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Libyan Coastguards intercept 80 refugees after harassing rescuers for days

RESCUERS witnessed the EU-supported Libyan Coastguards snatch around 80 refugees in the central Mediterranean today, and force them back to Libya. The rescue ships Louise Michel and Humanity 1 saved the lives of over 100 people from a severely overcrowded rubber boat in international waters around 7am local time this morning. The crews worked togetherContinue reading “Libyan Coastguards intercept 80 refugees after harassing rescuers for days”

Refugees trapped at Poland-Belarus border are freezing, starving and sick, some are being sexually abused by border guards, activists say

Meanwhile, rescues resume in the Mediterranean despite Libyan Coastguard’s efforts to stop them PEOPLE trapped at the Poland-Belarus border are suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, hypothermia, frost bite and worse, some are even being sexually abused by border guards on both sides, activists warned today. Grupa Granica, a Polish human rights and medical aid group, andContinue reading “Refugees trapped at Poland-Belarus border are freezing, starving and sick, some are being sexually abused by border guards, activists say”

Rescuers relieved after France provides port, but angered by ‘dire ordeal’ they have been put through

Three-week journey almost over for the 230 remaining survivors aboard the Ocean Viking IT WAS with a mixture of relief and anger that rescuers welcomed the news today that they had finally been given permission to disembark over 200 refugees in a safe port. The Ocean Viking rescue ship is heading to Toulon, southern France,Continue reading “Rescuers relieved after France provides port, but angered by ‘dire ordeal’ they have been put through”

Rescuers vow to continue saving lives in the Mediterranean after Italy ends four-day stand-off

RESCUERS vowed to continue their life-saving mission in the central Mediterranean today after Italy finally allowed the 250 people stuck aboard two civilian-run ships to come ashore. The Humanity 1 and Geo Barents rescue ships had been left in limbo in the port of Catania on the island of Sicily since Saturday. The Italian authoritiesContinue reading “Rescuers vow to continue saving lives in the Mediterranean after Italy ends four-day stand-off”

Italy’s far-right government accused of causing further harm to the traumatised refugees on two rescue ships

• Survivors on the Humanity 1 and Geo Barents begin hunger strike in protest against government’s mistreatment • Mission Lifeline disembarks 95 people in southern Italy • Ocean Viking declares emergency and heads to France • Inadequate translations postpone Iuventa pretrial again ITALY’S far-right government is causing further harm to people already traumatised, human rightsContinue reading “Italy’s far-right government accused of causing further harm to the traumatised refugees on two rescue ships”

Rescuers launch legal action against Italy’s far-right government after it refuses to allow all survivors to come ashore

Humanity 1 and Geo Barents left waiting in port with survivors still on board as over 300 refugees remain at sea on the Rise Above and Ocean Viking AN ACTIVIST-RUN search-and-rescue organisation announced today that it is taking legal action again the Italian government after it refused to allow 35 people rescued in the MediterraneanContinue reading “Rescuers launch legal action against Italy’s far-right government after it refuses to allow all survivors to come ashore”

Rescuers call on France, Spain and Greece for help as Italy continues to deny safety to 985 refugees

Meanwhile, the Rise Above saves 77 more lives in the Mediterranean as Sea-Watch proclaims new ship a ‘strong symbol against fascism’ RESCUERS called on the maritime authorities in France, Spain and Greece for help today as Italy and Malta continued to refuse to deny safety to 985 people on three NGO ships off their coasts.Continue reading “Rescuers call on France, Spain and Greece for help as Italy continues to deny safety to 985 refugees”

Italian and Maltese authorities refuse to allow over 980 people to come ashore

The Ocean Viking, Humanity 1 and Geo Barents rescue ships are kept waiting days after rescues OVER 980 people, including hundreds of children, on three activist-run rescue ships have been waiting for days for the Italian maritime authorities to allow them to come ashore. The three ships — the Humanity 1, the Ocean Viking, andContinue reading “Italian and Maltese authorities refuse to allow over 980 people to come ashore”

Louise Michel rescuers forced to attempt port entry without permission after three guests throw themselves overboard

Meanwhile, the Nadir saves the lives of 120 people in the central Mediterranean while Alarm Phone warns 100 others are in danger off the coast of Libya RESCUERS were forced to try to enter an Italian port without permission this morning after some of the 48 people they rescued threw themselves overboard and tried toContinue reading “Louise Michel rescuers forced to attempt port entry without permission after three guests throw themselves overboard”

European authorities ignore Louise Michel’s calls for a port of safety

Crew member tells The Civil Fleet that tensions could rise as the 48 rescued wait for three days while the Italian coastguards saves others EUROPEAN maritime authorities have ignored at least three requests made by the crew of an activist-run refugee rescue ship that is within sight of land. The Louise Michel, a rescue shipContinue reading “European authorities ignore Louise Michel’s calls for a port of safety”

Humanity 1 finally assigned a port, but rescuers warn the 42-hour journey to get there will push the survivors and crew to the limit

Meanwhile, the Open Arms Uno now carries over 400 survivors and the corpse of a 20-year-old Eritrean man THE Humanity 1 rescue ship has finally been assigned a port of safety after spending close to two weeks at sea. “Last night, the 398 rescued on the Humanity 1 were assigned Taranto, Italy as a safeContinue reading “Humanity 1 finally assigned a port, but rescuers warn the 42-hour journey to get there will push the survivors and crew to the limit”

