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Appeal to the Government representatives at the Paris Conference: Urgent call for safe evacuation for migrants in Tripoli

To the Government representatives gathered in Paris for the conference on the situation in Libya

 

We address the Government representatives gathered today, 12th November 2021, in Paris, at the summit on the situation in Libya.
No process of stabilisation and democratisation in a country ravaged by divisions and confrontations between internal and foreign militias can ever be achieved without the EU States and the UN taking full responsibility for the respect of human rights.

For almost 50 days, about 3,000 migrant refugees have been camped outside the UNHCR offices in Tripoli, demanding to be evacuated to safe countries to escape the tortures, rapes and violence of all kinds to which they are subjected in Libyan detention camps.

This appeal has already been signed by many European civil society organisations, and many more will sign it over the next few days.
We now present this appeal to you, who have the power to save, or to condemn to death, innocent people.
Make your decision now. You will have to answer to history.

Urgent appeal to support refugee protests in Tripoli

Thousands of refugees stranded in Libya are demonstrating in front of the UNHCR headquarter in Tripoli. The protest started at the beginning of October 2021, following mass raids and arrests of refugees in Tripoli’s neighbourhoods and homes. The protesters are survivors of human rights violations, torture, arbitrary detentions, persecutions, and extortions that regularly take place in Libya. Many are also the survivors of violent pushbacks to Libya.

The global public as well as EU member states and institutions are all well aware of these atrocities. Faced with this situation, which has been ongoing for too many years, refugees in Tripoli have decided to self-organise and make their voices heard: they demand the end to this violence and the immediate evacuation to a safe place. They defy fear and the risk of violent repression, and they make their struggle for freedom heard around the world.

The refugee protesters in Tripoli state:

We are calling on the authorities and the whole world to recognize us as humans, respect and protect our rights. And the Libyan authorities should respect and apply the international law of seeking asylum applicable in Africa. We are victims of civil wars, we are victims fleeing religious and political persecutions, amongst us are those seeking decent life, education and freedom to live humanly. But the Italian authorities and the EU member states have been only aggravating our sorrowful souls, by paying the Libyan authorities and its militia groups publicly and in the backdoors to kill us while in the desert, on the sea and in horrible concentration camps. All these have been a violation to human rights and a crime against humanity. Libya today is a cemetery to thousands of innocent refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants fleeing unbearable situations in their countries of origin. And the idea or the political will was and is fully accepted and funded by the Italian authorities and EU member states. We call on the Italian authorities and EU member states pouring funds to Libya to make sure that their actions and political wills do not harm us and violate our rights. And to make sure that the forcible deportation to the Libyan inhumane detention centers then to countries of origin is stopped. We also call on them to cooperate with the Libyan authorities to close all detention centers in Libya and set free our brothers and sisters who are currently detained in inhumane conditions, being extorted, raped, tortured and killed.

We stand in solidarity with the protestors! Most urgently, together with them, we demand the immediate evacuation of the refugees stranded in Libya to countries of safety, in Europe. Many municipalities and cities throughout Europe have declared their willingness to welcome newcomers and offer them prospects to live dignified lives. EU institutions and member states, cooperating with international organisations, have the responsibility to end these atrocities now, and they have enough resources and capacities to ensure immediate evacuations.

NOW is the time for the international community to act. Recognize the refugees living and struggling in Libya as humans. Respect their rights and listen to their demands.

Alarm Phone and MEDITERRANEA Saving Humans

 

>> Please support this solidarity statement and sign it by emailing us here:solidarityreflibya(att)gmail.com

 

List of signatures:

Organisations:

Afrique-Europe-Interact
Alarmephone Sahara
All Included Amsterdam
Borderline-Europe Human Rights without Borders
Flüchtlingsrat Hamburg e.V.
Forschungsgesellschaft Flucht und Migration
Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie e.V.
Kritnet (Network for Critical Border and Migration Regime Research)
Medico International
Migration-Control
Salvamento Marítimo Humanitario – SMH
Sea-Eye e.V.
Sea-Watch e.V.
Seebrücke – Schafft sichere Häfen

 

Individuals:

Andy Anisere
Aldo Ciani
Alessandra Corrado, Università della Calabria
Paolo Cuttitta, IDPS – Université Sorbonne Paris Nord
Paula Edling
Stefanie Mürbe, Flüchtlingsrat Sachsen-Anhalt e.V.
Timothy Perkins
Matthew Stadler, The Polity of Literature
Annika Stich
Miguel Urbán Crespo (Member of the European Parliament, The Left)
Paula Wunsch

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MEDreport October 2021

curated by di Silvia Decina, Gabriele Suriano and Sara Tosoni

In October, the number of people who found themselves forced to flee, to cross the Mediterranean and who managed to arrive in Italy amounted to 7,108. Since the beginning of this year, the number of people arriving in Italy has been 53,399.

