UN criticizes Salvini opposition to illegal migration

The United Nations confirmed their human rights experts have reiterated criticism expressed in a letter sent to Italy over the government’s proposal for a new decree on security. #Italy: UN experts condemn a draft law by interior minister, Matteo Salvini, to fine those who rescue migrants and refugees at sea. They urge the Government to…

Migrant vessel captain escapes imprisonment

The captain of a illegal migrants rescue ship received fine of €10,000  by a Maltese court, after being found guilty of intruding into national waters almost one year ago without respecting procedures for crossing state borders. In issuing the fine, the court recommended that the funds be  used for charitable migrants causes. “The court is…

NGOs attack Castaner over collusion with smugglers

“My comment on the role of NGOs is unambiguous. […] I have never questioned the sincerity of NGOs”, said French Minister of Interior Christophe Castaner in a video posted on his Twitter micro blog, while ensuring that his statements, concerning NGOs were based on “facts“. “It is documented that in some cases there have been de facto interactions…

Sea-Watch blames EU for migrant piracy

Malta informed its navy has seized control of a tanker ship hijacked by migrants in the Mediterranean, according to a government statement. (Image above: illustration). 📝PRESS RELEASE: #ELHIBRU1 yesterday boarded by @Armed_Forces_MT in #Malta 🇲🇹waters & escorted to MT after report by captain of threats to to change course & enter MT illegally. 100 immigrants disembarked,…

Lifeline vessel docks in Malta

A NGO vessel Lifeline with 233 illegal migrants from Libyan coasts on board stranded in the Mediterranean since Friday, June 22 will finally dock in Malta, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said. The vessel was rejected by Italy, under policies of fighting illegal migration and human trafficking  conducted by Interior minister Matteo Salvini. 📝PRESS RELEASE –…

V4 declines EU attempts to reach informal deal on migration

Today in Brussels the leaders from 17 member states have attended an  informal Summit on Migration, while  Hungary’s Prime minister, Viktor Orbán, announced his country and three other Visegrad (V4) Four members would boycott the meeting. With the decision of V4 countries to deny EU their support in migrants relocation policy, the European crisis on the issue…

‘Aquarius’ continues to rescue migrants in Libyan waters

According to the information released by #Aquarius vessel crew they rescued 73 men, women and children from a rubber boat in international waters off of #Libya. Everyone is safely onboard, the vessel continues partoling. Image: illustration. BREAKING: This morning the #Aquarius has rescued 73 men, women and children from a rubber boat in distress in international…

Russia ‘foreign agent’ label reduces access to information

“The “foreign agent” legislation goes against Russia’s human rights obligations and commitments, and the extension of its scope to foreign media, in addition to its existing application to Russian NGOs, is a further threat to free and independent media and to access to information, and yet another attempt to shrink the space for independent voices in Russia.”…

Hundreds of migrants rescued in Libya waters

Aquarius, the vessel of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), saved 421 migrants, mostly from Eritrea. There is no further information in what European port they will bring the migrants. #Aquarius now has 421 people on board from today's rescue, with over 40% females. There are 60 unaccompanied minors & 26 kids under 13-years-old – the youngest just 3-days-old….

Russian ‘foreign agent’ accused of ignoring law

“The criminal charges brought against activist Valentina Cherevatenko, a leader in the NGO “Union of Women of Don”, represent the first criminal case opened under the “foreign agents” law in Russia,” – says the  statement of the  European External Action service. “The practice of declaring NGOs as “foreign agents” restricts civil society and impedes the…