Humanity 1 running out of food, water and medical supplies for 398 refugees

European authorities ignore crew’s 16 calls for a port to disembark the rescued AN ACTIVIST-RUN rescue ship carrying over 390 survivors in the central Mediterranean is running out of water, food, medical supplies and baby milk powder, the crew warned today after their 16th call to the European maritime authorities went unanswered. The situation aboardContinue reading “Humanity 1 running out of food, water and medical supplies for 398 refugees”

Rescuers race towards 207 people stranded for days without food, water, or help from the European authorities

The Humanity 1, which changed course yesterday and is nearing the boat’s last known position, is already carrying 208 survivors AN ACTIVIST-RUN refugee rescue ship is racing towards a boat carrying about 207 people* adrift in the central Mediterranean for over a week, and without food or water or assistance from the authorities for days.Continue reading “Rescuers race towards 207 people stranded for days without food, water, or help from the European authorities”

UNHCR official accused of ‘victim blaming’ the mothers of missing refugees in the Mediterranean

ACTIVISTS accused a United Nation’s refugee agency (UNHCR) official of “victim blaming” today after he took to social media to criticise the mothers of missing migrants and refugees. In Tunisia today, human rights activists and civil society organisations took part in a commemorative protest, or “CommemorAction,” with relatives of the thousands of people that haveContinue reading “UNHCR official accused of ‘victim blaming’ the mothers of missing refugees in the Mediterranean”

Seven years since Alan Kurdi’s tragic death, the Mediterranean and Aegean seas have become a mass graveyard

Activist tell The Civil Fleet how the situation for the people at Fortress Europe’s walls has only got worse since the two-year-old boy’s lifeless body was seen across the world IN THE seven years since the tragic death of the two-year-old Syrian-Kurdish boy Alan Kurdi, the Mediterranean and Aegean seas have become a mass graveyard,Continue reading “Seven years since Alan Kurdi’s tragic death, the Mediterranean and Aegean seas have become a mass graveyard”

Malta abandons 80 people in distress in its search-and-rescue area

The island nation orders merchant vessel not to help them. Meanwhile, over 700 rescued refugees on two NGO ships wait for land MALTA has abandoned about 60 to 80 people stranded within in its Mediterranean search-and-rescue (SAR) area today and ordered a merchant vessel not to help them, activists have warned. Alarm Phone, an activistContinue reading “Malta abandons 80 people in distress in its search-and-rescue area”

Greece and Turkey abandon Syrian refugees trapped on island for over a week

Both countries refuse to take responsibility for around 70 people in distress, and claim the island is not their territory THE governments of Greece and Turkey ignored calls today to launch an urgent rescue of Syrian refugees trapped for over a week on an islet in the river that separates the two countries. About 70Continue reading “Greece and Turkey abandon Syrian refugees trapped on island for over a week”

Refugees attempt to jump overboard as European authorities leave them stranded at sea for over a week

MSF, SOS Mediterranean and Sea-Watch call on European states to resume search-and-rescue missions as thousands continue to flee Libya TWO refugees aboard an NGO ship have attempted to throw themselves into the Mediterranean Sea, their rescuers said today as the European authorities fail to act on 13 requests for a safe port. The Geo Barents,Continue reading “Refugees attempt to jump overboard as European authorities leave them stranded at sea for over a week”

Europe ignored refugee rescuers’ Mayday calls, activists say

110 people are now cramped aboard the Astral after their boat capsized. With no food or water, the ship sails for Lampedusa THE AUTHORITIES ignored Mayday calls sent by two activist-run refugee rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea last night as they struggled in the dark to pull 110 people from the water. Two sailingContinue reading “Europe ignored refugee rescuers’ Mayday calls, activists say”

EU Commission Vice President claims Europe always open to people fleeing war and persecution

Rescuers cast serious doubts on Margaritis Schinas’s dubious assertion at the World Economic Forum today THE European Commission’s vice president Margaritis Schinas raised eyebrows today when he claimed that Europe will “always be an asylum destination” for refugees. Mr Schinas was speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — where billionaire barons andContinue reading “EU Commission Vice President claims Europe always open to people fleeing war and persecution”

Activists save 64 refugees, a day after preventing the Libyan coastguard from intercepting 75 others

SOS Mediterranee’s Ocean Viking rescue ship now carries almost 300 survivors ACTIVISTS saved the lives of another 64 people in the central Mediterranean today, a day after they prevented the EU-supported Libyan coastguards from intercepting over 70 refugees. Today’s rescue was carried out in a joint operation by the Astral, Nadir and Imara monitoring shipsContinue reading “Activists save 64 refugees, a day after preventing the Libyan coastguard from intercepting 75 others”

‘The real crime is the EU’s border regime’, activists say as refugees and rescue workers prepare to go to court

‘The duty to save lives at sea is being put on trial’, Amnesty International warns ahead of Iuventa pretrial. Meanwhile, 500 survivors on the Geo Barents still wait for dry land TWO refugees and 21 rescue workers are due to appear in court this week charged with people smuggling, but the real crime is theContinue reading “‘The real crime is the EU’s border regime’, activists say as refugees and rescue workers prepare to go to court”

One-year-old baby and 294 refugees still waiting to be allowed to come ashore 8 days after rescue

The maritime authorities ignore the Ocean Viking’s 10 requests for a port of safety A ONE-YEAR-OLD baby is among 295 refugees aboard a charity-operated rescue ship that is still waiting for a safe port eight days after they were saved from a watery grave. The Ocean Viking rescue ship has been sailing in the centralContinue reading “One-year-old baby and 294 refugees still waiting to be allowed to come ashore 8 days after rescue”