Over a thousand people were rescued thanks to the rescue of civilian ships. In addition, over 1,800 people managed to reach the island of Lampedusa independently. Illegal push-backs by the so-called Libyan Coast Guard also continued this month: over 1,700 people intercepted and rejected in Libya.

Furthermore, this month, Agrigento’s Public Prosecutor requests the competent Judge of Preliminary Investigation drop all charges and completely acquit the Commander of the humanitarian ship, Mare Jonio, and Mediterranea Saving Humans’ Head of Mission for the rescue carried out on May 29, 2019. Once again, the dismissal is requested for the absurd accusation of aiding and abetting illegal immigration. But there is more: for the Prosecutor of Agrigento, the so-called Libyan Coast Guard, financed by the Italian government, cannot help anyone, because in reality they capture and deport.

Read the full report for October 2021 (link to download):
Data based on information provided by the Ministry of the Interior’s Department of Civil Liberties and Immigration.
These data refer to landing events recorded by 8:00 a.m. on October 31, 2021.
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EVACUATION TO SAFETY NOW!

Urgent call to support the refugee protests in Tripoli

 

Thousands of refugees stranded in Libya are demonstrating in front of the UNHCR headquarter in Tripoli. The protest started at the beginning of October 2021, following mass raids and arrests of refugees in Tripoli’s neighbourhoods and homes. The protesters are survivors of human rights violations, torture, arbitrary detentions, persecutions, and extortions that regularly take place in Libya. Many are also the survivors of violent pushbacks to Libya.

 

The global public as well as EU member states and institutions are all well aware of these atrocities. Faced with this situation, which has been ongoing for too many years, refugees in Tripoli have decided to self-organise and make their voices heard: they demand the end to this violence and the immediate evacuation to a safe place. They defy fear and the risk of violent repression, and they make their struggle for freedom heard around the world.

The refugee protesters in Tripoli state:

“We are calling on the authorities and the whole world to recognize us as humans, respect and protect our rights. And the Libyan authorities should respect and apply the international law of seeking asylum applicable in Africa. We are victims of civil wars, we are victims fleeing religious and political persecutions, amongst us are those seeking decent life, education and freedom to live humanly. But the Italian authorities and the EU member states have been only aggravating our sorrowful souls, by paying the Libyan authorities and its militia groups publicly and in the backdoors to kill us while in the desert, on the sea and in horrible concentration camps. All these have been a violation to human rights and a crime against humanity. Libya today is a cemetery to thousands of innocent refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants fleeing unbearable situations in their countries of origin. And the idea or the political will was and is fully accepted and funded by the Italian authorities and EU member states. We call on the Italian authorities and EU member states pouring funds to Libya to make sure that their actions and political wills do not harm us and violate our rights. And to make sure that the forcible deportation to the Libyan inhumane detention centers then to countries of origin is stopped. We also call on them to cooperate with the Libyan authorities to close all detention centers in Libya and set free our brothers and sisters who are currently detained in inhumane conditions, being extorted, raped, tortured and killed.”

We stand in solidarity with the protestors! Most urgently, together with them, we demand the immediate evacuation of the refugees stranded in Libya to countries of safety, in Europe. Many municipalities and cities throughout Europe have declared their willingness to welcome newcomers and offer them prospects to live dignified lives. EU institutions and member states, cooperating with international organisations, have the responsibility to end these atrocities now, and they have enough resources and capacities to ensure immediate evacuations.

NOW is the time for the international community to act. Recognize the refugees living and struggling in Libya as humans. Respect their rights and listen to their demands.

