NGO Med tensions

New rules drawn up by Italy likely to bring NGOs under coast guard control, which they fear will hamper rescue attempts.

Italian plan to curb Mediterranean rescue boat charities ‘threatens lives’

Diplomatic editor

Charities that rescue migrants and refugees from the Mediterranean have reacted angrily to plans to make them subject to a new code of conduct drawn up by Italyand endorsed by other EU countries.

The move is likely to bring them under the control of the Libyan and Italian coast guards, which might constrain their ability to save passengers from overcrowded and unseaworthy smuggling boats.

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