The unnecessary wait for safety is over for 588 refugees, but the authorities keep 312 others at sea as their health deteriorates

THE unnecessarily long wait for dry land is finally over for 588 refugees aboard two activist-run rescue ships in the central Mediterranean — but hundreds more on another vessel continue to wait for their rights to be respected. The Italian authorities gave permission today for the rescuers aboard the Aita Mari to disembark 112 survivorsContinue reading “The unnecessary wait for safety is over for 588 refugees, but the authorities keep 312 others at sea as their health deteriorates”

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”

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’”

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”

Sea Watch: One ship freed while 363 refugees still wait for land on another

ANOTHER NGO refugee rescue ship was released today after spending other five months barred from leaving an Italian port for a multitude of supposed safety failings. The Administrative Court in Palermo today lifted the suspension today that had kept the Sea Watch 4 in port since September 19 following the rescue of hundreds of refugeesContinue reading “Sea Watch: One ship freed while 363 refugees still wait for land on another”

Sea Watch 3 finally released after being held for seven months for ‘absurd’ reasons

Court’s decision on Sea Watch’s legal challenge against the detention of its ships expected next week The NGO refugee rescue ship Sea Watch 3 was finally allowed to leave port today, seven months after the Italian port authorities detained it for a slew of supposed safety irregularities. Sea Watch spokeswoman Mattea Weihe told The CivilContinue reading “Sea Watch 3 finally released after being held for seven months for ‘absurd’ reasons”

First NGO rescue mission in over a month saves the lives of close to 200 people

Open Arms finds survivors and five dead in two dinghies less than 24 hours apart in the central Mediterranean AROUND 199 refugees have been saved in the central Mediterranean by NGO rescuers for the first time since European states blockaded seven civilian rescue ships over a month ago. The Open Arms rescue ship left Barcelona,Continue reading “First NGO rescue mission in over a month saves the lives of close to 200 people”

At least 150 dead and over 1,000 refugees intercepted in one month, yet Europe continues to blockade the NGO rescuers

In the 31 days since the last NGO rescue ship was seized, the central Mediterranean remains the world’s deadliest border where human rights are insignificant IT HAS been a month since the Italian port authorities seized the last NGO refugee rescue ship operating in the central Mediterranean. In the last 31 days, over 150 peopleContinue reading “At least 150 dead and over 1,000 refugees intercepted in one month, yet Europe continues to blockade the NGO rescuers”

Activists and relatives call for rescue of survivors adrift in the Mediterranean for nine days

THE LIVES of six people onboard a boat adrift in the Mediterranean for nine days are at serious risk, activists warned today. The relatives of the people on the boat first contacted Alarm Phone, an activist network which operates a hotline for refugees in distress at sea, about the case last Tuesday. Alarm Phone alertedContinue reading “Activists and relatives call for rescue of survivors adrift in the Mediterranean for nine days”

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