 

Alarm Phone and MEDITERRANEA Saving Humans

 

>>> Please support this solidarity statement and sign it by emailing us here:solidarityreflibya(att)gmail.com

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Refugees in Libya – Presse conference, 28.10.2021

After the barbaric rounding up by the Libyan police against asylum seekers and refugees in the neighborhood of #Gargaresh, some thousands of people have started “Refugees in Libya”, an unprecedented experience of self-organization and struggle.

Their permanent garrison in front of the UNHCR headquarters in Tripoli has been going on for almost a month: they demand the immediate evacuation from Tripoli of all migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and demand rights and dignity!

Mediterranea Saving Humans and Amnesty International Italy organized a virtual press conference to give voice to “Refugees in Libya”.

David (24, South Sudan) and Magit (25, Senegal) told and showed to the world the unacceptable living conditions of thousands of women, men and children: the poor hygienic conditions, the difficulties in collecting food, the fears of possible attacks by the police, the tensions and the pain for the disappearance of a boy hit by a hit-and-run car.

We need an immediate safe evacuation for all people in danger!
Italy, European Union and the whole world listen to this cry for help!

There is no time to lose!

#evacuaterefugeesfromlibya

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Press conference with REFUGEES in LIBYA – fighting for evacuation in Tripoli

After the brutal crackdown on migrants, asylum seekers and refugees a month ago in Gargaresh, one of the slums of the Libyan capital, thousands of refugees have set up a permanent protest outside the offices of the UNHCR in Tripoli demanding the respect of human rights and dignity for refugees in Libya. For the last 25 days they have been calling for an end to the violence and evacuation from the country. They have formed the “RefugeesinLibya Assembly”, an unprecedented experience of self-organisation and struggle that wants to show the world the unacceptable conditions of women, men and children forced into detention camps and captured and deported if they try to escape by sea.

MEDITERRANEA Saving Humans and Amnesty International Italy believe it is important to give the floor to the people in Tripoli by hosting their assembly in a virtual press conference to be held on Zoom on Thursday 28 October.

The press conference, which will take place at 11am CEST, will also see the participation of Luca Casarini (Head of Mission, MEDITERRANEA Saving Humans) and Ilaria Masinara (Campaigns Director, Amnesty International Italy).

For accreditation to the press conference and to receive the link to participate, please send an email to [email protected].

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A LETTER TO THE ITALIAN AUTHORITIES, EU MEMBER STATES AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS.

24-10-2021

 

Dear Respective authorities:


We are the forgotten refugees and migrants living in
Libya presently in front of the UNHCR headquarter After our houses got raided and most of us taken to detention centers. We are the survivors and victims  of all atrocities, torture, arbitrary detentions, false persecutions, extortions and human rights violations.

It is with bleeding hearts and sorrowful souls that we write this letter to bring to your attention what it means to be forgotten and not to be looked at as a human being or a disrespect to one’s rights. With each passing day since the 1st of October, we sink more into the depth of despair, being exposed to heat and cold, abandoned and forced  to sleep in the streets without shelters , without food and  with no access to toilets.

We are refugees and we do not know or engage  in  politics. Our own will and wish is to live in a peaceful environment free of destruction, in a society that welcomes our ideas and invests in us to make the world a better place for all. 

In the last 23 days of our peaceful demonstration in front of the UNHCR Libya office. A lot has happened and is happening, people with physical injuries haven’t been able to access treatment, others developing critical psychological issues, children and pregnant women sleeping in the open without shelter, no food, no showers and sanitary pads for women. Therefore; we are calling on the authorities and the whole world to recognize us as humans, respect and protect our rights. And the Libyan authorities should  respect and apply the international law of seeking asylum applicable in Africa. 

We also acknowledge and admit that in recent years, human rights activists and international humanitarian organizations have been advocating for our rights to be protected and respected internationally, but so much hasn’t changed and today we are here to make calls ourselves.

We are victims of civil wars, we are victims fleeing religious and political persecutions, amongst us are those seeking decent life, education and freedom to live humanly. But the Italian authorities and the EU member states have been only aggravating our sorrowful souls, by paying the Libyan authorities and its militia groups publicly and in the backdoors to kill us while in the desert, on the sea and in  horrible concentration camps.

All these have been a violation to human rights and a crime against humanity. Libya today is a cemetery to thousands of innocent refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants fleeing unbearable situations in their countries of origin. And the idea or the political will was and is fully accepted and funded by the Italian authorities and EU member states.

