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Press Statement: JUGEND RETTET appeals the seizure of the IUVENTA

On ninth october JUGEND RETTET appealed the preventive seizure of its
Search and Rescue vessel at the Court of Cassation. A rejection of the appeal would mark a
crucial legal precedent for Italian claims to jurisdiction in international waters, and for the
criminalization of rescue operations at sea. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English

Letter to Minniti: Commissioner for Human Rights Council of Europe

Letter of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe to the Italian minister of interior Marco Minniti on the migrants' situation in Libya and Italian-Libyan relations. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English

Report New report of the Council of Europe about the situation of migrants in Serbia and Hungary

"Thousands of refugees who have crossed the Western Balkan route 2015 and 2016 are now stranded in Serbia and Hungary and are in a precarious legal situation," said Tomáš Boček, the Special Representative of the Council of Europe for Flight and Migration in a report that recently has been published. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English

Oxfam report: You aren’t human any more

Thousands of refugees and migrants face kidnap, slavery, torture and sexual violence in Libya before crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Italy – if they are not killed first. Oxfam has spoken to men and women who have spent months being beaten,tied up like animals and sold as cheap labour in Libya’s shocking slave trade. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English

UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe: Regional Humanitarian Situation Report #25, July - September 2017

Between January and September 2017, close to 145,000 refugees and migrants arrived on European shores. Two-thirds of them came through the Central Mediterranean Route, yet the summer months were marked by a sharp decrease of arrivals to Italy (mainly due to the Italy-Libya deal and new regulations over search and rescue operations) and a spike of sea crossings through the Eastern Mediterranean. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europa

Myanmar: "My world is finished". Rohingya targeted in crimes against humanity in Myanmar

Often working with Border Guard Police and local vigilantes, the military has carried out a campaign of violence that has been systematic, organized and ruthless. This briefing shows that the Myanmar military has killed hundreds of Rohingya women, men and children; raped women and girls; and carried out targeted burning of entire villages. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Asien

Keeping Children at the Center

In a new report, Save the Children warns that restrictive EU migration policies risk pushing children underground.

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europa, Weltweit

Keeping children at the centre

Time for EU solidarity in protecting migrant and refugee children's rights: This paper aims to capture the issues children face on the way to and once they have reached Europe. It makes a central plea for more solidarity – with all children, regardless of their status, with migrants and refugees generally, and between EU member states – to ensure the existence of a robust protection system. Chapter 1 looks at the dangers facing children and their families attempting to reach Europe; Chapter 2 at the rights being denied to those who eventually do; Chapter 3 at children’s rights in relation to returns procedures; and finally Chapter 4 recommends actions the EU and member states need to take to improve the situation of migrant and refugee children. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europäische Union, Weltweit

Greece: Confronting the mental health emergency on Samos and Lesvos

Asylum seekers held on Greece’s islands are in the midst of a mental health emergency. Many have lived through extreme violence and traumatic events. But it is the conditions they face in Greece, including the continued violence and the lack of appropriate services, which are pushing them into hopelessness and are greatly compounding their mental health suffering. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

Press Statement: JUGEND RETTET appeals the seizure of the IUVENTA at the Rome Court of Cassation

12.10.2017, Rome, Italy – Last Monday JUGEND RETTET appealed the preventive seizure of its
Search and Rescue vessel at the Court of Cassation. A rejection of the appeal would mark a
crucial legal precedent for Italian claims to jurisdiction in international waters, and for the
criminalization of rescue operations at sea. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta

10 years borderline-europe e.V.

10 years borderline-europe e.V. - Not a reason to celebrate?! - We invite anyway!

As long as there are severe Human Rights violations along the external EU borders and refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, we will continue to monitor, inform and intervene!

10 years borderline-europe e.V.: What has happened so far and where do we stand today?
Where: ACUD BERLIN, Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin
When: Saturday, 28.10.2017 at 6pm

We cordially invite you to summarize the previous 10 years and join a discussion with us. After a review of our previous work and reports about the current situation, there will be a panel debate. Speakers present include:

Elio Tozzi und Lucia Borghi (Borderline Sicilia),
Alice Kleinschmidt (Borderline Lesvos),
Effi Latsoudi (Lesvos Solidarity),
Axel Grafmanns (Sea-Watch),
Lisa Gross und Judith Gleitze (AlarmPhone/borderline-europe),
Gergishu Yohannes (Initiative Verein gegen “Tod im Mittelmeer 2009 e.V.”)
Moderation by Christian Jakob (taz)

