English Channel Migrants and Refugees: Safety of Life at Sea Comes First

London. UK. On the English south coast bordering The English Channel the number of migrants and refugees crossing from France to England seeking a better future has seen a surge this week with a period of good weather.  Today, it has been announced in the UK press that the UK Home Office is preparing for the UK Border Force to push back boats containing migrants and refugees into French waters thereby challenging international and maritime law positions for the long-standing assurance of safety of life at sea.

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.

UK Crown Prosecution Service takes Compassionate Stance for Migrants and Refugees crossing English Channel

London. UK. In respect of the ongoing English Channel migrant crossing situation, the UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) issued a statement on Thursday 8 July 2021 confirming that asylum seekers entering the UK illegally would no longer be prosecuted unless they have been involved in other criminal activity. The position taken is at odds with the UK Home Office and the UK Home Secretary Piri Patel's attempts to bring into force the Nationality and Borders Bill released on Tuesday 6 July.

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.

Ocean Viking NGO ship rescues 274 people off Libya

 Press Release Thursday 20 February 2020   London.UK. The Ocean Viking, a rescue ship operated by SOS MEDITERRANEE in partnership with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) is waiting for a port to disembark 274 men, women and children, rescued over three rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean on February 18 and 19, 2020. Among them are 22...

Migrants crossing The English Channel & Port Strategies

COMMENT 28 December 2018 London.UK.  The recent increase in migrant crossings from France to England across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, has prompted calls within the UK to increase sea patrols and prevent crossings. Nonetheless, the issue should not be unexpected for UK Border Force as the inevitability of exploitation of those fleeing war-torn countries...

Updated commentary on flagging issue of Aquarius SAR vessel

COMMENTARY Thursday 6 December 2018 Geneva. Update to 3 December Press Release on flagging of the Aquarius  Switzerland. The country of Henry Dunant, father of humanitarian principles, has responded to a popular request and parliamentary motion to allow the Aquarius, Search and Rescue (SAR) vessel of SOS Méditerranée and Médecins sans Frontières, to sail under...

Article: Luisa Zappalà. Search and rescue: shared responsibilities in international law of Member States, the European Union and Frontex in the Mediterranean.

PRESS RELEASE Immediate London, UK. Human Rights at Sea is please to publish a legal research and educational article by Luisa Zappalà titled: “Search and rescue: shared responsibilities in international law of Member States, the European Union and Frontex in the Mediterranean.” The article, a LLM dissertation, was first published in 2016 through the University of...

‘LIFEBOAT’ migrant rescue film to be shown at Second International Maritime Human Rights Conference

PRESS RELEASE Immediate London UK. The short award-winning film ‘LIFEBOAT’ is to be shown at the second International Maritime Human Rights (IMHR) conference on 29 October 2018 to be held at the historic and newly furbished Fishmongers’ Hall, London. LIFEBOAT showcases refugees desperate enough to risk their lives in rubber boats leaving Libya in the...

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HRAS Commentary on the ongoing central mediterranean situation

HRAS Commentary Monday 9 July 2018   “We could have done something,” – Taking the conscious political decision of leaving persons to drown or suffer from abuse London.UK. Corpses are discovered on Northern African shores, over 600 persons are now missing and feared dead because they embarked on the journey of the deadliest crossing in the...

World Refugee Day 2018 – Human Rights at Sea Statement

Press Release 20 June 2018 World Refugee Day London.UK. World Refugee Day 2018 and the news for refugees and others in need of protection are worse than ever before. The European Union considers for yet another time the idea of processing migrants and asylum seekers offshore, in countries of Africa. The idea of extraterritorial processing of asylum...

Italy sees major drop in migrant crossings from Libya to Europe. But is the cost too high?

Human Rights at Sea comments in the recent article by The Christian Science Monitor about the increasing concern about the actions of the Italian State and European Union in trampling on customary humanitarian principles and international human rights law relating to migrants and refugees returned to Libya, and the well-documented human rights abuses suffered by...

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