“In countries across Europe, criminal law is increasingly being used as a weapon to punish and deter those seeking not to violate but to uphold standards of decency” – Frances Webber, Institute of Race Relations, London.
It was after the “summer of migration”, when young people in Berlin bought an old fish trawler they named IUVENTA… and set sail to the Mediterranean sea to rescue migrants and refugees in distress. They saved 14,000 lives at the European sea border – until their ship got confiscated about a year later. The Italian authorities accused them of colluding with smugglers, but criminal charges have not been issued to date. Researchers of London’s Goldsmiths University found the allegations far from reality. However, the prosecutors in Sicily have extended their investigations to ten crew members. If charged for aiding illegal immigration, the volunteers could face up to 20 years in jail.
The moving story was recorded by director Michele Cinque, who followed the lives of the protagonists over one year, from the first operation at sea to their criminalization. Europe has seen a series of court cases against humanitarian workers, activists stopping deportations, fishermen preventing deaths at sea. They all try to uphold standards of decency where states have failed to do so.
Along with the filmmaker, captain Pia Klemp and the crew’s lawyer Nicola Canestrini will be present at the panel discussion with the Members of EU Parliament Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL) and Dietmar Köster (S&D).
All are welcome to this film screening & debate
in Original Version with English subtitles
Room ASP 1G2
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