131 refugee lives saved as further evidence of Mediterranean pushbacks emerge

Meanwhile, in Britain, campaigners launch legal challenge against government’s ‘medieval-style Rwanda banishment’ plans ACTIVIST rescuers saved a further 131 people in the central Mediterranean today, as more signs of illegal refugee pushbacks were discovered. The activist-run Ocean Viking rescue ship carried out what it described as a difficult operation in three-metre high waves in theContinue reading “131 refugee lives saved as further evidence of Mediterranean pushbacks emerge”

Activists celebrate ‘stunning victory’ after UK Home Office drops refugee pushback plans

ACTIVISTS celebrated “a stunning victory” today after Britain‘s Home Secretary Priti Patel abandoned her controversial plans to push refugees crossing the Channel back to France. Care4Calais, Channel Rescue, Freedom from Torture and the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union brought legal challenges against the Home Office last year opposing its proposed policy of turning backContinue reading “Activists celebrate ‘stunning victory’ after UK Home Office drops refugee pushback plans”

Activist-rescuers save the lives of 171 refugees in central Mediterranean

Meanwhile, 17 die in shipwreck off Tunisia RESCUERS have prevented 171 refugees from drowning in the central Mediterranean this weekend. European charity SOS Mediterranee announced this afternoon that the crew aboard its rescue ship Ocean Viking had picked up 70 people from a deflating rubber boat in international waters off Libya. “A Libyan patrol vesselContinue reading “Activist-rescuers save the lives of 171 refugees in central Mediterranean”

Refugee pushbacks at Greece’s borders continued unabated last year, new report finds

Mare Liberum publishes harrowing testimonies from refugees in its Pushback Report 2021 THE illegal practice of forcibly returning refugees across borders, known as pushback, continued unabated in Greece last year, an independent human rights organisation says in a report published today. The report, by Mare Liberum, a charity that monitors the Greek coastguard’s treatment ofContinue reading “Refugee pushbacks at Greece’s borders continued unabated last year, new report finds”

Malta refuses to provide safety to 106 refugees aboard the Sea-Eye 4

Meanwhile, Greece fails to act on ECHR order to rescue 34 people trapped on river island MALTA has once again refused to allow the crew of an NGO refugee rescue ship to disembark people rescued from the central Mediterranean. The Sea-Eye 4 rescue ship is currently carrying 106 people saved in four operations since Wednesday.Continue reading “Malta refuses to provide safety to 106 refugees aboard the Sea-Eye 4”

34 people stuck on islet in the Evros River for two days in need of rescue

Alarm Phone and BVMN demand Greek authorities launch rescue operation immediately ACTIVISTS have demanded that the authorities save the lives of 34 people, including six children and a pregnant woman, currently stuck on an islet in the river that separates Greece from Turkey for the last two days. The 34 people made the attempted crossingContinue reading “34 people stuck on islet in the Evros River for two days in need of rescue”

Refugees in Libya highlight injustice of EU opening up borders to white people but not them

REFUGEES stuck in Libya have hit out at European governments’ treatment of non-white refugees following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. At least 368,000 people have reached the boarders of Poland, Hungary, Romania and Moldova from Ukraine, the United Nation’s refugee agency (UNHCR) said today. Government agencies across the continent expressed solidarity with Ukrainian refugees overContinue reading “Refugees in Libya highlight injustice of EU opening up borders to white people but not them”

Christian crowdfunding website pulls far-right influencer’s ‘migrant hunter boat’ campaign following questions

A CHRISTIAN crowdfunding website has deleted a British far-right influencer’s campaign to raise funds for a “migrant hunter boat” following questions about its appropriateness. Alan Leggett, a YouTuber who goes by Active Patriot, launched his “Migrant Hunter baot [sic]” campaign on Tuesday on GiveSendGo, which describes itself as the “#1 free Christian crowdfunding site,” “aContinue reading “Christian crowdfunding website pulls far-right influencer’s ‘migrant hunter boat’ campaign following questions”

Civilian rescuers save 247 lives in less than 48 hours in the Mediterranean

CIVILIAN rescuers saved hundreds of lives in the central Mediterranean in less than 48 hours at the weekend. The Ocean Viking, a ship operated by European charity SOS Mediterranee and the International Federation of the Red Cross [IFRC], is now carrying 247 survivors after completing a fifth rescue operation today. The IFRC said today thatContinue reading “Civilian rescuers save 247 lives in less than 48 hours in the Mediterranean”

Tactical police unit tear gasses housing activists and refugees from an empty tower block in Calais

AN ELITE tactical unit of the French police launched a rooftop raid on an empty residential tower building in Calais today, using stun grenades to clear out activists who had been providing shelter for refugees this past week. In scenes resembling Holywood cinema or the Grand Theft Auto video game series, the Search, Assistance, InterventionContinue reading “Tactical police unit tear gasses housing activists and refugees from an empty tower block in Calais”

CommemorActions across the world remember those killed by journeys across borders

Refugees in Libya’s detention camps begin hunger strike in protest against their treatment A SERIES of commemorative protests, or “CommemorActions,” were held across the world this weekend in remembrance of those who have died, gone missing or forcibly disappeared on their journeys across borders. Activists joined friends and families of the dead and missing inContinue reading “CommemorActions across the world remember those killed by journeys across borders”

Fifa boss suggests biennial World Cups could ‘give hope to Africans so they don’t need to cross the Mediterranean’

While Gianni Infantino spoke at the Council of Europe, 439 refugees on the Geo Barents wait for Europe to let them come ashore, and Poland begins border wall construction FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s suggested today that hosting the World Cup every two years instead of every four would help prevent refugees from crossing the Mediterranean.Continue reading “Fifa boss suggests biennial World Cups could ‘give hope to Africans so they don’t need to cross the Mediterranean’”

