We are a grassroots NGO founded in 2018 by a transnational collective of activists.
Mare Liberum will monitor Human Rights in the Aegean Sea with their ship, to increase public pressure to rescue Refugees crossing from Turkey to Greece, strengthening solidarity and Human Rights. The aim of our mission is to monitor migrants' sea crossings from Turkey to Greece – and subsequently, the search and rescue operations conducted by the Greek and Turkish Coast Guards; as well as to generally maintain an independent presence during operations performed by other actors involved, i.e. NATO and Frontex. We will raise pressure for lifesaving and dignified behaviour towards migrants.
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 missions to raise further awareness and highlight the ongoing situation along the Turkey-Greece route.
Migrants are forced onto unseaworthy boats trying to escape the 'safe third country' Turkey on a daily basis. Their reception in Greece is not only wholly inadequate but also contrary to basic human rights. The unnecessary suffering of people searching for a better, safer life on the outskirts of wealthy Europe continues. We want to raise awareness and get people involved - people who want to stand up for change, those who are interested in designing and demanding a more equal, just, and open society.