We call on  the Italian authorities and EU member states pouring funds to Libya to make sure that their actions and political wills do not harm us and violate our rights.

And to make sure that the forcible deportation to the Libyan inhumane detention centers then to countries of origin is stopped. 

We also call on them to cooperate with the Libyan authorities to close all detention centers in Libya and set free our brothers and sisters who are currently detained in inhumane conditions, being extorted, raped, tortured and killed. 

We call on the Italian authorities, EU member states, church members, religious groups and international humanitarian organizations to find durable solutions to us in our countries of origin, where war and poverty reigns, to offer us more educational opportunities, to invest in us and in our countries with the millions given out to the Libyans to kill and hinder us from accessing the EU borders. The EU and member states are obliged to respect and protect our rights and those found in violations of our rights should be held accountable. 

We call on all Humanitarian international organizations and heads of states, host countries, like Canada, the US, and European states  to offer us more lands of safety and resettlement opportunities.

We continue to reiterate our calls for a quick evacuation for the refugees who have been sleeping outside the UNHCR headquarter for over three weeks to countries of safety. As we fully understand that the EU and member states have enough resources and capabilities to end these atrocities and miseries that we are going through.

 

® All Rights Reserved Refugees and Migrants in Libya 2021.

 

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New judiciary acquittal coming for the “Mare Jonio” ship

“Rescue at sea cannot be criminalised; it is an obligation”.

Once again, a request has been made to dismiss the absurd charge of “aiding and abetting illegal immigration.” But there’s more: according to the Agrigento Public Prosecutor’s Office, the so-called Libyan Coast Guard, financed by the Italian government, cannot rescue anyone, because it actually captures and deports. And the disgraceful attempts to block civilian rescue ships on administrative pretexts, based on rules that “do not exist in Italian law”, are swept under the carpet.

The Agrigento Public Prosecutor’s Office has asked the Judge for Preliminary Investigations for the complete acquittal from all charges of the Commander of the ship Mare Jonio and the Head of Mission of MEDITERRANEA Saving Humans for the rescue operation carried out on 9th  May 2019. It is therefore moving towards dismissal for Captain Massimiliano Napolitano and coordinator and shipowner Beppe Caccia, who had been under investigation for two and a half years for crimes and offences such as “aggravated aiding and abetting illegal immigration” and two violations of the Navigation Code.

On 9th May 2019, the Mare Jonio ship, engaged in an observation and monitoring mission in the central Mediterranean, spotted in international waters in the SAR area attributed to Libya, about 35 miles north of Zuara, a small dinghy overloaded with thirty people, including two pregnant women, a 2-year-old girl and several unaccompanied minors. The rubber boat was taking on water and its engine had broken down: a few more hours and it would have sunk. The people on board, from Chad, Bangladesh, Sudan, Cameroon, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Burkina Faso, who had no safety equipment at all, told the investigators that, certain of death, they had started to pray. Once rescued on board our ship, the Mare Jonio refused any contact with the Libyan authorities and disobeyed orders from the Italian Ministry of the Interior to hand over those survivors to the so-called Libyan Coast Guard in Tripoli. Instead, the Mare Jonio sailed north, disembarking all 30 rescued people the next morning in the safe port of Lampedusa. A police operation by the Guardia di Finanza, under the orders of the Viminale (Italian Ministry of the Interior), led to the confiscation of the ship, which lasted until the following August, and the opening of investigations against the Captain and the Head of Mission.

Thanks to the excellent work of our lawyers Serena Romano and Fabio Lanfranca, and after two and a half years of in-depth investigations, the Agrigento Public Prosecutor’s Office concluded that our behaviour and choices were absolutely legitimate, in that we had “fulfilled our duty to rescue people in danger of their lives at sea” and their subsequent disembarkation in a safe port. But the request for acquittal, signed by Public Prosecutors Salvatore Vella and Cecilia Baravelli, also states three things of crucial importance.

