Picking up migrants at sea should be crime, says Dutch party
The Dutch registered Sea Watch 3 vessel has been the focus of much controversy recently. A Dutch party has denounced NGO's for picking up migrants at sea.
Published: July 7, 2019, 12:23 pm
Dutch Coalition party the VVD has proposed to make it a crime to pick up migrants at sea, despite international treaties maintaining that it should be an obligation under any circumstances.
The plan has a working majority in parliament, thanks to the support of cabinet partner the Christian Democrats (CDA) and the opposition PVV, FvD and SGP, according to Dutch daily the NRC.
However, the two smaller coalition parties, D66 and the ChristenUnie, are strongly opposed to the move.
The issue has become a bone of contention in the Netherlands because of the Dutch-registered vessel Sea Watch 3’s role in picking up migrants from human traffickers off the coast of Libya. The migrants try to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa with the help of smugglers.
This week the German captain of the Sea Watch 3, Carola Rackete, was cleared by an Italian judge of assisting illegal migration despite her illegal actions. She was arrested after landing in Sicily with a group of migrants, but the judge said she was fulfilling her “duty to save human lives”.
The 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea established a duty for vessels to offer assistance to people and other ships in distress on the high seas. However, VVD MP Jeroen van Wijngaarden said he wanted the law to ensure that rescue missions were not used to facilitate human trafficking.
Sea-Watch3 skipper Carola Rackete meanwhile has accused Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of breaching human rights with his policy of closing ports to NGO run migrant rescue ships. Her accusations were leveled in an interview published on Saturday by German weekly Der Spiegel.
“Salvini’s policy violated human rights: his way of expressing himself is disrespectful, it is not appropriate for a high-level politician,” she said after the minister branded her a rich Communist “scamp”.
The crew of the Sea-Watch3, she added, sent daily medical reports on the condition of the 42 rescued migrants, also to the Italian rescue centre in Rome, “but no one listened, no one responded”.
Rackete’s lawyer said on Friday the German NGO captain was set to sue Salvini for instigating crimes after he called her release “disgraceful”.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
Scheveningen The Dutch town of Scheveningen has become something of the epicenter of the chaos and violence in the Netherlands. Enforcement personnel have been beaten with batons, and on the pier, people are shot and stabbed. There have already been several deaths.
The latest judgment by the European Court of Justice (file number C-517/17 ), which was published on July 16, received little media attention. This decision calls into question the European asylum system.
Despite a long period of lock-down nearly all over the world, the speed of geopolitical processes have not slowed down, nor have the attempts to reflect and analyze them through documentaries and movies based on true stories.
WarsawEven if the political debate over The Istanbul Convention is also a uniquely Polish debate about the conservative orientation of the country's domestic politics, the criticism against this Convention is more than justified.
BordeauxAfter he was attacked and stripped of his belongings by an organised gang, a Bordeaux journalist gave a distraught view of his city, which he says he no longer recognizes. Residents report thefts and violent attacks on a daily basis. The mayor is worried about a "climate emergency" however.
BörlangeThe Somali taxi driver in the Swedish town of Borlänge who ran down a group of pedestrians recently, wanted to take revenge on his intended victim because the person had reported him for child molestation.
In May, the immigrant Bekim Dzelili was initially sentenced by the district court to 13 years in prison and deportation for life. He was found guilty of repeated aggravated child rape, the aggravated sexual abuse of a child, assault and unlawful threats. But the Swedish Court of Appeal has since reduced his prison sentence by one year and has canceled the deportation - the perpetrator may remain in Sweden because he has a "weak connection to his home country".
RomeImages of an illegal migrant landing that took place on 28 July on the most popular beach among shocked tourists and holiday makers, was broadcast by Italian CorriereTV. But the government is instead concerned about the politician who had tried to stop these illegal landings.
Sweden used to be a 'model society'. But no more.
MunichThe two large churches in Germany have drawn a positive interim assessment of the 2015 wave of migrants. Around half of those who came at the time are being trained or have jobs today, said the Council President of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm.