Publications

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  • SOLIDARITY WITH EL HIBLU 3

    Human Rights Defenders Award on the 13th of April, crucial Court session on the 30th of May 2024 Coalition for the El Hiblu 3 At the end of last year, the Attorney General kept the accusation of “terrorism” in the bill of indictment against the El Hiblu 3 (see our Reports in Echoes No. 10). […]

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  • UNITED AGAINST RACISM AND FACISM – NOW MORE THAN EVER!

    We’ll Come United invites all to an anti-racist conference from April 26 to 28, 2024 in Frankfurt. The huge, Germany-wide protests against the extreme right impressively show that millions of people stand against Nazis and racist politics. At the same time, the Ampel-government is carrying out an unprecedented policy of deportation and exclusion. Basic rights […]

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  • ITALY ESCALATES OBSTRUCTION OF CIVIL SEARCH AND RESCUE

    Joint press release by United4Rescue, Sea-Watch, SOS Humanity and Sea-Eye Within the last week, the Italian government has detained three NGO rescue ships flying the German flag. The Humanity 1, the Sea-Watch 5 and the Sea-Eye 4 are being prevented from carrying out their life-saving work on the basis of false accusations. For the first […]

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  • REPORT OF COMMEMORACTIONS

    CommemorAction is a blended word encompassing both commemoration and action. It emphasizes both the commitment to remembering those who died or disappeared in their pursuit of freedom of movement and the demand for justice. Picture: CommemorAction in Tanger, Morocco On February 6, 2014 more than 200 people left from the Moroccan coast and tried to […]

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  • HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS’ CAMPAIGN: FIRST STEPS TOWARDS A SAFE EVACUATION FROM LIBYA

    Refugees in Libya and the supporting alliance held a two-day event on first steps towards a campaign for safe evacuation from Libya on January 26-27, 2024 in Bologna. Picture: Alliance with Refugees in Libya – Assembly in Bologna in January 2024 The kick-off event in Bologna for the evacuation of the 221 Human Rights Defenders […]

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  • NOTES FROM TRAPANI – UNEXPECTED TWIST IN THE CASE AGAINST THE IUVENTA CREW

    IUVENTA crew The case against the IUVENTA crew, MSF, STC, and VROON has shifted. On February 28th, the prosecutor’s office unexpectedly requested dropping the charges, potentially ending the trial and allowing for the return of confiscated goods, including the IUVENTA. The prosecution justified its “change of mind” by the lack of evidence. The cross-examination of […]

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  • “SARA MARDINI – SEAN BINDER”: A FIRST BIG VICTORY

    Iasonas Apostolopoulos, Witness of Defense Finally, after 5.5 years, the first phase of the trial is over! On 30th January 2024, they were all found innocent at the Lesvos Court of Appeal! The trial is referred to as the largest case of criminalisation of solidarity in Europe, with 37 initial defendants, 24 identified, and five […]

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  • ITALY-ALBANIA PROTOCOL: A NEW ATTEMPT OF BORDER EXTERNALISATION

    Francesca Bocchini, EMERGENCY On 6 November 2023, the Italian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Albania to enhance bilateral cooperation on migration matters. Albania has committed to devote areas of its own territory to the establishment of facilities fully managed and financed by Italy. These areas are considered as Italian border zones and fall […]

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  • COMICS “LEFT TO DROWN”

    This short comics “Left to drown” is based on the real-life accounts of 13 survivors who were found adrift on a flimsy rubber boat in the Central Mediterranean by MSF in June 2023. When the Geo Barents arrived, people reported that one person had gone overboard and is believed to have died. The Maltese and […]

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  • CIVIL FLEET: OVER A YEAR OF OPERATION TIME LOST!

    SOS Humanity In conjunction with the new law which it passed in January 2023, the far-right Italian government has been systematically assigning distant ports for disembarkation to rescue ships for over a year, in order to actively hinder their work. As this clearly violates EU and international law, in April 2023, several SAR NGOs filed […]

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