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Deflagging of refugee rescue ship a 'dark moment' for Europe

Report by Human Rights at Sea says revoking of Aquarius’s flag sets precedent for states to ignore international humanitarian law

The deflagging of the Aquarius, the last migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean, represents a “dark moment” in European history, setting a dangerous precedent for states to flout international humanitarian laws.

A report by the charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) cited “inconsistencies in reasoning” given by Gibraltar and Panama for revoking the flag of Aquarius, which it said had acted transparently.

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