Overcrowding Conditions Onboard the Ocean Viking Threaten Lives of Rescued Migrants

London. UK.  At the time of writing, the current situation with over 550 rescued persons onboard the Ocean Viking humanitarian rescue ship operating in the central Mediterranean is dire. Over the past five days, the vessel and crew have conducted six rescues yet have still not been allocated a place of safety to disembark their passengers. Men, women, children, as well as pregnant women remain on overcrowded decks with minimal shelter, while food provisions are running low.

The Right to Life: Italy found by UN in violation of the right to life of Migrants at Sea

the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), the treaty body responsible for the monitoring of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, found Italy in violation of its obligations under the Covenant in particular in violation of the right to life as provided in Article 6 of the ICCPR read alone, and in conjunction with Article 2 (3), in the context of Search and Rescue (SAR) operations of migrants at sea. According to the HRC, Italy delayed and failed to actively provide rescue to 200 migrants on the high seas.

English Channel Migrant Movement and Human Rights at Sea

People move.  Migration has always been a feature of the human condition and it will always be so. We cannot stop it and efforts to stem it will, in the long run, prove futile. Global population has ballooned in recent years and travel from region to region has increased. More and more people are on the move. Their motives for leaving their homes and seeking lives elsewhere are numerous, but two in particular are relevant to the ‘crisis’ that has developed in recent weeks in the English Channel.

Case filed against Greece in Strasbourg Court over Criminalising Search and Rescue

Press Release  April 23rd  2019 London.UK. Not-for-profit organisation Team Humanity’s founder Salam Aldeen through the representation of the Global Legal Action Network, have decided to take the Greek government to the Strasbourg Court, to held them accountable for the legal ordeal they have put Salam Aldeen and his crew through since 14th January 2016, when...

Court of Cassation Rome decides against the release of SAR vessel IUVENTA of Jugend Rettet E.V.

Press Release  27 APRIL 2018 London. Human Rights at Sea is closely watching the ongoing situation in the central Mediterranean route, and is deeply concerned with the restrictive asylum policies of the European Union and the general securitisation and criminalisation of search and rescue at sea. What we are witnessing is push backs operations of asylum...

HRAS Intern becomes Erasmus+ Ambassador

Melanie Glodkiewicz selected as an Erasmus+ Ambassador “My internship has been a life-changing period” Wednesday 14 June 2016 Human Rights at Sea is delighted to announce that a former intern, Miss Melanie Glodkiewicz, has been selected to become a European Erasmus+ Programme ambassador following her work on Mediterranean migrant projects for the charity and while seconded to the...

European Parliament: Human Rights at Sea outlines voluntary SAR NGO Code of Conduct

  PRESS RELEASE 31 March 2017 Human Rights at Sea outlines the first voluntary Code of Conduct for Search and Rescue NGOs in the European Parliament On Wednesday 29 March, CEO David Hammond spoke in the European Parliament to outline the new voluntary ‘Code of Conduct for Search and Rescue Operations undertaken by civil society...

The HRAS Interview: Giorgia Linardi – Mediterranean Migrants

Mediterranean Migrants: Becoming Part of the System At sea, rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, 25-year-old Giorgia Linardi met a woman that reminder of her mother. Like her mother, the woman was a doctor, a specialist; their ages were similar. But, unlike her mother, this woman had lost her family, her home, had no phone to...

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 the...

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. is...

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