Europe is closed.
Borders are closed, migrants die trying to come to Europe or are returned to Libyan camps, financed by the EU and in violation of international law. There are no safe entry routes. Anyone who succeeds in doing so will be placed in inhumane conditions. People who try to help are criminalised. Deterrence is the goal.
Countless migrants are stopped daily at the EU border. This denies them the right to apply for asylum in Europe. Frontex, coastguards of various countries and Nato operate largely in secrecy. Push backs, pull backs and fatal accidents are the order of the day.
Mare Liberum is a civilian observer in the Aegean who resists and does not leave the field to state actors alone. With our ship we document their search and rescue operations, assaults, pushbacks and pullbacks: because we want to see what they are trying to hide from us.
Since August 2017 the rescue vessel IUVENTA has been confiscated in Sicily. It was previously deployed in the central Mediterranean off the Libyan coast to rescue refugees at sea. The crews of Iuventa have rescued over 14,000 people in distress at sea. Now they are under investigation. The accusation: aiding and abetting illegal immigration! The sentence amounts to up to twenty years in prison.
We want to inform you about the current developments at the EU’s external borders. Using the example of the Iuventa crew, we show how humanitarian aid workers are currently being criminalised in Europe and what role fascist structures play in this.
-Mare Liberum in cooperation with the Seebrücke Lüneburg and the PENG!_Referat of the AstA