We will not be intimidated by this criminalization campaign! We are continuing – in solidarity with all others who are currently being accused and marginalized – to show our face and raise our voices in the court room, in discussions, protests and other direct actions!


12 NGOs file a criminal complaint to demand an investigation: Who is responsible for the destruction of the rescue ship Iuventa?

November 23, 2023

The civil fleet joins the iuventa-crew in filing a criminal complaint to hold accountable those responsible for the destruction of the Iuventa rescue ship under Italian custody.

Inside courtroom

October 14, 2023

Started in May 2022, the preliminary hearing is coming to an end. In early 2024 the judge in Trapani will decide whether the case will be dropped or continue. In this last stage, all parties shall bring their closing arguments.

Statement of the defendant Sascha

October 13, 2023

Read the statement of Sascha, released on 13.10.23 at the Court of Trapani.

Statement of the defendant Dariush

October 13, 2023

Read the statement of Dariush, released on 13.10.23 at the Court of Trapani.

Arrivals in Lampedusa –Solidarity and resistance in the face of Europe’s reception crisis.

September 18, 2023

Following the arrival of a record number of people on the move in Lampedusa, civil society expresses its deep concern at the security response of European states, the crisis of reception, and reaffirms its solidarity with people on the move arriving in Europe. 

European states must stop obstructing civilian search and rescue efforts in the Central Mediterranean

August 28, 2023

Search and rescue ships are urgently needed to prevent further loss of life on the deadliest migration route in the world, yet EU member states – most prominently Italy – are actively obstructing civilian search and rescue efforts.  

European Court of Justice to examine legality of the offence of facilitating unauthorised migration

July 25, 2023

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will evaluate the legitimacy of the Facilitators Package and of Article 12 of the Italian Consolidated Immigration Act with regard to its compatibility with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The complaint prepared by lawyer Francesca Cancellaro has finally been referred to the ECJ.

EU-Tunisia Memorandum: the European Union endorses illegal raids, deportations and violence against migrants

July 20, 2023

On Sunday 16 July, the European Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tunisia. the EU pledges to provide an additional EUR 100 million to Tunisia to strengthen border management, search and rescue operations at sea and ‘anti-trafficking’ measures to reduce the number of arrivals from the country.

Trapani court rules: border protection prevails over human rights

June 24, 2023

At yesterday’s hearing the court of Trapani rejected the two requests previously filed by the defence of iuventa-crew. Hence, the court blocked the possibility to bring serious contradictions between fundamental rights’ protection and Italian legislation as well as EU directives before the competent higher courts.

Up to 600 people drown off Pylos, Greece –
only days after EU leaders agreed to further erode the right to asylum

June 20, 2023

Today on World Refugee Day, we jointly demand full and independent investigations into the events, clear consequences for those responsible, an end to the systematic pushback practices at the European borders, and justice for the victims.

#DecriminalizeFacilitation campaign – videos

June 13, 2023

After filing a constitutional complaint in Trapani, we launched the #DecriminalizeFacilitation campaign.
Laws regulating the facilitation of movement of people only serve the interests of Fortress Europe. To protect its borders, the EU violates the fundamental rights of people on the move and those who support them. Facilitating freedom of movement is not a crime!

The struggle to ensure fair trial continues in the iuventa case

May 27, 2023

At the latest hearing the defence again criticised the inadequate translation of the case files and requested a referral to the European Court of Justice in order to obtain a landmark decision on this issue. The public prosecutor office took a position on the constitutional complaint previously filed by the defence.

Constitutional Complaint Filed: iuventa case takes a turn as legal basis for criminalization is challenged

May 16, 2023

In last Fridays recent hearing, iuventa’s defence filed a request to the Italian Constitutional Court, challenging the legal basis of the criminal proceedings. This legal action questions the Italian and European legislation on “smuggling” cases, based on which more than 1,000 people are currently detained in Italy alone.

UN Special Rapporteurs call on Italian prosecution to dismiss iuventa case

May 3, 2023

Today, it’s been disclosed that three of the UN Special Rapporteurs, independent experts of the UN human rights Council, have called out the Italian government over the legal proceedings against the iuventa crew and the worrying context for migrant rights defenders.

Solidarity to all the people in Sudan! End the war in Sudan!

April 24, 2023

We strongly condemn the ongoing fighting in Sudan, which started on 15 April 2023, and ask the leaders of the army and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to sit for dialogue that leads to a civilian-led government.

