A commercial ship saved 27 migrants, but now the EU has abandoned it at sea

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U N humanitarian have launched an alert over the plight of migrants rescued by a cargo ship in the Mediterranean Sea which has not been given permission to take them to a European port. The Group of twenty seven people is set to be distraught amid worsening conditions according to the UN Migration Agency. And the UN refugee agency UNHCR it said that they include a child and a pregnant woman and that they've been on board the Maersk at ten for more than a month governments have been refusing permission for the ship to disembark in contravention of international law. The UN agencies said in a joint statement, the absence of a clear safe and predictable disembarkation mechanism for people rescued in the Mediterranean continues to pose avoidable risk to life said our director general Antonio Vitorino echoing his comments. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi insisted that rescue at sea is a basic humanitarian imperative and that the mask crew unfulfilled them our time obligations and prevented further death in the Mediterranean. The incident is the second time. This year that a merchant vessel has been stranded after caring for people rescued at sea in the Mediterranean in July Talia took four days out of its sheduled journey to care for fifty people who had to wait four days before they were allowed to disembark a safe port.

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