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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”

More people die in Home Office asylum-seeker accommodation in first six months of 2022 than in the whole of 2021

MORE people have died while housed at Home Office asylum-seeker accommodation in the first six months of this year than in the whole of 2021, The Civil Fleet can reveal. Twenty-one people, including two newborn babies, died while being housed by the Home Office between January 1 and June 30 this year, figures in aContinue reading “More people die in Home Office asylum-seeker accommodation in first six months of 2022 than in the whole of 2021”

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”

‘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”

‘I knew we wouldn’t be able to save them all’

Sea-Watch crew member BREN DAN gives a first-hand account of pulling desperate, drowning people out of the Mediterranean I’VE BEEN away with Sea-Watch for the last few weeks. I want to share what happened to one of the boats we went to rescue.  It was the fourth of the five boats we rescued. A sinkingContinue reading “‘I knew we wouldn’t be able to save them all’”

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”

EU-supported Libyan Coastguards fire on refugee who jumped overboard and swam towards rescuers

The Louise Michel warns of another atrocity carried out by the so-called coastguards, just days after ICC told to investigate Italy and Malta’s role in possible crimes against humanity in Libya RESCUERS witnessed the Libyan Coastguard shooting at a refugee who jumped into the from one of its patrol ships in the Mediterranean today. TheContinue reading “EU-supported Libyan Coastguards fire on refugee who jumped overboard and swam towards rescuers”

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”