The lives of seven refugees could have been saved had the authorities acted earlier, activists say

Meanwhile, over 400 refugees on board the Geo Barents wait for Europe to finally allow them to come ashore THE DEATHS of seven refugees in the Mediterranean could have been prevented had the authorities arrived earlier, civilian rescuers charged today. The authorities were first alerted to a boat in distress carrying what was later confirmedContinue reading “The lives of seven refugees could have been saved had the authorities acted earlier, activists say”

A response from the UNHCR on the situation outside its community day care centre in Tripoli

FOLLOWING the publication of yesterday’s story on the situation outside the UNHCR’s community day care (CDC) centre in Tripoli, the agency sent The Civil Fleet the following response. It was too long to include in the original article, which you can read here, and therefore we post it here in its entirety. [THE UNHCR] remainsContinue reading “A response from the UNHCR on the situation outside its community day care centre in Tripoli”

Stranded refugees in Libya call for donations to aid their survival and continue protests

‘We are now exposed to kidnappings, militia attacks and extortion,’ protester says after UNHCR closes community day centre in Tripoli REFUGEES stranded in Libya’s capital city have launched a crowdfund to raise money for medicines, food and shelter, and to help them cover the costs of their continued protests against their treatment. A group ofContinue reading “Stranded refugees in Libya call for donations to aid their survival and continue protests”

Fossil fuel giant Shell and EU maritime authorities accused of complicity in Mediterranean refugee ‘pullback’

Banksy-funded rescue ship Louise Michel carries 31 refugees as Tunisian Navy sends 70 to its ‘unsafe’ country EUROPEAN maritime authorities and fossil fuel giant Shell were accused of complicity in the sending of about 70 refugees to an unsafe country today. Civilian rescuers on board the Louise Michel, a rescue ship part-funded by the elusiveContinue reading “Fossil fuel giant Shell and EU maritime authorities accused of complicity in Mediterranean refugee ‘pullback’”

Europe’s humanitarian crisis will not stop for Christmas, rescuers warn

Close to 800 refugees on the Sea-Eye 4, Ocean Viking and Geo Barents ships are in need of dry land THE humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean will not stop for Christmas, civilian rescuers carrying close to 800 refugees warned today. Three rescue ships, the Sea-Eye 4, Ocean Viking and Geo Barents, are currently operating inContinue reading “Europe’s humanitarian crisis will not stop for Christmas, rescuers warn”

Injured five-year-old boy waits for Europe to allow him to come ashore

Having spent three days cramped up on a boat in the Mediterranean, he can’t walk unaided, his rescuers say. He and over 200 refugees remain on the Sea-Eye 4 AN INJURED five-year-old boy is one of eight kids and seven pregnant women aboard a refugee rescue ship waiting for the European authorities to finally allowContinue reading “Injured five-year-old boy waits for Europe to allow him to come ashore”

‘The EU must be held accountable for the crimes it has committed against people trying to reach its borders’

Refugee turned activist YAMBIO DAVID OLIVER tells The Civil Fleet what led to the protests outside a UNHCR registration centre in Tripoli Europe must be held accountable for the human rights abuses committed against the people trying to reach safety across its borders, refugees trapped in Libya told The Civil Fleet today. A group ofContinue reading “‘The EU must be held accountable for the crimes it has committed against people trying to reach its borders’”

Choose Love: why is the charity funder quitting Calais this Christmas?

To find out, CORPORATE WATCH speaks with some who worked with the organisation and explores its links with a private equity fund that has a Tory Lord on its board THINGS will be even more desperate in Calais and Dunkirk this Christmas. Many charities working to support migrants there depend on funding from one organisation:Continue reading “Choose Love: why is the charity funder quitting Calais this Christmas?”

Activists hit out at Italy, Malta and EU after they refuse to send help to over 400 refugees from sinking boat

The Sea-Watch 4 rescue ship, now carrying 463 people, still waits to be assigned a port as a storm approaches EUROPEAN maritime authorities have refused to come to the aid of over 400 people travelling across the Mediterranean in an overcrowded boat, activists warned today. The refugee distress hotline organisation Alarm Phone first alerted theContinue reading “Activists hit out at Italy, Malta and EU after they refuse to send help to over 400 refugees from sinking boat”

Italy and Malta refuse to allow 475 rescued people to come ashore

Prominent human rights lawyers demand ICC investigate possible crimes against humanity in Libya and warn of EU’s role in the crisis BOTH Italy and Malta are refusing to allow 475 people, including many pregnant women and children, who would have drowned in the Mediterranean were it not for NGO rescuers, to reach dry land. TheContinue reading “Italy and Malta refuse to allow 475 rescued people to come ashore”

Libyan coastguard threatens to shoot and kidnap refugee rescuers

End ‘dirty partnership’ with the Libyan coastguards, Europe told after Sea-Watch 4 and its 120 rescued refugees are put in danger EUROPEAN governments have been told to end their “dirty” deal with the Libyan coastguard after it threatened to “kidnap” and then shoot at an NGO refugee rescue ship. German refugee organisation Sea-Watch today postedContinue reading “Libyan coastguard threatens to shoot and kidnap refugee rescuers”

10 more refugee lives lost on ‘the world’s deadliest migration route’

Meanwhile, three activists are to stand trial in Greece after saving thousands of lives in the Aegean Sea AT LEAST ten more refugee lives have been added to the growing number of those lost in the central Mediterranean so far this year. The international medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced on Tuesday night thatContinue reading “10 more refugee lives lost on ‘the world’s deadliest migration route’”

