EU reported to Hague court over migrant deaths

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

Rome – The European Union and member States in the front line of the migrant crisis, Italy, Germany and France, have been reported to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over the thousands of migrants who have drowned in the Mediterranean, sources said Monday.

The Guardian reported that former ICC staffer Juan Branco and Israeli lawyer Omer Shatz were the main authors of a 245-page complaint filed at the Dutch-based court.

The EU and member States should be prosecuted for the deaths of thousands of migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean fleeing Libya, according to the detailed legal submission to the ICC.

The 245-page document calls for punitive action over the EU’s deterrence-based migration policy after 2014, which allegedly “intended to sacrifice the lives of migrants in distress at sea, with the sole objective of dissuading others in similar situation from seeking safe haven in Europe”.

The indictment is aimed at the EU and the member states that played a prominent role in the refugee crisis: Italy, Germany and France.



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