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The United Nations is calling for the immediate disembarkation of the more than 400 migrants currently stranded in the Mediterranean

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have called for the immediate disembarkation of the more than 400 migrants on the Danish oil tanker “Maersk Etienne” and on the rescue ships “Louise Michel” and Sea-Watch 4 ‘, which in a situation of increasing urgency in the central Mediterranean basin continue to be denied a safe haven.

“The humanitarian need to save lives should not be punished or stigmatized, especially if no special efforts are made by the state,” both organizations said in a joint statement.

“The lack of agreement on a regional disembarkation mechanism, long requested by the IOM and UNHCR, is no excuse for denying vulnerable people safe haven and the assistance they need under international law,” they add.

The United Nations is calling for the immediate disembarkation of the more than 400 migrants currently stranded in the Mediterranean
The United Nations is calling for the immediate disembarkation of the more than 400 migrants currently stranded in the Mediterranean

In addition to the 219 people on board the ship ‘Louise Michel’ financed by the street artist Banksy, both agencies mention 27 migrants who have been trapped in the Danish tanker ‘Maersk Etienne’ for more than three weeks, and more than 200 migrants on board the German rescue ship ‘Sea -Watch 4 ‘.

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