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”

Over 500 refugees in the Mediterranean wait on European authorities to provide them with safety

Meanwhile, the pretrial against the Iuventa rescue workers is put on hold due to Italian prosecution’s procedural errors OVER 500 refugees are waiting on the European authorities to provide them with a safe port after activist rescuers saved their lives in the central Mediterranean. The Aita Mari, a rescue ship belonging to Basque charity HumanitarianContinue reading “Over 500 refugees in the Mediterranean wait on European authorities to provide them with safety”

‘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”

At least 117 refugees drowned trying to reach Europe in the last 12 days

Activists vow to continue the fight against Fortress Europe’s deadly border regime ACTIVISTS vowed to continue to fight against Europe’s deadly border regime today, following the deaths of at least 117 refugees at sea in the past 12 days. Thirty-six people are feared to have lost their lives in a shipwreck that occurred off theContinue reading “At least 117 refugees drowned trying to reach Europe in the last 12 days”

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”

Charges brought against activists who saved the lives of over 14,000 people at sea

‘As governments continue to break their own laws,’ the former captain of the Iuventa refugee rescue ship says, the accusation they aided illegal immigration ‘are a joke’ ACTIVISTS who saved the lives of over 14,000 people in the Mediterranean Sea could be jailed for 20 years after an Italian prosecutor charged them today with aidingContinue reading “Charges brought against activists who saved the lives of over 14,000 people at sea”

UN expert condemns criminalisation of NGO rescuers

Activists welcome support but call for action against EU’s border regime A UN human rights expert condemned yesterday Europe’s criminalisation of NGO refugee rescuers, calling for cases against them to be dropped. UN special rapporteur for human rights defenders Mary Lawlor defended the actions of 11 refugee rescuers with criminal cases hanging over them forContinue reading “UN expert condemns criminalisation of NGO rescuers”

Europe’s continued blockade of NGO rescue ships condemned as 45 people die in shipwreck off Libya

“THE mountains of corpses in front of Europe’s walls are growing,” warned NGO rescuers today following the deaths of 45 people in a shipwreck off the Libyan Coast. The United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) announced the deaths in a joint statement on Wednesday night. “Some 37 survivors –Continue reading “Europe’s continued blockade of NGO rescue ships condemned as 45 people die in shipwreck off Libya”

The far-right and Italian spooks spied on our rescue missions

DARIUSH BEIGUI and HENDRIK SIMON, former members of the NGO rescue ship Iuventa, describe how Matteo Salvini and the Italian secret services tried to criminalise them for saving lives at sea IT’S normal now for the NGO refugee rescue ships operating in the Mediterranean to expect to be met with outright hostility by the EuropeanContinue reading “The far-right and Italian spooks spied on our rescue missions”

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