Greece told to drop charges against father of 6-year-old refugee who drowned while trying to cross the Aegean Sea

Meanwhile, the Ocean Viking still waits for Europe to allow 306 refugees to come ashore GREECE must drop the charges brought against the father of a six-year-old boy who died in a shipwreck in the Aegean Sea last year and another man who piloted the boat, refugee rights campaigners have demanded. The two men, knownContinue reading “Greece told to drop charges against father of 6-year-old refugee who drowned while trying to cross the Aegean Sea”

Alarm Phone and MSF save 71 refugees from sinking rubber boat

The Geo Barents rescues over 360 people having reached the Libyan SAR zone on Friday ACTIVISTS worked together today to save the lives of over 70 refugees from a deflating rubber boat in rough central Mediterranean waters. The distress hotline organisation Alarm Phone last night informed the Maltese, Italian and Libyan authorities of a rubberContinue reading “Alarm Phone and MSF save 71 refugees from sinking rubber boat”

Aita Mari’s 105 rescued refugees finally allowed to come ashore

Italy allows the ship to port in Sicily after Malta forces it to sail through stormy seas THE Aita Mari was finally granted a port today after it was forced to sail through stormy seas last night. The ship rescued 105 people within Malta’s search-and-rescue (SAR) zone on Tuesday but was left with nowhere toContinue reading “Aita Mari’s 105 rescued refugees finally allowed to come ashore”

Greek coastguard’s intentions called into question after it orders human rights monitoring ship to go back to port

Meanwhile, in the central Med, Sea-Watch 3 allowed to come ashore, but Aita Mari is kept waiting THE Greek coastguard’s intentions were called into question today after it ordered an NGO ship to sail back to port for supposedly “posing a danger” to its operations — despite not ordering the other vessels in the areaContinue reading “Greek coastguard’s intentions called into question after it orders human rights monitoring ship to go back to port”

Over 500 refugees rescued in the absence of the authorities still wait for Europe to allow them to come ashore

The Aita Mari and Sea-Watch 3 rescuers call Malta, Italy and the European Commission to comply with their own laws OVER 500 refugees saved from drowning in the central Mediterranean by activist rescuers in the absence of the European authorities are still waiting for Europe to do its duty and allow them to come ashore.Continue reading “Over 500 refugees rescued in the absence of the authorities still wait for Europe to allow them to come ashore”

EU urged to end relationship with Libyan Coastguards and resume sea rescues after Aita Mari saves 105 people in Malta’s SAR zone

Meanwhile, the Sea-Watch 3 still waits to for permission to bring its rescued ashore EU governments were urged once again today to end their relationship with the Libyan Coastguards and resume state-led rescue missions after activists rescued more refugees in Malta‘s search-and-rescue (SAR) zone this morning. The Aita Mari rescue ship saved the lives ofContinue reading “EU urged to end relationship with Libyan Coastguards and resume sea rescues after Aita Mari saves 105 people in Malta’s SAR zone”

EU ‘putting human lives at risk’ again as 34 refugees continue to wait for assistance

Malta, Italy and Germany dodge responsibility to answer the Nadir’s calls for help EUROPE’S failure to assist refugees in distress at sea came into focus again today as 34 people on board an NGO rescue ship continue to wait for the authorities to come to their aid. Last night, the Nadir, a sailing ship onContinue reading “EU ‘putting human lives at risk’ again as 34 refugees continue to wait for assistance”

No lives lost during difficult refugee rescue mission in the Mediterranean

Sea-Watch 3 saves 412 lives in waters off the coast of Libya in several operations since Sunday NO LIVES were lost during a difficult refugee rescue mission in the central Mediterranean today when a heavily overcrowded boat split in half, sending some into the water. Fortunately the well-trained crew of the Sea-Watch 3 rescue shipContinue reading “No lives lost during difficult refugee rescue mission in the Mediterranean”

International community urged ‘to suspend all agreements with Libya’ as systematic abuse of refugees continues

UNHCR ‘deeply regrets’ closing community centre as refugees gather for fifth day demanding protection WORLD governments were urged today to suspend all agreements with the Libyan government until it complies with international human rights and humanitarian laws. The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), a global network of over 200 human rights NGOs, and the LibyanContinue reading “International community urged ‘to suspend all agreements with Libya’ as systematic abuse of refugees continues”

Refugees ‘systematically subjected to a litany of abuses’ from the moment they enter Libya, new UN report warns

Sea-Watch’s reconnaissance plane convinces a merchant vessel not to abandon 70 people in the Mediterranean MIGRANTS and refugees heading to Europe are “systematically subjected to a litany of abuses” from the moment they enter Libya, the UN warned today. A fact-finding report commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council and published today states that “theContinue reading “Refugees ‘systematically subjected to a litany of abuses’ from the moment they enter Libya, new UN report warns”

686 people survive Mediterranean crossing in an overcrowded fishing boat

Meanwhile, the 60 refugees aboard the NGO ship Geo Barents are finally allowed to reach Italy eight days after they were rescued OVER 680 people crammed into a decrepit fishing vessel survived a journey across the Mediterranean last night. The Italian customs police intercepted a 15-meter-long vessel carrying 686 people four miles off the coastContinue reading “686 people survive Mediterranean crossing in an overcrowded fishing boat”

Another refugee evacuated from NGO ship as rescuers wait two days for Europe to assign them a port

Meanwhile, the Sea-Watch 4 heads to Spain for repairs after being detained in Italy since May A REFUGEE has been medically evacuated from an NGO ship, his civilian rescuers said today as they continue to wait for the European authorities to provide them with a port. The Ocean Viking saved the lives of 58 peopleContinue reading “Another refugee evacuated from NGO ship as rescuers wait two days for Europe to assign them a port”

