Greece. March 23, 2020. While the Corona crisis is keeping Europe in suspense, the suffering of those seeking international protection and the humanitarian disaster at Europe’s borders are fading into the background. In Camp Moria on Lesbos alone, designed for a maximum of 3,000 people, over 20,000 people are currently living without adequate access to water, basic hygiene facilities and medical care. To counteract the spread of COVID-19 and its disastrous effects in good time, the people on the Greek islands must receive immediate medical assistance, and overcrowded refugee camps must immediately be evacuated. The cruise ships which are idly moored in European ports offer the best conditions for this.Continue reading #Seawatch: Send decommissioned cruise ships to evacuate camps in Greece
On 2nd of July evening, an assembly of about 75 people gathered in front of the Frontex vessel Valiant in the port of Mytilini and marching downtown. With slogans and banners they demonstrated against the arrest of the Sea Watch Captain Carola Rackete and demanded her freedom.Continue reading #FreeRackete reportback: Demo in #Mytilini , #Lesvos
Last night (May 19) at 8:30 PM local time, the remaining 47 of 65 rescued people onboard the Sea-Watch 3 were disembarked safely, and in close cooperation with the Italian Coast Guard, on the island of Lampedusa. This fourth disembarkation of rescued people by a civil rescue ship in Italy this year proves once more that the talk of closed ports is just that: talk. However, Sea-Watch 3 has officially been taken into “probationary confiscation”.Continue reading #SeaWatch3 Disembarks 65 Survivors in #Lampedusa – Italian authorities seizes rescue vessel
The political offensive against civil sea rescue continues: Now the civil reconnaissance aircraft Moonbird was blocked from operations as well. The aircraft is operated by Sea-Watch and the Swiss Humanitarian Pilots Initiative (HPI) and is supported by the Protestant Church of Germany (EKD). The Maltese authorities do not allow any kind of search and rescue operations. From now on no search flights in the search area north of the Libyan coast are possible anymore. Since operations started, Moonbird was involved in the rescue of 20 000 people and more than 1000 would have drowned, if the Moonbird Crew would not have found their sinking boats in the last minute.
Anyone who obstructs rescue services is liable to prosecution, nobody would intentionally block an ambulance – but that is exactly what is happening: rescue ships are being blocked, with deadly consequences. According to UNHCR, another boat accident occurred yesterday, 114 people are missing. It is already the third since rescue ships have been blocked in Malta, on Sunday at least 63 people drowned, Friday there were over 100 including 3 babies. The weeks before, several hundred people had already drowned. According to the IOM, this June is with 629 the deadliest in 5 years, although only half as many people have arrived in Italy. Mortality in June is at record levels and is directly related to the prevention of sea rescue.
Current surge in death toll linked to crack down on sea rescue. Sea-Watch fully entitled with Dutch flag, investigations are political campaign against civil rescue fleet.
Sea-Watch released the complete footage of the escalation by the Libyan coast guard during a rescue operation on November 6, 2017.
Image: Screenshot of the video of the Seawatch rescue operation on November 6, 2017.