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Should Italian government just ports close?

‘Life rescue is a duty, but it is not mandatory to Italy in one large refugee camp to change it’, answered Matteo Salvini via Twitter. Italy, lifeboats, just the access to the country to deny it?

Matteo Salvini, head of the radical right-wing Lega and recently the Italian minister of the Interior, is clear. Boats of humanitarian organisations that boat people at sea …

Matteo Salvini, head of the radical right-wing Lega and recently the Italian minister of the Interior, is clear. Boats of humanitarian organisations that boat people at sea, interception, are no longer welcome in Italian ports.

‘Life rescue is a duty, but it is not mandatory to Italy in one large refugee camp to change it’, answered Matteo Salvini via Twitter. The new minister and deputy prime minister points out that except for the Aquarius, a second ship, Sea Watch 3, for the Libyan coast guard to the Mediterranean Sea to cross. “It is a ship of a German ngo, which sails under the Dutch flag, but the immigrants in Italy wants to drop off. Italy bends is no longer the head, to sit, to obey. This time we say no, ” says Salvini.

Why the minister shall take that position?

During his election campaign pointed Salvini consistently on the lack of European solidarity with the vluchtelingenvraagstuk that every spring and again in Italy itself. With its coastline over North Africa and Italy in the ‘firing line’ for hundreds of boats with thousands of passengers, that is an expensive ticket to buy for the perilous crossing to Europe.

Salvini points out that Europe country fast with the finger pointing when Rome’s economic and budgetary obligations is likely to be negligible. At the same time jumps ‘Brussels’ is hardly what the assistance or the reallocation of boat people. That reasoning can be found in the elections of 4 march resonates with a significant group of Italian voters. The Lega obtained then 17 percent.

As Salvini announces that the ports remain shut for the rescue boats of humanitarian organizations, continues to the Lega-bearing, therefore, a key electoral promise of fidelity. The lifeboat Aquarius Italy not to be admitted, is a strong signal to the outside world: Rome is a new government in power.

Should Italy actually, there are ports close for rescue boats with boat people on board?

The law of the sea and the Italian constitution are clear: solidarity with those in distress is an obligation. International law obliges countries to the authorities had of ships under their national flag, to render assistance to those who are at sea in life-threatening danger. The captains are also obliged the competent authorities about which emergency to inform, the rescued passengers are the first concern to bring them to a safe place. Seafarers in need, not help inflicting on the sea, is therefore a criminal offence in Italy. To the extent that the rules that apply at sea.

A coastal state has indeed the sovereign right to a boat, the access to its ports to refuse. The international rules of maritime law do not expressly require that states be required to boats with the rescued castaways in their ports. But that Italy offers still not guaranteed safe passage to its ports closed to boat people. If Italy migrants requiring urgent medical care, or food or drink in need of assistance, and denies, violates, inter alia, the European Convention for the protection of Human rights. A group of people to deny access, amounts to a collective refusal to their asylum application to consider, and that is a violation of the Geneva convention on refugees.

Will the new Italian government requires the support of the people?

About that the Italians are becoming more and more divided. For many years, they show themselves rather in solidarity with the many boat refugees in Italy as well. Italy has a lot of aid organizations for refugees, the Church is very active in that area, and especially in the South of Italy jump also a lot of citizens in where you can. Not coincidentally, protested the mayors of several South Italian cities – Palermo to Naples, and Taranto, Messina and Reggio Calabria – against the Italian governmental decision to the lifeboat Aquarius the access to Italy to refuse.

At the same time follow a lot of Italians Matteo Salvini also called, when the lack of European solidarity denounces. Therefore, scored the Lega first as well in the parliamentary elections of march, and that is why the radical right-wing party since well, for each new regional election in Italy.

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