UK Border Force boats seen practising refugee pushbacks

Channel Rescue witnesses border guards use jet skis to turn an overcrowded boat around UK BORDER Force vessels in the English Channel were seen taking part in drills today that, according to a human rights monitoring organisation, resemble the illegal practice of refugee pushbacks. Channel Rescue activists spotted the training exercise from the beach atContinue reading “UK Border Force boats seen practising refugee pushbacks”

Rescuers save the lives of 86 people at ‘the most dangerous frontier on the planet’

Meanwhile, activists blast the Greek government on anniversary of Moria fire AN NGO ship saved the lives of over 80 people in two rescue operations today, the first one occurring within hours of reaching “the most dangerous frontier on the planet.” The Astral, a ship operated by the Spanish charity Open Arms, left Syracuse onContinue reading “Rescuers save the lives of 86 people at ‘the most dangerous frontier on the planet’”

85 refugees saved, a day after rescuers witness an illegal pushback in Malta’s waters

AN NGO rescue ship has saved the lives of over 80 people off the coast of Libya, a day after witnessing an illegal pushback of refugee inside European waters. ResQ People, a ship operated by an Italian charity of the same name, announced on social media this afternoon that it found a small wooden boatContinue reading “85 refugees saved, a day after rescuers witness an illegal pushback in Malta’s waters”

Keep sending migrants back to Afghanistan, six European countries tell EU Commission

As Taliban retake the country, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Germany speak of ‘urgent need to perform voluntary and non-voluntary returns to Afghanistan’ GOVERNMENT ministers from six European countries have called on the EU leadership to continue returning migrants to Afghanistan — even as the religious extremist Taliban group’s forces retake large swathesContinue reading “Keep sending migrants back to Afghanistan, six European countries tell EU Commission”

Italy must drop charges against Iuventa’s refugee rescuers, Amnesty demands

Meanwhile, the Sea-Watch 3 and Ocean Viking find themselves ‘in a situation that should never occur at sea’ AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL called on the Italian authorities today to drop legal proceedings against activists from refugee the Iuventa rescue ship. Between August 2016 and August 2017, the vessel’s crew saved the lives of more than 14,000 peopleContinue reading “Italy must drop charges against Iuventa’s refugee rescuers, Amnesty demands”

More than 800 refugees on two rescue ships wait for authorities to allow them to come ashore

The Ocean Viking, Sea-Watch 3, and Nadir wait hours and hours for authorities to help MORE than 800 refugees onboard two civilian-run rescue ships in the central Mediterranean urgently need to come ashore, their rescuers said today — but the European authorities have so far ignored their calls. The Ocean Viking, now carrying 553 survivors,Continue reading “More than 800 refugees on two rescue ships wait for authorities to allow them to come ashore”

European authorities ignored civilian rescuers’ mayday calls while they saved hundreds of refugees at the weekend

500 others still stranded in Malta’s waters, Alarm Phone warns CIVILIAN rescuers saved the lives of over 800 refugees in the central Mediterranean at the weekend with no help from the European authorities, who ignored their mayday calls and helped the Libyan Coastguards return hundreds of people to the war-torn country. The Sea-Watch 3, aContinue reading “European authorities ignored civilian rescuers’ mayday calls while they saved hundreds of refugees at the weekend”

Libyan coastguards threaten to arrest NGO refugee rescuers in international waters

Meanwhile, another refugee boat waits for the Maltese authorities to finally come to their aid THE EU-supported Libyan coastguard threatened to arrest the crew of a civilian-run refugee rescue ship in international waters today. The Sea-Watch 3 returned to the central Mediterranean on Monday, its first mission in the region since Italy detained it forContinue reading “Libyan coastguards threaten to arrest NGO refugee rescuers in international waters”

Fury after Malta leaves rescuers ‘in the dark’ searching for 46 refugees it had already saved

Meanwhile, at least 57 lives are lost in a shipwreck off Libya’s coast THE MALTESE authorities deliberately left civilian rescuers searching for hours for 46 refugees that had already been picked up by the authorities. Malta‘s Home Affairs Ministry confirmed today that an Armed Forces Malta (AFM) patrol boat had brought the people to safetyContinue reading “Fury after Malta leaves rescuers ‘in the dark’ searching for 46 refugees it had already saved”

Human rights violations continue ‘unabated’ in Libya’s migrant detention camps, Amnesty finds

Italy’s parliament votes to continue support for Libyan Coastguard despite dire warnings. Meanwhile, EU parliamentary group finds faults with Frontex HUMAN rights violations against people trapped in Libya’s migrant detention centres continued “unabated” during the first six months of this year, a new report by Amnesty International revealed today. The study, entitled No-One Will LookContinue reading “Human rights violations continue ‘unabated’ in Libya’s migrant detention camps, Amnesty finds”

Over 1,100 people have died on sea routes to Europe so far this year, double the numbers of this time last year

As IOM reiterates call for EU states to respect international refugee laws, three people die while Malta delays rescue MORE people have died on maritime migration routes into Europe in the first six months of this year than in the same period of 2020, according to research by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). AtContinue reading “Over 1,100 people have died on sea routes to Europe so far this year, double the numbers of this time last year”

Mare Liberum to resume refugee rights monitoring missions in the Aegean Sea

Crew sets sail for Samos as Greek Coastguards continue illegal refugee pushbacks to Turkey A HUMAN rights monitoring group whose work the German state had tried to thwart announced its return to the Aegean Sea today. The refugee support organisation Mare Liberum had been monitoring migrant and refugee sea crossings between Turkey and Greece sinceContinue reading “Mare Liberum to resume refugee rights monitoring missions in the Aegean Sea”