After a small buffet, the THUNDERBIRDS from Carlow will be performing followed by more music from DJane ALEXA and DJ JOE LE TAXI. Let´s shake the societal circumstances and dance together! We are looking forward to seeing you! read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Deutschland

IRC and Relief International report reveals dire needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

The International Rescue Committee and Relief International carried out a multi-sector assessment to understand the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Only the second needs assessment of the Rohingya refugee crisis to be completed, it reveals the scale of the crisis faced by the estimated half a million people arriving in Bangladesh, fleeing conflict in Rakhine State. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Asien

Dichiarazione ecumenica di Lampedusa

Al termine della commemorazione del naufragio di Lampedusa è stata letta la Dichiarazione congiunta di chiese europee e organismi ecumenici. Le chiese europee si oppongono alla politica di chiusara e fanno un apello ai sui governi e alle instituzioni internazionali per passaggi sicuri e corridro uomanitari. read more

Language(s): Italienisch / Italiano
Region(s): Italien / Malta

Wie eine italienische Kleinstadt zum Auffangbecken für hunderte Flüchtlinge wurde

In der italienischen Küstenstadt Ventimiglia offenbaren sich die Folgen der EU-Abschottungspolitik. Hunderte von Migrant*innen versuchen täglich von dort aus die Grenze nach Frankreich zu überqueren. Für ihren Traum von einem besseren Leben nehmen sie jedes Risiko in Kauf. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Europäische Union

The web map told by migrants - Migratory routes from Sub-Saharan Countries to Europe

"EXODI is an interactive web map built using the testimonies of 2,600 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa collected over four years of activity (2014-2017) by the operators and volunteers of Medici per i Diritti Umani/Doctors for Human Rights (Medu)."

Please follow the link:
http://esodi.mediciperidirittiumani.org/en/#all

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Nordafrika, Europa, Afrika

Amnesty Report: Forced back to danger - Asylum-seekers returned from Europe to Afghanistan

"European governments return nearly 10,000 Afghans to risk of death and torture. At a time when civilian casualties in Afghanistan are at their highest levels on record, the new report says, European governments are forcing increasing numbers of asylum-seekers back to the dangers from which they fled, in brazen violation of international law. The new report, Forced Back to Danger: Asylum-Seekers Returned from Europe to Afghanistan, details harrowing cases of Afghans who have been returned from Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany only to be killed, injured in bomb attacks, or left to live in constant fear of being persecuted for their sexual orientation or conversion to Christianity."

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/10/european-governments-return-nearly-10000-afghans-to-risk-of-death-and-torture/ read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europa, Asien

The Alarm Phone 3 years on - In solidarity with migrants at sea!

Published on our third anniversary, in this brochure we reflect on the many experiences we have made as the WatchTheMed Alarm Phone in supporting people on the move between October 2014 and October 2017. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Griechenland / Türkei, Nordafrika, Europa

Situation of Readmitted Migrants and Refugees from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey Statement

After intensive negotiations between EU member states and Turkey between November 2015 and March 2016, EU and Turkey released a Statement on March 18, 2016 indicating their willingness to increase the cooperation to stop irregular migration to Europe. Little is known about the conditions of the migrants and refugees who were readmitted from Greece to Turkey after the EU-Turkey Statement. To fill this gap of knowledge from the field and have a better understanding of the effects of the Statement, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Migration Law Section conducted a research in the field. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei, Europäische Union

Gemeinsames Handeln gegen Grenzregime

Eine Konferenz berät in Tunis über die Abschottungspolitik der EU im Mittelmeerraum. Das Treffen soll ein erster Schritt zur besseren Vernetzung der gegen die EU-Abschottungspolitik aktiven Gruppen in Nordafrika und Europa sein. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Nordafrika, Europäische Union

Criminalization of flight after arrival – A publicity game for Italian authorities? – Interview with Borderline-Europe & Borderline Sicilia Onlus

The sister organizations borderline-europe in Sicily and borderline Sicily Onus are observing and documenting the situation directly from the ground as well documenting practices of institutions and private actors involved in migration reception in Sicily. ECRE talked to Lucia Borghi, staff of Borderline Sicilia Onlus and Judith Gleitze, head of the field office of borderline-europe in Sicily and part of the management board of the association with headquarter in Berlin. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Europäische Union, Europa

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