[Updated] Planned EU NGO Code of Conduct threatens life-saving search and rescue operations

PRESS RELEASE Immediate 6 July 2017 Planned EU NGO Code of Conduct threatens life-saving search and rescue operations  “Failure to sign this Code of Conduct or failure to comply with its obligations may result in the refusal by the Italian State to authorize the access to national ports, subject to compliance with the existing international...

HRAS participates at Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for Migrants’ Rights in the Mediterranean

Human Rights at Sea participates in the second Summer School of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE) for Migrants’ Rights in the Mediterranean on “Open Doors, Sea Border Controls and Human Rights” in Naples Human Rights at Sea’s former intern and now Advisor, Elizabeth Mavropoulou, participated on behalf of the charity and delivered during...

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: 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 a...

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...

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 at...

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...

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 are...

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 tragedy...

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 rescue...

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