Respect rights, even on the high seas

The EU’s external borders agency should not have the power to deny people their basic human rights

A European coastguard ship participating in a Frontex operation spots a small motorboat in the Mediterranean. It is still in international waters but moving toward Maltese waters. The people on board – crammed together in too small a space, creating too much weight for the small boat – have been travelling for days exposed to the elements and are running out of food and water. They are young men looking for a better life, unaccompanied children, and women being trafficked to Europe: they are people of all ages fleeing persecution and conflict. 

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