Free Carola Rackete


We demand freedom for Carola Rackete, captain of Sea Watch 3, who has brought 40 refugees to the next safe harbour in Italy (Lampedusa) after an odyssey lasting for days. They were rescued from drowning in the open Mediterranean and could not be brought to safety forever, as Italy, a member of the EU, openly opposed human rights and made entering the port a punishable offence.

Sea-Watch e.V.

Civil sea rescue of people in flight

Sea-Watch e.V. is a non-profit organization that conducts civil search and rescue operations in the Central Med. In the presence of the humanitarian crisis, Sea-Watch provides emergency relief capacities, demands and pushes for rescue operations by the european institutions and stands up publicly for legal escape routes. Since a political solution in the sense of a #SafePassage is not on the horizon, we have expanded our field of operation and made new plans. We are politically and religiously independent and are financed solely through donations.

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Sea-Watch is vehemently committed to ensuring that no one has to die at Europe’s deadly sea border.

In view of the humanitarian catastrophe with thousands of deaths in the Mediterranean, the idea for the Sea-Watch project was born in 2014. In spring 2015 we bought an old cutter and rebuilt it for use in sea rescue. With the help of numerous volunteer activists who set up the project in Germany or who have been crew members in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy since June 2015, we have succeeded in effectively saving thousands of people.

The voluntary commitment of many is the core of our work. They have provided us with their knowledge and skills in shipping, medicine, mechanics, logistics, public relations and much more.