Italy Charges Humanitarians Who Helped Rescue Refugees

By Democracy Now

HAVANA TIMES – In Italy, dozens of humanitarian aid workers have been charged with complicity in human smuggling. They saved thousands of refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean as they attempted to reach European soil.

The charges are against over 20 humanitarian aid workers, with groups including Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children. They come after a four-year investigation by the Italian government, which in recent years has increasingly criminalized both refugees and rescuers.

The charges carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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