HRAS Intern graduates with a Distinction from Université catholique de Louvain

Human Rights at Sea is very pleased to report that our first Erasmus+ intern, Mélanie Glodkiewicz, has successfully graduated in International Relations from the Université catholique de Louvain with a top-level Distinction based on her human rights and humanitarian work. Reporting from the university highlighted that Mélanie’s internship with the charity was viewed as being contributory to her award of the highest level of Distinction; an … Continue reading HRAS Intern graduates with a Distinction from Université catholique de Louvain

Italy sees major drop in migrant crossings from Libya to Europe. But is the cost too high?

Human Rights at Sea comments in the recent article by The Christian Science Monitor about the increasing concern about the actions of the Italian State and European Union in trampling on customary humanitarian principles and international human rights law relating to migrants and refugees returned to Libya, and the well-documented human rights abuses suffered by them at the hands of the EU trained Libyan authorities. … Continue reading Italy sees major drop in migrant crossings from Libya to Europe. But is the cost too high?

MOAS suspends Mediterranean migrant rescue operations

In an unprecedented step, the Malta based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) search and rescue (SAR) NGO has suspended all rescue operations in the Mediterranean citing, among other reasons, concern about the lawfulness of returns to Libya and alluding to the conditions of those returnees held in detention facilities in Libya. MOAS was one of several NGOs who initially signed the Italian State-led, EU backed NGO … Continue reading MOAS suspends Mediterranean migrant rescue operations

UK P&I Club: Search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean

24 July 2017 UK P&I Club: Search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Amanda Hastings, Claims Executive at UK P&I Club, comments on the effect of Operation Triton on search and rescue operations: “Summer is once again upon us and the media coverage surrounding the refugee and migrant crisis in the Mediterranean continues, as do the criticisms of Operation Triton. So has anything really changed … Continue reading UK P&I Club: Search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean

HRAS supports NGO guidance materials against Far Right activists

Supporting SAR NGOs with Voluntary Guidance for use at Sea Human Rights at Sea has been assisting one of its Support Entities, the charitable Foundation Hope Not Hate, to produce new voluntary guidance materials for search and rescue NGOs operating in the Mediterranean under potential threat by Far Rights activists whose intention is to hinder migrant rescue missions off the Libyan coast through direct action … Continue reading HRAS supports NGO guidance materials against Far Right activists

European MEPs uphold Human Rights at Sea SAR publication

PRESS RELEASE Immediate 11 July 2017 26 MEPs uphold Human Rights at Sea work in support of search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean With the on-going European migrant crisis, including the continued tragic loss of life in the southern Mediterranean offshore Libya, Human Rights at Sea and its supporting advisory work has been recognised and upheld by 26 MEP’s of the European Parliament in … Continue reading European MEPs uphold Human Rights at Sea SAR publication

[Updated] Planned EU NGO Code of Conduct threatens life-saving search and rescue operations

PRESS RELEASE Immediate 6 July 2017 Planned EU NGO Code of Conduct threatens life-saving search and rescue operations  “Failure to sign this Code of Conduct or failure to comply with its obligations may result in the refusal by the Italian State to authorize the access to national ports, subject to compliance with the existing international conventions.“ Leaked draft EU Code of Conduct.   Human Rights … Continue reading [Updated] Planned EU NGO Code of Conduct threatens life-saving search and rescue operations