Winter on the Mediterranean

The conditions for people fleeing Libya are intolerable. Serious human rights violations have been thoroughly documented and evidenced for years by civil society, human rights organisations, intergovernmental organisations as well as refugees themselves. Since October 2nd, 2021, after Libyan police and military units carried out a large-scale crackdown and arbitrarily arrested thousands of people and…

Crimes of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex in the Central Mediterranean Sea

Insights into their ongoing and unpunished aerial complicity in human rights violations  Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has the task of preventing people on the move from crossing the external borders of the European Union. In the Central Mediterranean, Frontex is not currently present with naval assets but rather operates aerial reconnaissance aircraft which…

Rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 is free – 363 rescued aboard Sea-Watch 3 await assignment to port of safety

Italian authorities had detained the rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 after a port state control on Sept. 19, 2020, on flimsy grounds. Today, Tuesday, the Administrative Court in Palermo preliminarily suspended the detention of the Sea-Watch 4. Meanwhile, the rescue ship Sea-Watch 3, with 363 rescued people on board, continues to wait off Sicily for the…