Tunisia is neither a safe country of origin nor a place of safety for those rescued at sea

April 17, 2023

68 organisations issued a statement to remind once again that Tunisia is neither a safe country of origin nor a safe third country. Therefore, it cannot be considered as a place of safety for people rescued at sea.

Who is in charge of the iuventa case? Court of Cassation to clarify questions of territorial competence.

March 15, 2023

Since the defence kept revealing further fundamental deficiencies in the overall construction of the indictment, today the question of the legality of the indictment was once again in the foreground. At today’s hearing, the court in Trapani took a position on some of these points.

NGOs filed joint complaint with the Crotone Public Prosecutor’s Office in relation to the failure to rescue people at sea off the coast of Cutro

March 9, 2023

Around 40 Italian and European ngos filed a joint complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Crotone Court to have an accurate investigation carried out into the responsibilities of the Italian authorities in relation to the failure to rescue the boat that sank a few hundred metres off the coast.

First act of the new director needs to be the termination
of Frontex operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea

March 2, 2023

20 NGOs engaged in or in support of Search and Rescue in the central Mediterranean Sea write an open letter to the new Frontex Executive Director.

NGOs on trial: defendants and court commemorate the victims of Crotone

March 1, 2023

Today’s preliminary hearing against the 21 defendants accused of “aiding and abetting unauthorised immigration” at the court of Trapani was grounded in reality by the facts of Crotone.

Court denies Italian Prime Minister’s office access to the courtroom

February 25, 2023

Following the long and controversial discussion at the last hearing on the question of the Italian government’s application to join the trial, as they claim to be an “crime victim”, this time there was a decision.

Iuventa ship destroyed in Italian custody, the crew filed a criminal complaint

February 19, 2023

The iuventa crew filed a criminal complaint to the Trapani Prosecutor’s Office on 12.02.2023, requesting an investigation into the abandonment and destruction of the rescue ship iuventa.

Italian government apologises for erroneous and defamatory motion to join trial as a joint plaintiff

February 11, 2023

Lasting ten hours, the longest and most heated hearing in the iuventa case took place yesterday, dealing with the inadequate interpretation and the government’s request to appear as a joint plaintiff.

New Italian decree obstructs lifesaving rescue efforts at sea and will cause more deaths

January 5, 2023

A new law decree, signed by the Italian President on 2 January 2023, will reduce rescue capacities at sea and thereby make the central Mediterranean, one of the world’s deadliest migration routes, even more dangerous. Read the PR of SAR ngos.

Italian investigating authorities trumped-up allegations against rescue ship iuventa

January 4, 2023

The Italian government’s willingness to criminalise search and rescue operations by any means necessary to stop them is becoming increasingly evident. What started with Minniti’s NGO law in 2017 led to the confiscation of iuventa and is now taking an escalating extreme with Meloni’s decree of 28.12.2022.

Italian government to intervene in trial of iuventa rescuers as plaintiff

December 19, 2022

Decisive steps were taken today in the trial of the crew members of the civil rescue ship iuventa, who face up to 20 years in prison for “aiding and abetting unauthorized immigration” and whose ship has been impounded in the port of Trapani for 5 years. Both the Ministry of the Interior as well as the Prime Minister’s office have today requested to be admitted as joint plaintiffs in the trial.

IUVENTA: Judge orders repairs and maintenance for NGO ship  

December 9, 2022

After being held in the port of Trapani for five years and abandoned by the harbour master’s office, the iuventa has been plundered, largely demolished and is currently unseaworthy and in danger of sinking. In its ruling yesterday, a court confirmed the complainants’ view that this treatment was wrong and decided that extensive maintenance work must be carried out on the ship to restore it to the condition it was in before the seizure in August 2017.

IUVENTA case: International observers admitted in trial against sea rescue organisations

December 3, 2022

At today’s hearing in the trial against the civil sea rescuers, the presence of renowned international trial observers was admitted by the court. After approval by all parties, they were allowed to attend the trial as observers for the first time.

The seizure of the rescue ship IUVENTA was a tragedy – but the trial against the crew members is a farce!

December 2, 2022

In the major court case against crew members of the civilian sea rescue, the public prosecutor’s office refused to provide a qualified interpreter in an interrogation of a German defendant.

Whether in ports or courtrooms, Italy disregards basic rights

November 12, 2022

Trapani, November 12, 2022. In the largest court case against crew members of civilian sea rescue, since five years there is not only no sufficient evidence to justify the seizure of a rescue ship, let alone the threat of 20 years prison sentences. This criminal proceeding also lacks the basic principles of a fair trial.