer vluchtelingen gestorven door militarisering van de Europese buitengrenzen

    De investeringen van de EU in grensbewaking zijn in 2016 opnieuw fors gestegen, zo toont het onlangs verschenen rapport “Border wars II” aan. Dat is een vervolg op het eerdere onderzoek “Oorlog aan de buitengrenzen” van Stop Wapenhandel en Transnational Institute. Wapen- en securitybedrijven trekken volop profijt van de militarisering van de Europese buitengrenzen, die dood en verschrikking zaait. Lees meer:

    http://www.doorbraak.eu/meer-vluchtelingen-gestorven-militarisering-europese-buitengrenzen/

  2. Pingback: Don’t send refugees to Libyan torture jails, United Nations says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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