Three-day ordeal over for 86 refugees abandoned by Malta

The Nadir hands over the rescued to the Italian authorities after seeing off the Libyan Coastguard. Meanwhile, the Geo Barents is finally allowed to bring 410 refugees to dry land THE THREE-day ordeal for 86 refugees abandoned by the Maltese maritime authorities as they drifted across the Mediterranean came to an end today when theirContinue reading “Three-day ordeal over for 86 refugees abandoned by Malta”

Merchant ship handed rescued refugees over to the Libyan Coastguard

Sea-Watch and Alarm Phone confirm the intercepted were forced back to Libya against their will AROUND 180 people were forcibly returned to Libya, it was confirmed today, after the merchant ship that had saved their lives handed them over to the Libyan Coastguards. There were roughly 470 people adrift on five boats yesterday, the activist-runContinue reading “Merchant ship handed rescued refugees over to the Libyan Coastguard”

Italy and Malta refuse to provide Geo Barents’ 410 rescued refugees with a port

Meanwhile, activists urge merchant ship not to hand over refugees to Libyan Coastguard EVERY minute in which the authorities fail to allow 410 refugees onboard a charity rescue ship to come ashore is a minute too long, a member of the crew told The Civil Fleet today. The Geo Barents, a rescue ship run byContinue reading “Italy and Malta refuse to provide Geo Barents’ 410 rescued refugees with a port”

‘Moria fire trial was ‘not up to legal standards’

Lawyers and activists slam Greek court’s proceedings and decision to sentence four teenage Afghan refugees to 10-years in an adult jail THE trial of four Afghan teenagers jailed for 10 years each for starting a fire that destroyed a much-criticised refugee camp last year was not up to legal standards, observers have said. The youthsContinue reading “‘Moria fire trial was ‘not up to legal standards’”

Fairness of the trial against Afghan teenagers accused of burning down Moria refugee camp called into question

Public barred from courtroom and prosecution’s key witness doesn’t show. Elsewhere in Fortress Europe, Libyan Coastguards intercept hundreds of refugees and intimidate NGO rescuers THE FAIRNESS of a trial against four Afghan teenagers today accused of burning down an overcrowded refugee camp in Greece last year has been called into question after the court shutContinue reading “Fairness of the trial against Afghan teenagers accused of burning down Moria refugee camp called into question”

Unesco opens Tunisian memorial to shipwrecked refugees

Le Jardin d’Afrique is both a symbol and an actual burial place for the refugees who perish along the perilous sea routes of the Mediterranean by Michal Boncza THE director-general of the UN’s cultural agency Unesco, Audrey Azoula, inaugurated a garden in the coastal Tunisian town of Zarzis this week commemorating refugees who drowned whileContinue reading “Unesco opens Tunisian memorial to shipwrecked refugees”

Protesters across Europe call for the abolition of the EU’s border force

New activist network Abolish Frontex says the agency lies at the centre of the violence perpetrated by Fortress Europe THE EUROPEAN Union’s border force (Frontex) and the system it spearheads should be abolished, activists at protests in cities across Europe demanded today. Marking the launch of Abolish Frontex, an activist network comprised of over 50Continue reading “Protesters across Europe call for the abolition of the EU’s border force”

Refugee support organisation Josoor calls for donations after donor pulls out following Greek authorities’ ‘criminalisation campaign’

Meanwhile, five NGO refugee rescue ships continued to be held in Italy AN NGO that supports refugees in Turkey is appealing for financial help after a donor withdrew a promise of funding following unconfirmed reports that the Greek authorities are investigating its activities. Austrian NGO Josoor said today that it had previously received a writtenContinue reading “Refugee support organisation Josoor calls for donations after donor pulls out following Greek authorities’ ‘criminalisation campaign’”

UN demands EU reforms it search-and-rescue policies days after refugee bodies wash up on a beach in Libya

Meanwhile, lawyers take Frontex to court for the first time in the agency’s history over its alleged role in pushbacks THE United Nations’ top human rights official called on the European Union today to urgently reform its search-and-rescue practices in the central Mediterranean, just days after the bodies of drowned refugee children washed up onContinue reading “UN demands EU reforms it search-and-rescue policies days after refugee bodies wash up on a beach in Libya”

Rescued refugees reach dry land after authorities send them on a two-day detour

‘No-one in the governments of Europe seem to even think about respecting human rights any more,’ Sea Eye chairman says EUROPE’S commitment to human rights was called into question again today as an NGO ship was finally allowed to disembark 400 rescued refugees today after it was forced to take a two-day detour. The Sea-EyeContinue reading “Rescued refugees reach dry land after authorities send them on a two-day detour”

Malta again refuses its responsibility to bring people rescued in its waters to safety

The Sea-Eye 4 heads towards Italy as the mayor of Palermo says the city will welcome the ship’s 400 rescued refugees MALTA refused to allow refugees onboard an NGO ship to come ashore today, despite many of them having been rescued within its own search-and-rescue (SAR) zone. Civilian rescuers on their maiden voyage aboard theContinue reading “Malta again refuses its responsibility to bring people rescued in its waters to safety”

400 refugees saved in 72 hours off Libyan coast with no help from European authorities

Rescuers onboard the Sea-Eye 4 call for a port of safety to disembark the rescued CIVILIAN refugee rescuers have saved the lives of more than 400 people in just 72 hours in the central Mediterranean — with no help from the European maritime authorities. The activist-run emergency hotline organisation Alarm Phone alerted the crew ofContinue reading “400 refugees saved in 72 hours off Libyan coast with no help from European authorities”

