press release 10.08.2019

SEEBRÜCKE demands: Germany must take over all the rescued on board “Open Arms”! 86 German municipalities are available as safe harbours.

The Spanish rescue ship “Open Arms” rescued additional 39 people in distress at sea tonight. This reaches the total of 160 who urgently need a safe harbour. Malta is only prepared to allow the disembarkation of 39 people rescued in its territorial waters. For the remaining 121 there has been no solution for nine days.

“Malta’s denial to provide a safe harbour is inhumane and deliberately provokes a serious humanitarian crisis on board “Open Arms”, jeopardising the safety of the ship, its crew and those rescued. For more than a week, people have been held captive on the ship because, time and again, the European states have been unable to reach an permanent agreement on their reception. There is no justification for this cynical game at the cost of the people seeking shelter,” said Maileen Hintze from the SEEBRÜCKE movement.

The SEEBRÜCKE emphasizes Germany’s duty to act immediately.

“The Federal Ministry of the Interior must announce without further delay that 121 people should be brought to Germany. A total of 86 German communes are ready to provide a save harbour for the refugees. No rescued person has to be stranded on board of a rescue ship for days or even weeks. No more political games at the expense of human lives! The time to help is now.”, demands Hintze.

The SEEBRÜCKE is a broad grassroots movement that advocates sea rescue, safe passage to Europe and a permanent reception of refugees in Germany.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Maileen Hintze

press@seebruecke.org