Sea-Watch 5 rescues 119 people on Christmas Eve

The crew of the civil rescue ship Sea-Watch 5 has rescued 119 people from distress at sea in its first deployment in 2 different rescue operations. The people are receiving first aid on board; the youngest guest is three years old. Italy has assigned the ship to the distant port of Marina di Carrara for…


Press release: New EU migration pact erodes European right to asylum

Today’s agreement on the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) cements the deadly status quo at Europe’s external borders. Contrary to all claims, the reform will not save a single human life. Together with 17 other initiatives, the sea rescue organization Sea-Watch is protesting vigorously against the Europe-wide tightening of asylum law. In…


Malta’s deadly non-assistance in the Central Mediterranean Sea

A joint statement by Alarm Phone, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Sea-Watch. Malta has once more neglected its legal obligations under the law of the sea and abandoned 14 persons in distress at sea resulting into one death. Civil society groups Alarm Phone, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Sea-Watch, all operating…