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!

Updates

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

January 5, 2023

We, civil organisations engaged in search and rescue (SAR) activities in the central Mediterranean Sea, express our gravest concerns regarding the latest attempt by a European government to obstruct assistance to people in distress at sea. 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.

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.

Trial of civil sea rescuers in Italy facing 20 years imprisonment riddled with errors: questioning of defendant aborted due to disastrous interpretation

October 31, 2022

5 Years after the seizure of the iuventa ship, the trial was adjourned for the second time last Saturday, 29 October 2022, again due to mistakes by the prosecution. A subsequent voluntary questioning by the police of one of the iuventa defendants had to be aborted after minutes due to insufficient interpretation. The iuventa defendants asked to exercise their right to be interrogated voluntarily by the authorities.

Prosecution repeatedly fails to provide basic fair trial rights

October 29, 2022

The trial against four crew members of the IUVENTA and 17 other defendants charged with “aiding and abetting unauthorised immigration” was suspended due to procedural errors by the prosecution. The judge rejected the prosecution’s claim that the procedural errors could be ignored.

Proceedings against IUVENTA suspended: Prosecution failed to respect basic standards for a fair trial

June 15, 2022

The trial against four crew members of the IUVENTA and 17 other defendants charged with “aiding and abetting unauthorised immigration” was suspended due to procedural errors by the prosecution. The judge rejected the prosecution’s claim that the procedural errors could be ignored.