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About people remain missing at sea following two shipwrecks off Libya and off Tunisia as bodies wash up ashore. New details about a pushback case to Libya reveal it was organised and payed for by Malta. On 16 May, local fishermen encountered about people in a rubber boat off the Libyan city Khoms, but their attempts to reach the so-called Libyan coastguard were in vein, the NGO hotline for people in distress Alarm Phone reports.

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A relative later informed the NGO that half of the boat had deflated and 47 people fell into the water. While the so-called Libyan coast guard remained unreachable, fishermen rescued 62 people but dozens remain missing at sea. The same day, another tragic incident occurred off the southern coast of Tunisia where a shipwreck claimed the lives of more than 50 people. According to the Tunisian authorities, 33 survivors who were clinging to an oil platform were rescued. Following several tragedies over the latest period, another 10 bodies washed up ashore in western Libya on Tuesday.

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More than survivorsincluding children, rescued in six operations by the Sea-Eye 4 crew were about to disembark in Pozzallo, Sicily on 21 May. At the time a safe port for disembarkation was ased, the vessel was close to Palermo and had waited for more than 48 hours for a reaction by European states.

Another two days of sailing were required to reach Pozzallo. In the latest chapter of an ongoing legal saga over disembarkation, an Italian judge on 14 May dismissed the case against former Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini over his refusal to let survivors on a coast guard vessel disembark in The judge stated that no crime had been committed.

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The decision contradicts a recent decision in a similar case that ordered Seeks Malta and to stand trial in September. Meanwhile, a court in Sicily has dropped the case against the German captain and civil rescuer Carola Rackete over her decision to take survivors on board the Sea Watch 3 to safety despite opposition from the Italian authorities.

On 19 May, several witnesses testified in a case of 52 people suing Malta over their pushback to Libya in April by the fishing vessel Dar Es Salaam 1. When the Dar Es Salaam 1 crew encountered the dinghy, five people had already died on board and the crew was instructed by AFM to bring aboard the survivors and deceased, to sail towards Tripoli, and to hand the rescued people over to a Libyan patrol boat.

AFM paid for fuel. Malta did not fulfil its duty to rescue and Alarm Phone later learned that the 88 people were intercepted by Seeks Malta and so-called Libyan coast guard. The fate of another 95 people who were nearby in Maltese SAR zone remains unclear. The same day, another 25 people, including two children, were returned to Libya. Recent investigations by journalist have revealed far reaching complicity of the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex in interceptions and returns to Libya.

Further, the EU continues to support the so-called Libyan coast guard through training and equipment despite the well-documented human rights violations perpetrated by it. According to the Libyan office of the International Organization for Migration IOM8, people have been intercepted and returned by the so-called Libyan coast guard between the beginning of the year and 15 May.

In the past week, more people were intercepted and returned to Libya where they are not safe and face arbitrary detention and abuse. The Commissioner also told media that she was open to talks with Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah over a new migration accord. You can subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin here.

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