Doctors Without Borders to resume Mediterranean search-and-rescue missions aboard new ship

At least 17 people drown off the coast of Tunisia having left Libya two days ago THE INTERNATIONAL medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is to resume search-and-rescue operations in the central Mediterranean aboard a new ship. Since 2015, MSF has sent medical crews to work onboard seven NGO refugee rescue ships, most recently withContinue reading “Doctors Without Borders to resume Mediterranean search-and-rescue missions aboard new ship”

European states urged to stop ignoring refugee deaths after at least six drown and 700 others are returned to Libya

Meanwhile, the Italian authorities bar the Sea Watch 4 rescue ship from leaving port again EUROPEAN states can no longer ignore refugee deaths in the central Mediterranean, humanitarian organisations said today following more deaths and the return of hundreds to war-torn Libya. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) announced that at least five people, amongContinue reading “European states urged to stop ignoring refugee deaths after at least six drown and 700 others are returned to Libya”

Refugees and rescuers witness the Libyan Coastguard abducting over 100 people

REFUGEES on board an NGO rescue ship were distressed today after witnessing the Libyan Coastguard intercept and return over 100 people attempting to flee the country. SOS Mediterranee shared footage captured from its refugee rescue ship, the Ocean Viking, on social media today showing a Libyan coastguard vessel moving at speed toward a rubber boat.Continue reading “Refugees and rescuers witness the Libyan Coastguard abducting over 100 people”

Rescuers call for urgent meeting with Italian PM following coastguard’s failure to prevent 130 refugees from drowning

Meanwhile, the Ocean Viking rescues over 230 people including 114 unaccompanied children off the coast of Libya today REFUGEE rescuers have called on Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi for an urgent meeting following the deaths of over 100 people in the central Mediterranean last week. Around 130 people drowned off the coast of Libya lastContinue reading “Rescuers call for urgent meeting with Italian PM following coastguard’s failure to prevent 130 refugees from drowning”

Rescuers outraged by state authorities’ failure to at least try to save refugee lives after 130 people die in shipwreck

Alarm Phone calls for European and Libyan maritime officials to be replaced by a Civil Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre CIVILIAN rescuers in the central Mediterranean were outraged today by the failure of the European and Libyan maritime authorities to at least try to prevent the deaths of 130 refugees. The authorities were first alerted toContinue reading “Rescuers outraged by state authorities’ failure to at least try to save refugee lives after 130 people die in shipwreck”

Malta ignores activists’ distress calls for 270 refugees stranded in its SAR zone

Two passing merchant ships fail to help the castaways and abandon them to face the night alone THE LIVES of about 270 refugees adrift in waters near Malta are at serious risk, activists have warned, as the island nation’s coastguard repeatedly ignores their calls and passing merchant vessels seemingly refuse to help. Since the morningContinue reading “Malta ignores activists’ distress calls for 270 refugees stranded in its SAR zone”

Open Arms finally allowed to bring rescued refugees to shore following the dramatic evacuation of a child

A CIVILIAN rescue ship that was kept at sea for five days finally began disembarking over 200 refugees in Italy today, following the dramatic evacuation of a child last night. The Open Arms rescue ship saved the lives of 219 people in 24 hours at the weekend in waters that Malta is legally responsible forContinue reading “Open Arms finally allowed to bring rescued refugees to shore following the dramatic evacuation of a child”

Greek coastguard systematically violating refugee human rights, report alleges

Alarm Phone documents 76 cases in the last 12 months when the Hellenic Coastguard used violent methods against refugees THE Greek coastguard stands accused once again of having systematically violated the human rights of refugees over the last year in a new study published today by the refugee distress hotline organisation Alarm Phone. In theContinue reading “Greek coastguard systematically violating refugee human rights, report alleges”

Libyan coastguards intercept and return close to 1,000 refugees to arbitrary detention

Meanwhile, over 200 others are safely onboard the Open Arms rescue ship NEARLY 1,000 refugees were intercepted and returned to Libya over the weekend, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) warned today. Over 470 people attempting to flee the war-torn country were intercepted by the EU-supported Libyan coastguard on Saturday night and a similar number wereContinue reading “Libyan coastguards intercept and return close to 1,000 refugees to arbitrary detention”

Top EU official condemned for window-dressing the containment of refugees

Ylva Johansson’s visit to Greece’s migrant camps is ‘equivalent to a warden’s visit at the prison they manage.’ says Alarm Phone HUMAN RIGHTS groups have condemned a top European Union official for window-dressing the bloc’s policy of containing refugees at Europe’s edges. Today, EU home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson was helicoptered to the Greek islandsContinue reading “Top EU official condemned for window-dressing the containment of refugees”

Human rights groups demand 2 year trial against the El Hiblu 3 come to an end

‘Instead of being prosecuted,’ campaigners say, the young men ‘should be celebrated for their actions in preventing the return of 108 precarious lives to Libya’ MALTA must call off the trial of three young men who prevented the return of 108 refugees to Libya by commandeering their rescuers’ ship two years ago, an alliance ofContinue reading “Human rights groups demand 2 year trial against the El Hiblu 3 come to an end”

116 rescued refugees finally given permission to come ashore

Authorities ignored their rescuers’ calls for days A REFUGEE rescue ship’s calls to be assigned a port to disembark more than 100 people have finally been answered after days of being ignored. European charity SOS Mediterranee announced on social media today that the Italian authorities had granted permission for its ship, the Ocean Viking, toContinue reading “116 rescued refugees finally given permission to come ashore”

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