Geo Barents saves hundreds of refugees in just over 24 hours

Meanwhile, the authorities refuse to aid over 800 others aboard the Sea-Watch 3 and Ocean Viking A CIVILIAN rescue ship has saved the lives of over 200 people in the central Mediterranean in less than 48 hours, while the authorities continue to ignore over 800 refugees aboard two other vessels. The Geo Barents, operated byContinue reading “Geo Barents saves hundreds of refugees in just over 24 hours”

Sea Watch 3 refugee rescue ship detained in Italy for ‘saving too many lives’ again

Meanwhile the 116 survivors on board the Ocean Viking rescue ship continue four-day wait to be allowed to come ashore A CIVILIAN refugee-rescue ship was detained in Italy on Sunday night after the authorities accused the crew of “saving too many people.” The Sea Watch 3 saved the lives of 363 people in the centralContinue reading “Sea Watch 3 refugee rescue ship detained in Italy for ‘saving too many lives’ again”

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”

At least 15 refugees dead in Mediterranean shipwreck

Meanwhile, 363 who were rescued this weekend by the crew of an NGO rescue ship still wait for Italy or Malta to allow them to come ashore AT LEAST 15 people drowned in the central Mediterranean at the weekend while attempting to flee Libya, though the death toll could have been much higher if civilianContinue reading “At least 15 refugees dead in Mediterranean shipwreck”

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”

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”

Another desperate weekend at Europe’s borders for refugees and the activists trying to save them

Hundreds returned to war-torn Libya by EU-supported coastguard while the Alan Kurdi rescue ship is detained in Italy for the second time this year IT WAS another fraught weekend for refugees attempting to reach Europe by sea and for the activists trying to help them. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed on Sunday that theContinue reading “Another desperate weekend at Europe’s borders for refugees and the activists trying to save them”

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 criminalisation of NGO refugee rescuers reaches ‘another peak’ after fifth ship detained in Italy

Sea Watch says blockade is ‘politically motivated’ and aimed at stopping ‘rescue operations in the central Mediterranean’ THE criminalisation of civil refugee rescue operations in the Mediterranean has reached “another peak,” rescuers warned this weekend after the Italian port authorities banned another NGO ship from leaving port. The Sea Watch 4 became the fifth NGO rescueContinue reading “Europe’s criminalisation of NGO refugee rescuers reaches ‘another peak’ after fifth ship detained in Italy”

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