The first: given the situation in Libya and the criminal behaviour of the so-called Libyan Coast Guard, it was right and proper not to communicate, let alone submit to the coordination of the authorities in Tripoli. Secondly, it was just as right and legitimate to request the safe port of disembarkation (“Place of Safety”) from the Italian authorities alone and to head to Lampedusa without hesitation. The third, referring to alleged violations of the Navigation Code for failure to comply with the Palermo Maritime Directorate’s Warning to “carry out rescue operations at sea in a stable and organised manner” without having obtained “the necessary authorisations and certifications” for the ship. A complaint which, since then, had paved the way for numerous cases of inspections and “administrative detentions” of civil fleet ships engaged in rescue activities in the Mediterranean. The Prosecutor’s Office of Agrigento clearly states that “the Mare Jonio was not required to obtain any SAR certification (…) since there is no prior certification in the Italian legislation for civilian vessels to carry out this activity’, just as the idea of establishing ‘a maximum number of shipwrecked people that can be boarded’ during a rescue operation is not admissible, as this is a matter for the exclusive assessment of the Commander of the vessel involved.

These are extraordinarily relevant points which, taken as a whole, confirm the full legitimacy of the work of the organisations and ships of the civil fleet engaged in the central Mediterranean. Once again, an enquiry into our actions is coming to a conclusion, confirming that there was nothing “unlawful” or “criminally relevant” in our choices. On the contrary, they have been and continue to be fair and correct in the face of continuing violations of fundamental rights and of international and national law, and of the outright illegal and criminal behaviour of States. In the words of the Agrigento Public Prosecutors: “certainly the activity of saving human lives at sea cannot be criminalised per se, because constitutes indeed a legal obligation for every seafarer”.

 

 

20th October 2021

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“Let’s Dream Together”: migrants in Libya at the meeting with Pope Francis

“Let us dream together”. This was the appeal that Pope Francis made to the movements around the world at the fourth world meeting of popular movements.

We participated in the meeting with the movements of workers in the informal economy, cartoneros, indigenous people, peasants, exploited workers: the discarded and oppressed from all over the world who are self-organising to build another world from below and to fight together. Together today we shared our mutual experiences, we conveyed them to the Pope and together we challenged the inhuman extractivist capitalist system that grips the world, oppressing the poor and the land. For us in MEDITERRANEAN Saving Humans this is the “conspiracy for good”: organising ourselves to resist the violence and inhumanity that systems of power, even when they call themselves “democracies”, unload on women, men and children. As they do along the borders, as in Libya.

With us today were our brothers and sisters from Refugees in Libya, who have been demonstrating for a fortnight in front of the UNHCR headquarters in Tripoli, claiming for themselves and for all other migrants freedom from Libyan concentration camps and denouncing the deportations carried out at sea by the so-called Libyan Coast Guard. A system, that of the “Libyan border” that our civilised and democratic governments finance and that has cost the lives of tens of thousands of innocent people.

We have told our brothers and sisters fighting in Tripoli that we are with them, we are together, and we will continue to dream and fight together with them and all the popular movements, to build from below, with our own hands, another possible world, where justice, freedom and universal fraternity are a reality. We are preparing to return to sea with the Italian civil rescue ship Mare Jonio even more convinced than before. Thank you, Pope Francis.

 

Link: https://youtu.be/m1RaNhdRzq8

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World Meeting of Popular Movements: “The conspiracy of the good against the immutable”

MEDITERRANEA Saving Humans will participate to the next World Meeting of Popular Movements, which will see the participation and intervention of Pope Francis. The meeting, which will be held online on 16 October, brings together many realities of struggle and social activism from all over the planet, in what is a true global network of solidarity and cooperation that focuses on the struggle for change in favour of dignity, social justice and equality. Street vendors, cartoneros, miners, workers in marginalised and popular trades, movements for the right to housing, farmers and labourers: these are the “profiles” of so many situations of life and work, especially in the marginalised outskirts of cities, representing a humanity on its way to a promised land that has at its centre the rights of human beings and not the profits of a global market that makes the rich richer and richer and the poorer and poorer.

This imposed condition of life, precarious and poor, would seem to be the ineluctable destiny for billions of people, just as the accumulation of enormous wealth in the hands of the very few would seem to characterise the only possible world. But the struggles and determination of an entire planetary people to win better working conditions, better living conditions, and respect for their non-negotiable rights as human beings, draw a horizon of change that is not only possible but necessary.

This planetary movement is a people on the move: for this reason Mediterranea will bring its small and humble contribution as a witness of the struggles at the border. That of the central Mediterranean and the Balkan route, where its activists act, by sea and by land alongside women, men and children who every day challenge the violence and illegality of European institutions that want to prevent their right to a better life.

