First video blog from HRAS intern at sea offshore Libya

  Melanie Glodkiewicz, a Human Rights at Sea intern, is currently seconded to the German NGO Sea-Watch and their vessel Sea-Watch 2 operating off the Libyan coast. In this first video report, Melanie describes her experiences on her first mission from the deck of Sea-Watch 2 as it sails back to Malta to replenish stores. This...

Updated Sea-Watch Rescue blog – HRAS Intern Melanie Glodkiewicz

  Human Rights at Sea first Erasmus Intern, Melanie Glodkiewicz, is currently offshore Libya undertaking her internship secondment to the German NGO, Sea-Watch. Melanie will be regularly posting her experiences and commentary of her experiences – www.hras-seawatch.org  My secondment to Sea-Watch has now started. I have joined the new crew for the next SAR operation...

The HRAS Interview: Alexandra Bilak – Director Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

Migrants are the tip of the iceberg Hundreds of thousands of people have put their life at risk at sea to reach European shores. Their bravery and despair has drawn wide media attention. In reality, though, they are the tip of the iceberg. There were 40.8 million people displaced within national borders worldwide as...

20 Questions exposing the African Economic Migrant Narrative to the Maritime Community

PRESS RELEASE Immediate – 13 June 2016 “I have no worry about crossing the sea, because as soon as I take decision to leave my family for an unknown world, there is no more worry. I will either succeed or die. That is it.” Following extensive field research in the Sahel, Africa, Human Rights...

This is EU foreign policy: If you don´t want to see these pictures – stop us producing them

Source: SeaWatch From the frontline SeaWatch teams working to save life in the Mediterranean. After witnessing a series of boats accidents including capsized boats with many dead in the Central Mediterranean Sea last week, Sea-Watch is now striking a balance and publishing tragic pictures that have to be acknowledged by the European society as...

U.S. Naval Vessel to Join NATO Migration Task Force

U.S. Naval Vessel to Join NATO Migration Task Force SMG2 exercise (file image courtesy NATO) Reproduced with express permission: MarEx 2016-05-20 20:36:19 On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced plans to deploy a naval vessel to join NATO forces in the Aegean on a mission to combat human trafficking. Kerry told allies that the U.S....

Press Release: Launch of new migrant film trailer ‘The Dead Sea’

PRESS RELEASE Launch of new migrant film trailer ‘The Dead Sea’ UK. 27 April 2016. Human Rights at Sea is delighted to be able to support the release of the new trailer for the forthcoming short film, ‘The Dead Sea‘, exploring the abuses suffered, privations and humanitarian issues for migrants travelling to Europe from North Africa. Often...

International Rescue Effort continues in the Aegean

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) remains committed to developing the maritime search and rescue (SAR) capability of the Greek volunteer service, even following the EU Turkey agreement. “We committed to help until the maritime rescue services can cope with the demand for rescue on their waters” says Bruce Reid, CEO of IMRF. “We...

Film Shows Horror of Mediterranean Migrant Crossings

  A film debuted at the 2016 Berlin film festival shows the bodies of migrants so tightly packed in the hold of a boat that they died of asphyxiation within hours of starting their voyage across the Mediterranean. Director Gianfranco Rosi’s says his two-hour documentary film “Fuocoammare” (Fire at Sea) “bears witness to a...

Migrants Die After Confusion over SAR Laws

By MarEx 2016-01-28 15:44:39 Reproduced with express permission The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has raised concerns over reports that some would-be rescuers may have been deterred from helping people in distress by concerns about territorial waters. One such report, published in The Independent, states: “Australian national Simon Lewis says he and a team of...

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