Dutch government blocks Sea-Watch 3 and other NGO ships with a new policy, citing concerns for ‘safety,’ while people are left to drown

Today, a new policy imposed by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will take effect, which has severe implications on Sea-Watch and other NGOs operating ships under the Dutch flag. The policy change implemented hastily and without a transition period for Sea-Watch, demonstrates the lengths the Dutch government is willing to go to,…

Dutch Government Concedes: Sea-Watch 3 Sails to Scheduled Shipyard Maintenance in France

On Tuesday, Sea-Watch announced its preparedness to begin urgent legal proceedings against the blockade of its rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 in Italy by the government of the Netherlands. Two minutes before the given deadline on Wednesday, the Dutch authorities permitted the ship to sail to its planned shipyard for maintenance. This demonstrates the indefensibility of…

Sea-Watch 3 is no floating hotel

Dutch authorities use the safety of refugees as an argument to let them drown To shut down one of the last remaining rescue vessels on the Mediterranean, European governments use double standards. The Dutch authorities today carry out an inspection on the Sea-Watch 3’s ability to accommodate rescued people for longer periods of time, however…