UN officials welcome release by Somali pirates of longest-held hostages
UN says up to 300 dead in migration tragedy
EU calls for more effort to loss of life at sea
The UN refugee agency last week warned that the international community was losing its focus on saving lives amid confusion among coastal nations and regional blocs over how to respond to the growing number of people making risky sea journeys in search of asylum or migration.
ICS called on governments to address the growing refugee and migrant crisis in the Mediterranean
IMO, UN in joint statement on protection at sea in the 21st century
The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said it was deeply saddened at a rising death toll from boat accidents in the Mediterranean Sea this year as increasing numbers of asylum-seekers and refugees make the journey on unseaworthy boats, often at the hands of ruthless smugglers.
IMO, ICS and UNHCR have joinlty prepared a leaflet to provide guidance on relevant legal provisions, and on practicalprocedures to ensure the prompt disembarkation of survivors of rescue operations, and measures to meet their specific needs, particularly in the case of refugees and asylum-seekers.
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