‘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”

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”

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”

‘It is absolutely necessary for a civil eye to be present in Aegean Sea’

The Mare Liberum’s Marie and Abby tell The Civil Fleet how European governments have tried to stop the ship and her crew from carrying out their human rights monitoring missions, and why they must return to the sea today despite many threats to the mission IT’S BEEN close to two years since the activist crewContinue reading “‘It is absolutely necessary for a civil eye to be present in Aegean Sea’”

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”

Germany orders detention of activists’ ships

Mare Liberum says it won’t accept the blockade of its human rights mission in the Aegean Sea GERMANY delivered a devastating blow today to a human rights organisation operating in the Aegean Sea by ordering the detention of its ships. Not-for-profit association Mare Liberum told the German Transport Ministry last week that it intended toContinue reading “Germany orders detention of activists’ ships”

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