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this collection below  is dedicated to the SAR  NGOs risking their own lives to rescue the souls of children, women and men from drowning in the sea – I want to and I feel the need to thank them for defending  Human Rights.

Their operations wouldn’t be necessary if there was a #SafePassage or #SafeAndLegalRoutes

-last updated end July 2017 –

petition en/de:

End EU-financed violence against refugees and migrants by the Libyan Coastguard!

EU-finanzierte Gewalt gegen Flüchtende durch Libysche Küstenwache beenden!


Proactiva Open Arms

is a non-governmental organization from Badalona/Catalonia (north Barcelona, Spain) whose main mission is to rescue refugees from the sea that arrive in Europe fleeing wars, persecution or poverty. Born from a rescue and first aid at sea company with extensive experience in the Spanish coasts.
Founded on 16 September 2015

ships: ASTRAL, GolfoAzzurro



Salvamento Marítimo Humanitario (SMH)

We are a group of people linked to the emergencies, who is involved in tasks of sea-watch, rescue and health care. In response to the humanitarian crisis in the Aegean Sea (Greece) in November 2015, we created the Humanitarian Maritime Rescue Association (SMH in Spanish) to help and assist people who find no other way than risking their lives by crossing the sea.  Our aim is to preserve the lives of people under the principles of volunteerism, solidarity, humanity, universality, equality, impartiality and dignity. Today, in addition to the ground actions and training of our volunteers, we do also carry out awareness campaigns on Human Rights



International Maritime Rescue Federation – IMRF 

is the international charity focussed on preventing loss of life in the world’s waters. We work with Government and Non-Government SAR Organisations to achieve this.

We now have 112 organisations in 48 countries paying a subscription as members of the IMRF and working together to reduce the loss of life. The membership includes Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres, Coast Guards and Volunteer response organisations.


Jugend Rettet e.V.

We’re young people who collect donations for sea rescue. With our ship IUVENTA we rescue people in maritime emergency on the Mediterranean. Support us!
As young Europeans we cannot – and don’t want to – accept the status quo of the European asylum policies. Of the political actors we demand to ease the distress of refugees and to offer practical help. We need a program focussing on rescue from maritime emergency and we need to decriminalise the seek for asylum and refugees.
Instead people are kept away from ‘Fortress Europe’ by newly built walls and are generally restricted in their mobility – we oppose those measures.




Der Verein Sea-Eye e.V. hat sich  der Aufgabe der Seenotrettung verschrieben.
Dafür wurden zwei 26 Meter lange ehemalige Fischkutter gekauft.
Die hochseetauglichen Schiffe “Sea-Eye” und “Seefuchs” wurden für den Zweck der Seenotrettung umgerüstet und sind nun auf Fahrt vor der libyschen Küste, wo sich die meisten Flüchtlinge auf ihrer lebensgefährlichen „Reise“ befinden.
Primäres Ziel wird dabei sein, die Menschen überhaupt erst einmal zu finden, SOS abzusetzen und eine professionelle Hilfe einzuleiten.
Bis dahin besteht die Aufgabe in der Überlebenssicherung der Flüchtlinge, soweit irgend möglich.

Buschheuer May 2016: ” ..We have an organisation which rescues people in distress from the sea. Full stop. That is all we wish to do. We all have in common that we do not want to let people drown.. ”


Sea-Watch e.V.

was founded as a non-governmental organisation 19 of May 2015 and is formally registered as a non-profit organisation in Berlin.

Since the year 2000 more than 23.000 people died trying to reach Europe’s shores. After the end of the Mare Nostrum operation in the Mediterranean Sea three business partners from Germany decided to found the nonprofit NGO Sea-Watch e.V. We are acting politically, economically and religiously independently

Ships: Sea-Watch 1, Sea-Watch 2


Save The Children

2016 was the deadliest year on record for those crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Right now, children are fleeing bullets, poverty, persecution and the growing impact of climate change, only to drown in European waters. In 2016, Save the Children was able to rescue 435 children at sea because of the generosity of supporters like you. This year, Save the Children’s ship, the Vos Hestia, is once again operating out of its port in Sicily — fully equipped to save the lives of innocent migrants and refugees.



