THE PRESENCE OF THE CIVIL FLEET IN THE CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN IS INCREASINGLY NECESSARY.
MEDITERRANEA Saving Humans’ ship, MARE JONIO, set sail from the Sicilian port of Mazara del Vallo today at 1 p.m. The ship is headed south and will reach the SAR zone off Libya’s coast tomorrow.
For MEDITERRANEA, a civil society platform dedicated to protecting fundamental rights, this is Mission 12. It is also Mare Jonio’s third observation and monitoring, search and rescue mission to be conducted this year. MARE JONIO is the only European Civil Fleet vessel flying the Italian flag. During its previous two missions in January and April 2022, 214 people were successfully rescued and were brought to a port of safety in Italy by this ship.
According to data collected by the United Nations from the beginning of the year and updated on May 28th, more than 600 women, men, and children lost their lives in the Central Mediterranean. Additionally, more than 7,000 people (including 288 minors) were intercepted and captured at sea by the so-called Libyan Coast Guard and were forcibly taken back to the very country whose horrors they were and are still trying to escape.
Just yesterday in Brussels at the European Parliament, influential representatives from Libya’s civil society strongly denounced the “violence and racism that have escalated in Libya” and that supporting the so-called Coast Guard, as the European Parliament has so far done, “kills people.”
This is the reason why the European Civil Fleet’s presence at sea is needed now more than ever. At present, Sea-Watch 3 is alone in Libya’s SAR zone.
We are setting sail, again. Thank you to our extraordinary crews and to all those who support us.
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