UN human rights chief sends team to Italy after ‘alarming’ anti-migrant violence

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Michelle Bachelet says the country’s decision to refuse entry to NGO rescue ships had ‘serious consequences’

The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, is sending teams to Italy and Austria to look into protection of migrants after what she called an “alarming escalation of attacks” against asylum seekers and Roma people.

In her maiden speech to the UN human rights council on Monday, in Geneva, Bachelet said: “Italy’s decision to close its sea ports, denying entry to NGO rescue ships, had serious consequences on the most vulnerable. Even though we are seeing a big drop in the numbers of coming from Libya over the past 12 months, the numbers of those who died during the crossing is higher in the first six months of 2018 than it was.”

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