17 distress cases in 5 days – Sea-Watch: Little hope for EU summit in Malta

Sea-Watch continuous air reconnaissance mission: at least 17 emergencies with more than 750 castaways within five days This week alone, our aerial reconnaissance mission registered 17 distress cases. While some boats in distress were rescued by the rescue ship Ocean Viking of the organizations Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee, at least 3 cases could…


Sea-Watch wins appeal: the Dutch State is not allowed to apply new safety requirements until the end of 2019

Today, a judge in The Hague ruled on the appeal lodged by Sea-Watch. The Court’s judgment acknowledges that the negative consequences of omitting a transitional period for the more stringent safety regulations on Sea-Watch’s ship, namely that people may drown due to limited rescue capacity in the Mediterranean Sea, outweigh the purpose of the new…


Europe Can’t Handle Responsibilities – Sea-Watch 3 Enters Italian Waters in State of Necessity

European institutions have once again proven their incapability of handling the responsibility to safeguard the rights of people rescued at their deadly sea border. Neither any of the European States nor the EU commission were willing to enforce what is the basis of their constitutions – human dignity. With yesterday’s political ruling furthermore the European…