Humanitarian ship must be allowed to dock - Anderson
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said said policies towards refugees should be driven by humanitarian concerns not security.
Martina Anderson said:
"A humanitarian ship carrying over 600 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants is currently being refused access to dock in Italy by far-right leader and interior minister Matteo Salvini.
"This ship, operated by Doctors without Borders, has assisted in saving the lives of hundreds, amongst them 7 pregnant women, 123 unaccompanied minors and 11 younger children. They were rescued from six different rescue operations off Libya’s coast.
"However, despite them having endured the exposure to elements at sea, for over a day prior to their rescue, they are now having to sleep outside onboard the rescue boat, fragile, freezing and exhausted.
"I call on Matteo Salvini to grant this ship the ability to dock in Italy. This is not about ports and politics; this is about people. We must enable these people to disembark safely and securely.
"The international community and the EU in particular needs to ensure policies towards refugees are driven by humanitarian concerns first and foremost and are focused on saving lives."