AYS Daily Digest 15/08/17: Intimidation at Pro Activa boat by Libya

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Intimidation at Pro Activa boat by Libya

The episode occurred at about 5:30 pm on Tuesday, they write, exactly 27.3 miles off the coast of Sabrata (Libya). The “Golfo Azzurro” was in international waters, although within the SAR area. The newspaper ‘La Repubblica’, which has spoken with the crew of the ‘Golfo Azzurro’, explains that the boat “refused to comply with the order” and entered the SAR area. “We have not been shot at, but they stopped us,” said Riccardo Gatti, chief of operations for the Golfo Azzurro, who added that the Libyans asked if they had authorization, to which they replied that they had it from the Italian government. The Libyans kept them hostage for an hour and 40 minutes and then forced them to follow them, according to their account. “We refused and they threatened to kill us if we return,” Gatti explained. According to Manconi, “it would be a deterrent operation” to an NGO which has signed the code of conduct drawn up by the Italian Ministry of Interior, which would imply that “in those waters, the ships of the NGOs are in danger “. Even so, “Proactiva Open Arms does not intend to suspend its operations,” said its spokeswoman, Laura Lanuza.

Italy has seen a sharp fall in the number of migrants arriving on its shores, Italian The Local reports. 13,500 have arrived in Italy since July 1, compared to 30,500 over the same period in 2016 — a year-on-year fall of more than 55 percent.

A new code of conduct to be imposed on organizations rescuing migrants and refugees from the Mediterranean Sea could restrict their life-saving work and result in more deaths, United Nations expert Agnes Callamard has warned.

“Through this new code of conduct, Italy and the European Commission are imposing procedures that could reduce the ability of NGOs to carry out life-saving activities. This could lead to more deaths at sea, and the resulting loss of lives, being foreseeable and preventable, would constitute a violation of Italy’s human rights obligations,” she said.


At a time when harassment of NGOs is escalating and work in the SAR area becoming more difficult, Maydayterraneo is looking to start their rescue mission in September. In agreement with the German organization LIFELINE and SEAWATCH which allowed them to charter Seawatch 2 as a ship for their project, they said that it is their intention to make the mission operational as soon as possible, naming the date of September 15 as the starting point of the mission. We wish them the best of luck.

Photo by Maydayterraneo — Proyecto AitaMari





Food: legumes, rice, tomato sauces, olive/vegetable oil, salt, pepper, sugar, milk, baby milk, evaporated milk, bread or pitta, flour, crackers, fruitcreams and creams (for babies), eggs.
Amenities: diapers (no 3–4–5), baby wipes, sanitary napkins, toilet rolls, soap, bleach, rubbish bags, painkillers for kids and adults, antibiotics for kids, ethanol, betadine.

You can bring the needed items to the Centre for Asylum seekers, Dounakara 1, Lavrio, Kurdish Cultural Centre, Aristotelous 187, Athens or Allos Anthropos, Plataion 55, Kerameikos.



TruckShop is setting up in Serbia and almost ready to start distribution. If you are over 21 and able to come for 2 weeks or more contact them at volunteer@freedomofchoiceproject.org

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The protest will move out to the schools, Blankspot project writes. The main area will continue to be Medborgarplatsen, but the students will stay in school. On breaks they will sit down united on floors across the country. This was announced by Fatemeh Khavari at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. How long this protest will go on depends on politicians and the Migration Agency. They are the ones that have to give answers, she said. This second step, according to the protesters, will be even bigger than the first one. Together we will become one of the biggest demonstrations in modern times, Khavari continued, referring to the large number of Afghan youths in Sweden and the large number of people supporting them.

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4 people need hosts:
- F, a 30-year-old Syrian refugee with a literature degree from Aleppo University, waiting for family reunion (it usually takes 2–3 months) after which they will get some help from the council
- MA, a football-mad Sudanese man trying to get into university, who needs some stability for a few months so he can make it happen
- A, a young Iranian gay refugee who wants to stay in what he knows is a friendly city while he can restart his life
- N, a woman we have hosted for a few weeks as she prepares her appeal. She likes her hosts, but is horribly allergic to her current hosts’ cats - despite prescribed antihistamines - so we’d love to be able to move her to somewhere where she won’t be miserable

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Daily news digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and refugees on the route, but also for journalists and other parties.

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