Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nato and Eurolet 63 Libyan refugees starve to death on boat cast adrift in Mediterranean', After distress calls went unanswered for days

Dozens of refugees fleeing war-torn Libya on a boat were 'left to die' after they were cast adrift and their distress calls went unanswered for days, a damning report has revealed.

Nato warships and European coastguards were blamed for a series of errors which contributed to the deaths of 63 African migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in May 2011.

Only nine survived as the vessel, which set sail from Tripoli, ran into trouble and was left floating for two weeks before it was washed back up onto Libya's shores.

Emergency calls were issued, and the boat's location was noted and identified by European coastguards. But astoundingly a rescue mission was not launched.

The victims died from thirst and starvation, a nine-month investigation by human rights watchdog the Council of Europe also discovered. Read More