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IUVENTA - solidarity at sea

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IUVENTA - solidarity at sea

Berlin, Germany

In August 2017 the rescue ship IUVENTA has been seized in Sicily. The crews rescued over 14,000 people in distress. Now they are being investigated for aiding and abetting illegal immigration. Now they need support for their legal defense.

Hendrik Simon from borderline-europe Menschenrechte ohne Grenzen e.V. | 
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About this project

Who we are

A total of 16 crews with more than 200 crew members worked on the IUVENTA between June 2016 and August 2017. Every single mission was a combination of different positions aboard ranging between a variety of skills.

This joint effort made it possible that a couple of hundred volunteers, with minimal ressources and a 33-meter long old fishing vessel, rescued more than 14.000 people in distress.

After the seizure of the Iuventa in August 2017, when rescue operations were obstructed by Italian authorities, the operational team (medical & technical departments, Crewing & Field Coordination) and a large number of crew members were determined to continue the ongoing struggle for migrants‘ rights.
 The collective IUVENTA – Solidarity at Sea was born. While unable to continue rescue operations with the IUVENTA, the focus shifted to raising public and political awareness on the one hand, and supporting other NGOs like Sea-Watch, Mission Lifeline and Sea Eye, on the other hand.

In June 2018, criminal investigations against rescue workers were officially launched by the prosecutor in Trapani, Sicily/Italy – among those are ten IUVENTA crew members.

IUVENTA – Solidarity at Sea are

  • The ten crew members under investigation
  • IUVENTA crew members and the operational team supporting those ten under investigation
  • In solidarity with all SAR NGOs and the Seebrücke who we fight alongside with.
  • Fighting against mass dying at Europe‘s borders and the criminalisation of solidarity with migrants.
  • Fighting for safe harbors, human rights and the freedome of movment
Updated at 18. March 2020