Italy faults U.N. rights chief remarks on migrants

Italy relocates rescued migrants to EU states

Italy has rejected remarks by U.N. Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, on its treatment of migrants as “inappropriate, unfounded, unjust”.

The foreign ministry, in a long and sharply worded statement on Tuesday, was responding to a speech in which Bachelet criticized Italy for denying entry to NGO rescue ships and announced the dispatching of a U.N. team to investigate a “sharp increase in acts of violence and racism against migrants.”

Agency Report