Tripoli, 02 May, 2021 / 9:08 pm (ACI Africa).
Following the capsizing of a boat off the coast of Libya, the April 22-23 incident that left at least 130 migrants dead, the leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), has called for the setting up of mechanisms to safeguard the rights of migrants.
In their Wednesday, April 28 statement, CI officials say it is “the indifference and lack of political will that led to the deaths” of the migrants.
“The confederation calls for mechanisms to be put in place to protect the rights and dignity of migrants along their journey, to ensure safe and legal migration routes, and to intensify support to local communities in the countries of origin so that people are not forced to migrate,” CI officials say.
They add, “As media attention for the tragedy begins to wane, as it always does, Caritas Internationalis is sounding the alarm with its appeal to keep attention focused on the drama of migrants and to ensure that international outrage is followed by concrete actions.”
“We cannot continue to look the other way or to witness the sad and ignoble scenario of governments passing the responsibility to each other to the detriment of human lives, the value of which seems non-existent today,” the Secretary-General of CI, Aloysius John, has been quoted as saying in the report.