UN agency decries return of boat with 49 people to Libya
Jennifer Rankin in Brussels
A United Nations agency has voiced alarm after a migrant boat stranded in Maltese waters carrying 49 people was returned to Libya, where hundreds have gone missing since the start of the year.
The International Organization for Migration said it was “alarmed by this apparent breach of international law”, after the wooden boat was sent back to Libya on Sunday. Returning vulnerable people to Libya would breach a cornerstone of international law, against returning asylum seekers back to countries where they risk persecution, a principle known as non-refoulement.
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