6-10 | In a report released today, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) once again calls on EU leaders to completely change their approach to migration and to stop intensifying their existing containment and deterrence policies, which are causing avoidable harm to the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants.
5-13 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announces today the relaunch of its search and rescue activities in the central Mediterranean Sea to save the lives of refugees and migrants attempting the deadly sea crossing from Libya. Since 2015, MSF medical teams working on search and rescue ships have witnessed with horror the human tragedy unfolding on Europe’s doorstep, as thousands of people drown at sea or are forcibly returned to horrific conditions in Libya.
11-19 | The last few days have produced one of the most lethal episodes in the central Mediterranean Sea so far this year, with more than 100 people dying at sea in four separate shipwrecks within less than 72 hours. Six NGO rescue ships remain blocked in port by Italian and European authorities, as MSF teams in Libya assisted three female survivors rescued by fishermen yesterday, after a wooden boat capsized to leave 20 others dead or missing in the water.
10-23 | More than a month since the search and rescue vessel Sea-Watch 4 was detained in Palermo, Italy, administrative blockages continue to prevent the vessel from returning to the central Mediterranean – said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today. The comments come as a legal appeal is lodged by Sea-Watch, the ship’s owners, with an Italian administrative court, challenging its continued detention. MSF works in collaboration with Sea-Watch on board the Sea-Watch 4, providing medical care and supporting with humanitarian assistance for rescued people.
8-6 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is to join Sea-Watch onboard the Sea-Watch 4, a new ship bound for lifesaving operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea. The collaboration has been urgently established as European member states brazenly exploit COVID-19 as an excuse to further curtail search and rescue activities, while perpetuating cycles of abuse in Libya and condemning people to drown by policies of deliberate non-assistance. “No human being should be left to drown, to sink beneath the waves,” says Oliver Behn, MSF Director of Operations.