The Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) have submitted a case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against the persecution of humanitarian actors rescuing refugees at sea. The case was submitted on behalf of Salam Kamal-Aldeen who has worked for Team Humanity on Lesbos, Greece since 2015 supporting their maritime rescue efforts.
Salam Kamal-Aldeen was arrested on Lesbos in January 2016, along with a number of his crew. He was later charged with the illegal transport of irregular migrants without authorisation. The judge referred to the work of Team Humanity as using “rescue as a pretext” to pursue this crime. The boat and rescue equipment were confiscated and restrictive measures were imposed on Mr. Kamal-Aldeen.
The case is brought to the ECtHR in light of what is a wider effort across the EU to crackdown on and restrict the efforts of humanitarian organisations, in particular those operating in the Mediterranean.
For further information:
- ECRE, Op-ed: Volunteers on Trial, 28 September 2018
- ECRE, Mare Jonio Seized by Italian Authorities while Loss of Lives on the Med Continues, 22 March 2019
- ECRE, Continued Stand Off over Rescued Migrants Unfolds in European Waters, 19 April 2019
Photo: (CC) Lux Tonnerre, August 2015