The Italy shipwreck, a tragedy that took the life of at least 110 African immigrants on Thursday, has put Italy under scrutiny today. According to the ABC News on Oct. 4, a Dutch lawmaker is calling for Italy to investigate claims that boats in the area ignored the sinking boat's calls for help due to the country’s strong position on immigrants.
If this is a case this tragedy turns into a travesty against the human race. It is hard to believe that civilized people would ignore a boat full of people about to go under.
Some provisions in the Italian law “effectively dissuade” boat captains from helping migrants in distress, said Socialist Tineke Strik, according to the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly. Strik insisted no law should stop anyone from rescuing people in danger of losing their lives.
Questions about the European Union’s immigration policy popped up quickly after these shipwrecked people were left to fend for themselves as their boat went down taking over 100 lives with it. The boats in the area did not answer the calls for help from the doomed boat.
Strik’s report on migrant deaths was brought to the council last year. The council is Europe’s leading human rights body, based in Strasbourg, France.