Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station rescued over 300 migrants, including women and children, who were trying to reach Italy. Meanwhile the country is calling on other European countries to take more refugees.
DW spoke with John Dalhuisen, Amnesty's director for Europe and Central Asia, about the allegations that the EU has been complicit in the abuse of migrants in Libya.
Rights group Amnesty International has accused EU governments of supporting migrant abuse in Libya. Echoing previous reports, it found widespread abuse of migrants in Libya by the government, smugglers and armed groups.
Fresh tensions have flared up over a controversial scheme to move thousands of refugees across European Union countries. One senior official compared talks on the divisive issue to "fighting trench warfare."
Alexander Downer, Australia's High Commissioner to the UK, defends his country's hard line on refugees and asylum seekers in an exclusive interview with DW.
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