Legal action against Italy over its coordination of Libyan Coast Guard pull-backs resulting in migrant deaths and abuse

Berlin, 08.05.2018 For the first time legal steps against illegal pull-back actions: Sea-Watch supports survivors in court proceedings against Italy 17 survivors of the fatal boat accident of 6 November 2017 go to the European Court of Human Rights with the support of several human rights organisations and thus take legal action against the illegal…

Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (Protestant Church in Germany) continues to support civilian sea-rescue – Air reconnaissance aircraft crucial factor for the rescue of human lives at sea

In the last year alone, more than 3,000 people have drowned in the Central Mediterranean Sea; in 2018, more than 500 have lost their lives already. Without the reconnaissance aircraft “Moonbird”, deployed by Sea-Watch and the Swiss Humanitarian Pilots Initiative (HPI), there would have been 1000 more deaths in 2017 alone. Time and again the…

“We were forced to dig mass graves to bury the corpses of people who were dying bit by bit”

On Saturday, 21th of April, Sea-Watch rescued a rubber boat 65 nautical miles north off the Libyan coast in a difficult operation with moments of tension when people, crammed into the dinghy, saw the arrival of the Libyan Coast Guard, who announced intentions to bring them back to Libya. People started to jump into the water, throwing…

Survivors state unspeakable conditions in Libya after being intercepted and pulled back: Sea-Watch condemns the EU policy facilitating forcible returns to Libya

After a complex rescue operation far out in international waters on Saturday, 94 people were rescued and brought to a safe place of disembarkation by Sea-Watch 3. Some of the survivors report multiple attempts to leave Libya by boat, all state outrageous conditions in Libya. When the Libyan Coast Guard arrived on scene, mandated by…