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27 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Los operativos contra traficantes de inmigrantes deben respetar las leyes de derechos humanos

26 DE MAYO DE 2015

(Bruselas) – Las acciones militares de la Unión Europea (UE) contra las redes de tráfico de personas no deben poner en peligro las vidas y los derechos de los migrantes y solicitantes de asilo en peligro, dijo hoy Human Rights Watch. El 18 de mayo de 2015, el Consejo de la Unión Europea acordó crear una operación naval, EUNAVFOR Med, para identificar, capturar y destruir los barcos usados por los traficantes de inmigrantes en el Mediterráneo.

04 May 2015 description

Malta, 4 May 2015: This weekend more than 6000 people were rescued in several operations on the Mediterranean Sea while making the treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe. Three hundred and sixty nine of those were rescued by the MY Phoenix a search and rescue vessel run in partnership by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). Early Monday morning an additional 104 people were rescued with the assistance of the MY Phoenix team and transferred onto a commercial vessel.

24 Apr 2015 description

GINEBRA, 23 de abril de 2015 (ACNUR) – La agencia de la ONU para los refugiados se sumó este jueves a otros organismos en un llamamiento a los líderes europeos para que antepongan la vida, los derechos y la dignidad humana cuando lleguen a un acuerdo hoy sobre la respuesta conjunta a la crisis humanitaria en el Mediterráneo.

23 Apr 2015 description

Genève, 23 avril (HCR) – L'agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a appelé jeudi – conjointement avec d'autres organisations – les dirigeants européens à prioritairement sauver des vies ainsi que garantir les droits et la dignité, dans leur réponse commune à la crise humanitaire en Méditerranée.

21 Apr 2015 description

Riga, Latvia | AFP | Tuesday 4/21/2015 - 18:32 GMT

The European Commission on Tuesday urged EU members to tackle the health challenges posed by the influx of asylum seekers in the Mediterranean, including sharing hospital resources.

"The emergency is there, now, it's concrete," Commission official Ladislav Miko told reporters in Latvia's capital Riga.

There was "suffering which needs to be addressed very fast," he added.

20 Apr 2015 description

GENÈVE, 20 avril (HCR) – Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés António Guterres a exprimé sa consternation après le tout dernier naufrage en mer Méditerranée. Des centaines de personnes seraient portées disparues.

20 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 20 avril 2015 (IRIN) - Il ne fait aucun doute que l’augmentation estivale du nombre de traversées de la Méditerranée par les migrants à déjà commencé. Le weekend dernier, les autorités italiennes ont en effet secouru 8 500 migrants et signalé la mort de près de 400 autres.

20 Apr 2015 description

GINEBRA, 19 de abril de 2015 (ACNUR) – El Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, António Guterres, expresó hoy su consternación por el último naufragio en el Mediterráneo, y por los cientos de vidas que habría cobrado.

Según la última información recibida por parte de las autoridades de Malta, tan sólo 50 de las 700 personas que se estimaba estaban a bordo, habrían sido rescatadas.

19 Apr 2015 description

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today expressed his shock at the latest boat capsizing on the Mediterranean, and the hundreds of lives reported to have been lost.

As of a short time ago, according to information from the Maltese authorities, only around 50 of the 700 reported to be aboard, had been rescued.

19 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 11:34 GMT


As many as 700 migrants were feared drowned Sunday after their packed boat capsized off Libya in what was described as the deadliest such disaster to date in the Mediterranean.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and Italy's coastguard said only 28 people had survived the wreck. Their testimonies suggested there had been about 700 people on board the 20-metre (70-foot) fishing boat, officials said.

16 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

By Carolina Montenegro and Kristy Siegfried

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have perished, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way.

04 Mar 2015 description

United Nations agencies are meeting in London today (Wednesday, 4 March) to discuss concerted ways to address the high numbers of lives being lost at sea in unsafe craft, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea, where hundreds of people are reported to have died in recent weeks alone on dangerous and unregulated sea passages.

13 Feb 2015 description

The migration flow at sea increased dramatically in 2014 and large flows of migrants will continue in the Mediterranean in 2015. NRC and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association calls for European and international solutions to avoid further humanitarian disasters at sea.

Joint statement by the NRC and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association - January 2015

22 Jan 2015 description

22/01/2015 - 16:47 GMT

L'armée maltaise a annoncé jeudi avoir secouru en mer et mis en quarantaine 87 migrants en provenance d'Afrique, qui étaient à bord d'un canot pneumatique et ont dit avoir jeté par dessus bord une vingtaine de leurs compagnons morts pendant le périple.

Ces clandestins, tous des hommes, qui ont déclaré être originaires du Burkina Faso, du Mali, de Guinée et de Côte d'Ivoire, ont été placés en quarantaine pour 21 jours, par crainte du virus Ebola même si aucun d'eux ne présentait les symptômes de la maladie.

22 Jan 2015 description

1/22/2015 - 16:09 GMT

Nearly 90 migrants rescued at sea by the Maltese navy were on Thursday being held in quarantine as a precaution against Ebola, after 20 others reportedly died during the journey and were thrown overboard.

Charles Mallia Azzopardi, who heads the national Ebola Response Unit, told a press briefing that the 87 migrants were being held in isolation "as a precaution" after one of the passengers said he was from Guinea.

10 Dec 2014 description

VALETTA (10 December 2014) – Malta needs to step up its preparation for the foreseeable number of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea and arriving at its external borders, United Nations human rights expert François Crépeau has warned today. He urged European countries to support Malta’s efforts and “shoulder their share of responsibilities”

03 Dec 2014 description

GENEVA (3 December 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Malta from 6 to 10 December 2014 as follow-up to his 2012 year-long study on the management of the external borders of the European Union.

“Given Malta’s proximity to North Africa, Malta is a key entry point for those wishing to reach Europe,” Mr. Crépeau said. “Understanding how this maritime border is managed, and their impact on the human rights of migrants, will be an essential part of the visit to Malta.’’

13 Nov 2014 description

11/13/2014 - 04:11 GMT

The way she tell its, Regina Catrambone is just a regular Italian Catholic.

"I go to church, I pray, but I'm not a religious freak," says the joint founder of MOAS, a unique humanitarian venture that owes its existence to a combination of Pope Francis's inspirational turn of phrase and a chance encounter with a winter coat separated from its owner in tragic circumstances.

MOAS stands for Migrant Offshore Aid Station. Essentially, it is a boat, albeit a pretty sophsticated one.

31 Oct 2014 description

GENEVA (30 October 2014) – Allowing people to die at Europe’s borders just because of their administrative status is a complete disregard for the value of human life, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, said today urging the British authorities to reconsider its decision not support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.