United We Talk: EU-Libya collaboration – pull-backs by remote controll

Live on this website – starting: 17.06. 18h – 20h CEST online

In this UnitedWeTalk session we will host the launch of the exclusive report “Remote control: the EU-Libya collaboration in mass interceptions of migrants in the Central Mediterranean” denouncing the support brought to the so-called Libyan Coast Guard by EU member states to control migration in and around the Central Mediterranean. The EU’s increasing outsourcing of responsibility for rescue has led to mass pull-backs of migrants to Libya by ‘remote control’ from EU aerial assets.

Based on their first-hand observations, activists from the emergency hotline Watch The Med – Alarmphone and the Search and Rescue NGOs Mediterranea Saving Humans and Sea-Watch, together with borderline europe – Menschenrechte ohne Grenzen e.V., will report on how the aerial collaboration between the EU and Libya works operationally and how it contributes to the mass interception of fleeing migrants.

Considering the ongoing civil war and countless reports of torture, rape and further degrading treatment taking place in detention centers, it is clear that Libya cannot be considered a safe country for people on the move. Together with our guest speakers, Sally Hayden (journalist) and Yasha Maccanico (Statewatch), we will also touch upon recent developments in the Libyan camps as well as discuss the accountability of European actors.

 


 

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Moderation

Sara Bellezza

borderline-europe

is a member of borderline-europe and a doctoral researcher in social- and cultural anthropology at Free University Berlin. She researches and publishes on the criminalization of migration and flight aid and focuses on documenting and reporting about the situation of the EU’s external borders and externalization politics.
https://www.borderline-europe.de/

Matthias Monroy

Editor CILIP

is focusing on policing in the European Union and new technologies for surveillance. Works part-time for a member of the Left Party in the German Bundestag, questioning the government on Frontex, EU military missions, migration control in the Mediterranean Sea. He publishes in left-wing newspapers, online-media and netzpolitik.org.
https://www.cilip.de/

 

Speakers

Lucia Gennari

Mediterranea Saving Humans

works on immigration and asylum law as a lawyer in Rome and is part of Mediterranea. In recent years she has participated in the study and development of strategic litigation on EU policies of border externalisation and on legal issues related to SAR operations and the protection of human rights at sea together with associations and NGOs. https://mediterranearescue.org/en/

Kiri Santer

Alarm Phone

is a member of Watch the Med – Alarm Phone and a doctoral researcher in legal and political Anthropology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Her research examines recent transformations of the governance of migration in the Central Mediterranean and the EU’s project of border externalisation there and in Libya.

Bérénice Gaudin

Sea-Watch

is the Advocacy Officer and legal advisor in charge of the strategic litigation, merchant shipping and Airborne matters and has personally participated in Airborne missions for the NGO. She graduated with the highest honours in French and German law. Her specialties include human rights, law of the sea and migration.

Yasha Maccanico

Statewatch

completed a PhD in Policy Studies at the University of Bristol on “Immigration policies as a problem: state power and authoritarianism”. As a journalist and researcher, he has studied EU justice and internal affairs, and their effects in member states for Statewatch since 1998.
http://www.statewatch.org/

Sally Hayden (journalist)

is an award-winning journalist and photographer currently focused on migration, conflict and humanitarian crises. Sally has reported from many countries around the globe including Syria, Sudan, Nigeria, Iraq and Rwanda. Sally has a law degree from University College Dublin and has worked as a trainer at the BBC Academy, a visiting lecturer at London College of Communication and New York University, and volunteered as a mentor for the Refugee Journalism Project.
https://sallyhayden.net/

 


 

This show is a co-production by United We Stream, #UnitedWeTalk, ALEX Berlin, borderline-europe, Mediterranea, Alarme Phone, Sea-Watch with support of: coview.info and also with: Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V. – GFF & logbuch-netzpolitik