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Mare Liberum - Monitoring human rights on the Aegean Sea

Mytilini, Greece

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Mare Liberum - Monitoring human rights on the Aegean Sea

Mytilini, Greece

Mare Liberum is monitoring human rights in the Aegean Sea. The aim is to observe, document, and draw public attention to the situation at the European border between Turkey and Greece and to strengthen solidarity and human rights.

Hanno B. from Mare Liberum | 
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About this project

The activist association Mare Liberum monitors human rights in the Aegean. With our ship we are present off the coast of the Greek island of Lesvos. While public attention withdraws from the Aegean, arrivals are not ceasing, people keep boarding flimsy dinghies risking their lives by crossing the dangerous and highly militarized stretch between Turkey and Greece. In their attempt to reach safety, people are confronted with Turkish and European border forces whose operations need to be witnessed and documented. To prevent human rights violations and secure safe passage for everyone, Mare Liberum monitors movements at sea and collects evidence of criminal actions towards those seeking refuge at Europe’s shores. 

As an independent observer and truth finder, Mare Liberum conducts research to document the current situation at the European border and to draw public attention back to this forgotten site of tragedies. Conditions of boat crossings from Turkey to the Greek islands stay far from safe. In 2018, already more than 100 children, women and men died in the Eastern Mediterranean on their way to Europe. 

Mare Liberum's involvement happens against the background of the further sealing-off of the maritime border region between Turkey and Greece, attaining an even larger militarization level than prior to the highly questionable EU-Turkey deal of March 2016. While the European Union continuously tries to close its external borders for people arriving from the Global South, we seek to create a corrective to counter the European policies of deterrence and externalization. 

Our findings and observations will be reported to the European public and refugee lobby groups. Journalists, photographers and researchers are invited to participate in our mission to raise further awareness and highlight the continuing precarious situation along the Turkey-Greece route.

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Updated at 07. October 2020