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Italy: Migrant Rescue Ship Impounded

Expand Proactiva’s rescue ship Open Arms on mission in November 2017.  © 2017 Pau Coll   (Milan) – Italy has impounded a rescue ship and threatened criminal charges against two members of its crew and the founder of the organization after they refused to turn migrants over to Libyan forces, fearing that they would be abused, Human Rights Watch said today.   On March 18, 2018, an Italian prosecutor in Catania, Sicily, impounded the Spanish rescue group Proactiva’s ship Open Arms and is considering levelling charges of criminal association for the purposes of facilitating irregular migration…

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