World Bulletin/News Desk
“EU leaders should move beyond expressions of regret and commit to concrete actions to help prevent more deaths of migrants at sea,” said Judith Sunderland, acting deputy Western Europe director at Human Rights Watch, on Wednesday.
New proposals for increased monitoring of the Mediterranean need to focus on saving lives, rather than barring entry to the EU, Sunderland stressed.
The European Commission created a task force to study boat migration following the October 3 tragedy and the European Parliament is expected to adopt a resolution on the issue on October 24.
At least 300 people were killed on October 3 when a boat carrying as many as 500 illegal migrants capsized off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.