More than 23.000 people lost their life in the Central Mediterranean Sea since 2014. It remains one of the world’s deadliest borders. source: IMO
The crew of the Iuventa was conducting Search and Rescue operations during 2016 and 2017, until the ship was confiscated by Italian authorities on 2nd August 2017.
A part of the iuventa-crew and employees of 2 other NGO’s were under investigation for “aiding and abetting unauthorised immigration” and charges were brought against them. On 21 May 2022, pre-trial proceedings were opened.
After a series of hearings, a decision on whether to continue or drop the case will be made in the first half of 2024.
„This trial is not just about us. All across Europe, people are being prosecuted for handing out food, giving shelter, saving lives. I stand by my actions. How can solidarity be a crime?“
Sascha · Head of Mission IUVENTA. Find out more about criminalisation
While it is us who to stand trial, we have our own accusation to levy:
- We accuse European politics of actively violating the human rights of people on the move.
- We accuse the EU of collaborating with authoritarian regimes that violate the human rights of migrants such as Libya, Tunisia, Turkey and Morocco.
- We accuse the EU of aiding and abetting the criminalisation and imprisonment of people on the move
The racist border regime’s violence and arbitrary criminalisation is the crime.
Migration is not a crime.
Help us prove that in court.