21/09/2022 – 05/10/2022
- The Paris Court of Appeal decided to reopen the investigation into the “left-to-die” boat and in the possible responsibility of France for the death of 63 of the people in April 2011 off the coast of Libya. Thanks to the work of two of the nine survivors, who fought to shed light on the incident with the support of different organisations
- The NGO Sea Watch announced that it has a new boat, the Sea Watch 5. It will be used in Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
03/08/2022 – 21/09/2022
- The NGO Emergency has announced that it will start to conduct Search and Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean with the new ship “Life Support”.
- On 1 August 2022, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that “rescue at sea is a duty and port State controls must not be used arbitrarily against NGOs in the future to detain ships and prevent them from doing their work”. The Court also says that victims of shipwrecks cannot be considered as mere “passengers”. The ruling represents a victory against the criminalisation of SAR NGO ships and a legal security for SAR NGOs.
- The European Court of Human Rights condemned Greece for the sinking of a boat carrying 27 people in 2014. 11 people died in the shipwreck. The Court awarded 330,000 EUR to the 16 survivors. According to the Court, Greek authorities did not carry out an appropriate investigation into the shipwreck and did not provide enough protection to the survivors and their families.
- The Slovenian army has started to remove the 200 km long razor wire fence that was installed in 2015 at the border with Croatia. The decision was taken by Slovenia’s new government, that said the border will be monitored with other means. The new Interior Minister said “migrations have not and will not disappear, but this wire was a disproportionate measure. Time has shown that no fence can prevent migration but has caused many tragedies and people were dying”.
07/06/2022 – 27/06/2022
- On 14th of June, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a ruling that stopped the deportation of seven asylum-seekers from the UK to Rwanda. The ECHR ruled on one of the seven cases, and other lawyers used the ECHR ruling to make successful last-minute applications for the other six people. The ruling of the ECHR was about the case of a 54-year-old Iraqi asylum-seeker who arrived to the UK via the Channel crossing. Next month, a court hearing will examine the legality of the UK-Rwanda deal.
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