UNHCR official accused of ‘victim blaming’ the mothers of missing refugees in the Mediterranean

ACTIVISTS accused a United Nation’s refugee agency (UNHCR) official of “victim blaming” today after he took to social media to criticise the mothers of missing migrants and refugees. In Tunisia today, human rights activists and civil society organisations took part in a commemorative protest, or “CommemorAction,” with relatives of the thousands of people that haveContinue reading “UNHCR official accused of ‘victim blaming’ the mothers of missing refugees in the Mediterranean”

Mediterranean death toll will continue to rise, activists warn after Britain bans refugee rescue ship from sailing

Meanwhile, authorities ignore ResQship’s urgent request for assistance after its sailing ship finds 19 people in distress THE refugee death toll in the central Mediterranean will continue to rise, activists said today after Britain’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) banned a rescue organisation from using one of its ships. German rescue organisation Sea-Watch revealed thisContinue reading “Mediterranean death toll will continue to rise, activists warn after Britain bans refugee rescue ship from sailing”

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”

EU ‘putting human lives at risk’ again as 34 refugees continue to wait for assistance

Malta, Italy and Germany dodge responsibility to answer the Nadir’s calls for help EUROPE’S failure to assist refugees in distress at sea came into focus again today as 34 people on board an NGO rescue ship continue to wait for the authorities to come to their aid. Last night, the Nadir, a sailing ship onContinue reading “EU ‘putting human lives at risk’ again as 34 refugees continue to wait for assistance”

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”

More than 800 refugees on two rescue ships wait for authorities to allow them to come ashore

The Ocean Viking, Sea-Watch 3, and Nadir wait hours and hours for authorities to help MORE than 800 refugees onboard two civilian-run rescue ships in the central Mediterranean urgently need to come ashore, their rescuers said today — but the European authorities have so far ignored their calls. The Ocean Viking, now carrying 553 survivors,Continue reading “More than 800 refugees on two rescue ships wait for authorities to allow them to come ashore”

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