EU should do more to help refugees: rights group Max Slater at 8:59 AM ET
[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] the EU to allow migrants and asylum seekers to find refuge in Europe. HRW's statement comes in the wake of a tragedy earlier this month in which hundreds of migrants drowned on their way from Libya to Italy [AP report]. In its statement, HRW criticized the EU for focusing too much on sealing its borders at the expense of migrants and asylum-seekers:
Though framed in terms of saving lives, many of the proposed policy responses reflect the EU's preoccupation with preventing departure and barring entry. ... These responses have brought to the fore longstanding disputes among Mediterranean EU member countries about responsibilities for rescue operations, for determining where those rescued may land, and for processing migrants and asylum seekers.
HRW also urged EU leaders to aid refugees from Syria who are fleeing a civil war [JURIST backgrounder].
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