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”

European authorities deny safety to over 800 refugees in the Mediterranean on World Refugee Day

The Aita Mari, Sea-Eye 4, Nadir and Sea-Watch 4’s calls for a port have fallen on deaf ears WORLD REFUGEE DAY was marked today by the European authorities continuing to refuse to provide safety to over 800 refugees on four rescue ships in the central Mediterranean. The Aita Mari rescue ship has been at seaContinue reading “European authorities deny safety to over 800 refugees in the Mediterranean on World Refugee Day”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Newborn baby among the 189 refugees civilian rescuers have saved in the Mediterranean since Saturday

Three NGO ships — the Ocean Viking, Nadir, and Geo Barents — operate with little to no help from the state authorities CIVILIAN rescuers have saved the lives of close to 189 refugees, including at least 20 unaccompanied children and a newborn baby, in the Mediterranean since Saturday. The rescues were carried out without theContinue reading “Newborn baby among the 189 refugees civilian rescuers have saved in the Mediterranean since Saturday”

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