Humanitarian Pilots Initiative

Humanitarian Pilots Initiative (HPI) ist eine Schweizer Initiative von engagierten Piloten und Supportern, die ihre Fähigkeiten für humanitäre Zwecke einsetzen – unabhängig von Politik, Religion, Ethnie oder Nationalität.

SEENOTRETTUNG:  Gemäss dem UNO-Flüchtlingshilfswerk UNHCR ertranken im Jahr 2016 über 5000 Menschen bei ihrer Flucht im Mittelmeer. Boote in desolaten Zuständen, fehlende Navigationsmöglichkeiten und zu spät eintreffende Rettungskräfte sind unter anderem die Ursachen für Flüchtlingsdramen, wie sie mehrfach dokumentiert sind. Um das Flüchtlingssterben einzudämmen, engagieren sich rund um das Mittelmeer verschiedene staatliche und zivile Hilfsorganisationen. In diesem Kontext übernimmt HPI die Aufgabe der zivilen Luftaufklärung.




ist eine europäische Nichtregierungsorganisation zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger im Mittelmeer.

Sie hat sich 2015 auf Initiative von Handelsschiffkapitän Klaus Vogel und der Leiterin humanitärer Projekte, Sophie Beau, gegründet.
Seit Februar 2016 ist sie gemeinsam mit Ärzte ohne Grenzen mit dem Rettungsschiff Aquarius im Mittelmeer im Einsatz. Bis Mitte Februar ist SOS MEDITERRANEE über 13.oo0 Menschen zur Hilfe gekommen.

Die Aquarius ist als ziviles Rettungsschiff den gesamten Winter über im Einsatz und rettet Menschen aus akuter Seenot. Die gemeinnützige Organisation finanziert sich ausschließlich durch Spenden.



Human Rights at Sea

Independent Research, Investigation and Advocacy for Maritime Human Rights Our Mission: To explicitly raise awareness, implementation and accountability of human rights provisions throughout the maritime environment, especially where they are currently absent, ignored or being abused. Our Vision: To become a leading independent maritime human rights platform. Human Rights at Sea is a Registered Charity in England and Wales



International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR)

This 1979 Convention .. was aimed at developing an international SAR plan, so that, no matter where an accident occurs, the rescue of persons in distress at sea will be co-ordinated by a SAR organization and, when necessary, by co-operation between neighbouring SAR organizations.

IOM – January 2015: RESCUE AT SEA  –


published in February 2017 by Human Rights at Sea



 Migrant Offshore Aid Station –  MOAS

We believe that no one deserves to die at sea – and we are working hard to ensure that no one does.

In the past two decades, tens of thousands of men, women and children – mostly refugees escaping violence, persecution and hardship – have lost their lives at sea while searching for a better life.

We are proud to have rescued over 30,000 people from the world’s deadliest maritime migration routes.

Established in response to the humanitarian disaster in October 2013, in which some 400 men, women and children drowned off the island of Lampedusa, MOAS has grown rapidly. Our rescue operations are carried out by professional search and rescue officers, operations specialists, and post-rescue care providers, while a team of skilled professionals in fundraising, communications and development oversee administration.

expedition vessels  Phoenix, Topaz Responder



Boat Refugee Foundation / Stichting Bootvluchteling

sailed the international waters between Libya and Italy with a rescue ship [GolfoAzzurro] for six weeks in 2016. In this period, we rescued more than 1,500 children and adults from drowning in the sea.
During our rescue mission, we strictly operated on behalf of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome – the government agency coordinating the rescue missions. It is a legal requirement and part of good seamanship to offer help to people in need at sea. Not helping is not an option. We are aware of the rumors about possible contacts and illegal transports between refugees and the ships of NGOs. However, since we operated our rescue missions strictly through the MRCC, we were not confronted with this type of contacts.

