Watch: Lifeline, Sea-Watch, Sea-Eye demand the right to life

Crew members from Mission Lifeline, Sea-Eye and Sea-Watch, the civil search and rescue non-governmental organisations, joined the German cities taking part in Day Orange by mobilising in Malta. Various cities around Germany called for a more human refugee policy and against the criminalisation of civil sea rescue. They also protested against Horst Seehofer, the German Interior Minister, known for his harsh stance against migration.

The crew members from Lifeline, Sea-Watch and Sea-Eye released a video on Facebook which shows the activists in the sea holding a banner saying “Everyone has the right to life” in Valletta harbour. The ships belonging to the three organisations remained blocked effectively stopping them from embarking on rescue missions in the Central Mediterranean. Mission Lifeline’s vessel remains impounded due to the ongoing court case against the Captain Claus-Peter Reisch. Seefuchs and Sea-Watch Vessel 3 remain blocked in Malta however Transport Malta failed to identify which regulations these two vessels breached when asked.

Since the beginning of the year, 1,500 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea, in June and July alone 850 people lost their lives.

Seehofer and EU Officials invited to join Mission Lifeline

An online petition on the website Change.org set up by Mission Lifeline was signed by over 101,000 people. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer was invited by Lifeline to join their crew on a rescue mission in the Mediterranean. The NGO vessel remained blocked in Malta as the Captain Claus-Peter Reisch underwent trial in Malta.

Seehofer who has taken a strong stance against migration had called for an impounding of the MV Lifeline and a criminal investigation into the operations of Mission Lifeline. The Lifeline crew had already invited the Interior Minister back in June through an open letter to take part in a rescue mission.

On Wednesday Aquarius left the port of Marseilles and started heading towards the Capo Spartivento at the southern tip of Sardinia, Italy. On August 4, Aquarius sails along the coast of Tunisia and starts watching the sea for boats in distress. Aquarius was the source of dispute between Malta and Italy after both countries refused to accept more than 600 people on it who had been rescued at sea. The ship belongs to the Franco-German organisation SOS Mediterranee.

In a tweet, Mission Lifeline also invited European Officials to join on search and rescue mission.

On Monday, Kevin Kühnert, Federal Chairman of the Young Socialists in the SPD, and Michelle Rauschkolb of the Young European Socialists visited Sea-Watch in Malta.

Jusos besuchen Sea-Watch auf Malta

Kevin Kühnert, Bundesvorsitzender der Jusos in der SPD, und Michelle Rauschkolb von den Young European Socialists haben uns am Montag auf Malta besucht. Wir haben Kevin gefragt, was die Parteijugend von der SPD erwartet. #TeamMenschenrechte[EN] Kevin Kühnert, Federal Chairman of the Young Socialists in the SPD, and Michelle Rauschkolb of the Young European Socialists visited us in Malta on Monday. We asked Kevin what the party youth is expecting from the SPD in this matter.

Posted by Sea-Watch on Friday, August 3, 2018