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1/. Today, the captain of the #SeaWatch3 rescue ship, #CarolaRackete, has been in court. She was arrested in Italy.

Her “crime”?

Docking in Lampedusa, in order to disembark 42 men, women & children who had fled from Libya & had been stranded in the Mediterranean for 17 days.
2/. Saving lives at sea & taking them to safe place is a legal duty under intn'l &
Italian law.

Lampedusa was the closest safe port.

5 EU countries had agreed to take the people on board.

They'd been at sea for 17 days.

Libya is not a safe country. apnews.com/43eb47c8ce6b49…
3/. This is the first time #Italy's newest hardline migration laws have been tested.

Last year, ports were closed to NGO rescue vessels & this month, a new bill on security & immigration - dubbed the “Salvini Decree” after @matteosalvinimi - was adopted.
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