Migrants, in all their different and specific conditions, at every latitude and in every corner of the planet, find waiting for them the “Pharaoh’s armies”: barbed wire, tortures, concentration camps, killings, sufferings inflicted to keep them still, prisoners, to try to annihilate their dreams, desires, aspirations. Their hopes for a ‘promised land’.

Mediterranea, humbly, participates in this “conspiracy of good” against what seems immutable. Breaking through the barbed wire walls, supporting the people on their way all over the world, is tantamount to reaffirming every day the relevance of the Exodus and the battle for life and against death, to be waged against the armies of Pharaoh.

https://www.humandevelopment.va/en/eventi/2021/el-papa-francisco-participa-en-la-segunda-fase-del-iv-encuentro.html

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Trapped at sea, waiting for rescue: 15 people killed by Fortress Europe

a report by Watch the Med - Alarm Phone

On 11 October 2021, Alarm Phone announced its 7th anniversary and commemorated the tragic shipwreck of 8 years earlier, 11 October 2013, when delays in rescue by Malta and Italy led to the deaths of over 200 people (https://twitter.com/alarm_phone/status/1447518820659343360). On the same day, yet another tragedy unfolded off Libya and 15 people suffocated on board, while they were waiting for rescue (https://twitter.com/alarm_phone/status/1447455425226477570).

As shown in the detailed timeline below, Alarm Phone had repeatedly alerted authorities to the wooden boat in distress with 105 people on board. The boat was just a few miles off the coast of Zuwara, Libya. Yet, it took about 10 hours for Libyan authorities to reach the boat. Italian authorities, on the other hand, just kept denying responsibility and refused to support a search and rescue operation. During this time, the boat was embarking water and at least 15 people, trapped on the lower deck of the wooden boat, lost their lives – probably due to the inhalation of toxic fumes.

Disturbing footage published by the Libyan Observer (TRIGGER WARNING – IMAGES OF DEAD BODIES https://twitter.com/Lyobserver/status/1447855514432442373 ) shows how the 15 asphyxiated people were being pulled out from the lower deck by fellow travellers. The video was shot by the so-called Libyan coastguard, who was evidently NOT helping to retrieve the bodies or checking on the health condition of the rescued – some people might still have been alive. Instead, they just watched and filmed.

In 2014, the Alarm Phone was launched with the aim of preventing deaths due to delays in rescue and non-assistance. Over the past seven years, the situation has only worsened, with the creation of the so-called Libyan search and rescue zone and the so-called Libyan coastguard.

On 11 October 2021, as in several other cases over the past years, we witnessed once again how the task of the so-called Libyan coastguard is not to rescue people, but to deter people from reaching Europe, on Europe’s behalf. To Europe, it does not matter whether people drown or are forced back to Libya: what counts is that they do not touch European soil, no matter the human costs.

This tragedy happened at the same time as thousands of migrants in Libya fear for their lives as they are being hunted down, threatened, detained, and killed by militias and police forces (See: https://twitter.com/RefugeesinLibya). EU member states keep on ignoring the ongoing disaster and continue their collaboration with the Libyan authorities and the UNHCR continuously claims that they cannot provide sufficient assistance.

We are angry, sad, and tired. We stand in solidarity with the families and friends of the 15 people whose lives were stolen by the EU border regime. We demand an immediate end to this organised violence, and this organised abandonment. We demand the abolition of this racist system that produces nothing but suffering and death. We demand to stop killing people at EU borders, to stop financing the so-called Libyan coastguard, to stop financing Frontex operations. We demand the freedom of movement for all.

TIMELINE – 11 October 2021

04:04 CEST – A group of about 105 people in distress calls Alarm Phone via a satellite phone. We later find out that they had departed from Zuwara the evening before. We can hear people screaming in the background. The situation on board appears very critical already in this first call and we do not manage to gather key information about the boat and its GPS position.

05:21 – After several attempts to communicate with the people in distress, we manage to receive the first GPS position of the boat: N33°07′, E12°09′.

05:35 – Alarm Phone speaks again with the people in distress to confirm the position and they read the following: N33°05′, E12°09′. The call breaks. Alarm Phone tries to re-establish contact to confirm key information, whilst being engaged in several other distress cases in other maritime regions.

