Italy to start fining NGOs that rescue migrants at sea
A decree adopted by the Italian government would force non-governmental organizations to pay between €10,000 and €50,000 for transporting rescued migrants to Italian ports.
Apart from that, the decree authorizes the requisition of the vessels of rescuers who repeatedly dock without authorization. The fines would be payable by the captain, the operator and the owner of the rescue ship.
The decree allows police to investigate possible migrant trafficking operations by going undercover. It also makes it easier to eavesdrop electronically on suspected people smugglers. Other sections of the decree impose stricter punishments on rioters and violent football fans.
The decree has already been criticized by the United Nations and the office of the Italian president.