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The organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) has on the European Union (EU) to immediately on the refugee situation in the Mediterranean Sea. The call the latest tragedy that saw at least 700 migrants in an attempt to flee from their troubled homelands and reach Europe. This the death toll to over 1,000 in the past week. HRW spokesperson Judith Sunderland said: "The EU is by with arms crossed while hundreds die off its shores. These deaths might well have been if the EU had a genuine search-and-rescue effort." Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi out Libya as the key problem and said efforts should on refugee boats leaving Libyan ports.

The 28-member EU is under fire from within over its policy to down efforts to save lives at sea. Divisions last year when the EU its search-and-rescue budget by two-thirds. Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, said: "Europe can do more and Europe must do more. It a shame and a confession of failure how many countries away from responsibility." Maltese PM Joseph Muscat : "We will all be judged in the same way that history has Europe when it a blind eye to the genocide of this century and last century." Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy said: "This is the umpteenth time we of yet another human tragedy in the Mediterranean….Words won't any more."

 
 

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