Starting in 2017, our mission focus will be on professionalizing our medical and psychosocial aid in the refugee camps on Samos and Lesbos. Therefore, we will not organize rescue operations on the Mediterranean Sea but instead provide essential aid at the refugee camps. Throughout the course of 2017, we will continuously evaluate the aid that is needed for boat refugees and if necessary, we will consider to relaunch a rescue operation mission again together with the MRCC.


Médecins Sans Frontières- Ärzte ohne Grenzen MSF

Jedes Jahr versuchen Hunderttausende Menschen auf der Flucht vor Gewalt, Unsicherheit und Verfolgung in ihren Heimatländern nach Europa zu gelangen. Auf der gefährlichen Reise über Nordafrika und das Mittelmeer verlieren dabei unzählige ihr Leben. Die europäische Politik führt zu einer dramatischen Verschärfung dieser so genannten Flüchtlingskrise. Die Menschen werden zur gefährlichen Flucht über das Mittelmeer gedrängt. Dort starben 2016 mehr als 5.000 Menschen. Um Leben zu retten, organisiert Ärzte ohne Grenzen Such- und Rettungsaktionen. Im letzten Jahr haben wir so über 30.000 Menschen in Seenot geholfen.

vessels Dignity 1, Bourbon Argos, Aquarius


Hellenistic Rescue Team

Who we are : Hellenic Rescue Team is a non-governmental organization, whose members participate in Search and Rescue missions on a voluntary basis since 1994.

The aims of the Organization are mainly: to provide assistance to the community in the form of humanitarian missions, first aid, life support, risk prevention, preparedness and training in research, rescue in Greece and abroad ..

ships “Nansen”, “Odin”, “Europe” and “Aegean




Aiming to deter migrants from crossing the Mediterranean, the EU and its member states pulled back from rescue at sea at the end of 2014, leading to record numbers of deaths. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were forced to deploy their own rescue missions in a desperate attempt to fill this gap and reduce casualties. Today, NGOs are under attack, wrongly accused of ‘colluding with smugglers’, ‘constituting a pull-factor’ and ultimately endangering migrants. This report refutes these accusations through empirical analysis. It is written to avert a looming catastrophe: if NGOs are forced to stop or reduce their operations, many more lives will be lost to the sea.


very strange accusations made by Tyler Durden on 5 December 2016
NGOs are smuggling immigrants into Europe on an industrial scale
based on an article published on Gefira on 4 December 2016
NGOs are smuggling immigrants into Europe on an industrial scale  including a comment by Hans Peter Buscheuer from Sea-Eye – and (that was fascinating) showing details by most vessels used by the SAR NGOs on Marine Traffic


Monitor – 15.06.2017

Aggressiv und rücksichtlos: Das brutale Vorgehen der libyschen Küstenwache

der Beitrags-Text als pdf



08 March 2017  -University of Oxford:

“.. In this post, we present analyses from a number of new and recent data sources on migrant arrivals and migrant deaths, covering the period between 2010 and 2016. ..”

Border Deaths in the Mediterranean: What We Can Learn from the Latest Data



19 June 2017 – Human Rights Watch:

EU: Shifting Rescue to Libya Risks Lives



16 MAY 2017  –

no evidence against the NGOs was found:

Senato della Republicca [The Senate of the Republic] Document approved by the 4th Permanent Commission at the end of the survey on the contribution of Italian military forces to the control of migratory flows in the Mediterranean and the impact of the activities of non-governmental organizations

Doc conclusivo 4a C.p.su controllo flussi migratori mediterraneo, attività ONG

the full document DOC. XVII, N. 9  as pdf




27.06 2017 – Tagesschau -Faktenfinder

Keine Beweise für Vorwürfe gegen NGO



Forensic Architecture (FA) is a research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London, that undertakes advanced architectural and media research on behalf of international prosecutors, human rights organisations, as well as political and environmental justice groups.

report “The Left-to-Die Boat” proving there is no ‘pull-factor’ by the #SAR_NGOs




02 Juli 2017 – Forschungsgesellschaft Flucht & Migration