The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Chamber of Sea (ICS) requested the “immediate” disembarkation of the 27 people who remain “trapped” on board the tanker ‘Maersk Etienne’ this Monday ‘off the coast of Malta.
The ship rescued the migrants on August 5, but no country has approved docking in the past month, creating a desperate situation on board. The company, which has already reported supply problems, warned on Sunday that three people had jumped into the sea.
UNHCR, IOM and ICS have issued a statement recalling that the refusal to disembark is a violation of international law, adding that in this particular case the crew of the ‘Etienne’ are unwilling to accept those who claim them need to offer medical assistance. . Within the group there is a boy and a pregnant woman.
IOM Director General António Vitorino lamented “the lack of a clear, safe and predictable mechanism for the people rescued in the Mediterranean” as this is not the first time a merchant ship has been caught in what the organizations call a “diplomatic game ” describe.