Dozens of people took part in the protest, organised to commemorate World Refugee Day. Before the boats arrived, some participants placed life jackets on the quay in memory of over 60 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean last month.
“By preventing migrants and refugees at all costs from reaching the coasts of Europe, particularly by building the capacity of the Libyan coastguards, the governments of EU member States condemn thousands of human beings to a cruel choice: death by drowning or torture in Libya,” said Philippe Hensman, director of the Francophone Belgian section of Amnesty International.
Amnesty called for an end to these policies “with catastrophic consequences” and addressed a new petition to the Prime Minister urging Belgium to use its influence within the European Union to ensure that no cooperation that leads to human rights violations is established. It also insisted on the need to guarantee respect for the human rights of migrants prior to the conclusion of any agreement with third countries.