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Parliamentary questions
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19 March 2019
Question for written answer P-001400-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D)

 Subject:  Refusal to let refugees disembark at EU ports
 Answer in writing 

In the past few months, Italy and other Member States have closed their ports to vessels carrying refugees from various African countries, including Eritrea, whose nationals require international protection. This is an unprecedented measure that is in contravention of a number of national, European and international laws in that it is preventing the rescue of people who are clearly in need of help.

Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights prohibits inhuman and degrading treatment, especially where children or vulnerable persons are involved. Furthermore, preventing people from disembarking means that individual asylum procedures cannot be carried out, which is a breach of the Geneva Convention, the EU acquis on asylum, and the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (the Hamburg Convention of 1979), under which people who have been rescued must be disembarked at a safe harbour. With that in mind:
1. Does the Commission take the view that the practices referred to above are consistent with EC law and international law in general?
2. If not, what specific steps is it intending to take to rule this out?
Original language of question: ES 
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