06:02 – The people in distress call again and report that people are dying and that they want to be rescued as soon as possible, even if it means being returned to Libya.

06:10 – Alarm Phone sends the first mail to Italian, Maltese and Libyan authorities, with several NGOs and international organisations in cc, mentioning that the travellers in distress reported that 2 people died.

06:38 – Alarm Phone tries to reach the so-called Libyan Coastguard and Zuwara Coastal Police via phone on several phone numbers, but in vain, as nobody answers the calls.

06:46 – Alarm Phone calls the Italian coastguard, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Rome, and informs them about the distress situation. They answer that we should try again to call Libyan authorities and hang up.

07:15 – The people in distress keep calling and say that the engine stopped, and their boat is sinking. They read an updated GPS position:  N 33°04′, E 012°10.

07:35 – We manage to reach a Lieutenant Colonel of the so-called Libyan coastguard, who asks Alarm Phone to send an updated position and promises they will send an asset.

07:40 – The people call again and read a new position: N33°04′, E012°10, which we forward to all authorities.

08:30 – Alarm Phone speaks to the people in distress again. They tell us that there are 5 pregnant women and 10 children on board. Communication keeps being difficult.

08:55 – Alarm Phone starts making public pressure for rescue and tweets: About 105 people are in danger off #Zuwara, #Libya, incl. pregnant women and approx. 10 children. According to people, the weather is deteriorating. We alerted relevant authorities and demand that a rescue operation is immediately launched! #DontLetThemDrown twitter.com/alarm_phone/status/1447455425226477570

10:22 – The people in distress call Alarm Phone and say that they can see a boat approaching them. They think it is a rescue asset, but eventually it does not come close enough. We then realise it was a fishing vessel which left again without helping.

10:48 – The aircraft Seabird of Sea Watch is flying towards the distress case. Seabird reports a boat roughly at N33°00′, E012°13′, and confirms that a fishing vessel in the vicinity  is leaving the scene.

11:10 – The colonel of the so-called Libyan coastguard lets Alarm Phone know that their vessel is underway, and that they will keep Alarm Phone updated.

11:56 – The people on board lose their satellite phone and keep communicating with Alarm Phone via their mobile phone and WhatsApp. Alarm Phone is also contacted by a relative of someone on the boat, who is himself in contact with the people in distress.

13:19 – The colonel of the so-called Libyan coastguard confirms their vessel is still searching but could not find the people in distress.

13:19 – Alarm Phone tweets an update: ~7 hours since our first alert to authorities, the so-called Libyan Coastguards allege they have launched a search and rescue operation but people on board continue to report their situation is critical. They need to be rescued right now. #DontLetThemDrown https://twitter.com/alarm_phone/status/1447522179600506882

14:11 – The relative of one of the people on the boat calls Alarm Phone after speaking to the people in distress. He confirms that the people are still in distress at sea. He reports that according to the people on board water is entering the boat, that it is a double deck boat and that both engines are broken. He also sends an updated position of the people in distress: N32°58′, E012°12 received [email protected]:00 CEST – Alarm Phone forwards this position to authorities at 14:31.

14:19 – The colonel of the so-called Libyan coastguard informs Alarm Phone that the so-called Libyan coastguard might have found the boat and is now engaged in a rescue operation. He reports that there are dead people on board and that the boat is sinking.

14:52  – The colonel of the so-called Libyan coastguard informs Alarm Phone that their asset is still on scene and engaged in the ‘rescue’ operation. He confirms that the boat is embarking water and that people are piled on each other. He reports that there are dead bodies inside the boat and that it is difficult to get them because the boat is sinking and about to capsize.

18:12 – The colonel reports to Alarm Phone that the Sabratha vessel of the so-called Libyan coastguard recovered 14 dead bodies. He still does not know how many people were found alive.

22:05 – UNHCR Libya tweets an update about two boats intercepted off Libya (https://t.co/A0GYHypYKb): “Bodies of 15 persons recovered as 2 boats arrived at Tripoli Naval Base this evening. 177 survivors were provided aid, some in need of urgent medical help by UNHCR and partner, @RESCUEorg. The passengers had set off from Zwara and Alkhoms the night before (2 boats).”