CSDM, Alarm Phone, Sea-Watch and Mediterranea request urgent intervention from UN Special Rapporteurs for 27 migrants on board ‘Maersk Etienne’

Today, the CSDM collaborated with Alarm Phone, Sea-Watch and Mediterranea – Saving Humans, requested an urgent intervention from United Nations Special Rapporteurs seeking humanitarian assistance and safe disembarkation from the Government of Malta for the 27 migrants rescued and on board the commercial vessel Maersk Etienne.

Download .pdf of letter sent to UN Special Rapporteurs seeking urgent intervention for migrants on board Maersk Etienne

The 27 individuals, including a child and pregnant woman, were rescued by the commercial vessel Maersk Etienne on 5th August 2020 while fleeing from Libya, where migrants are subject to torture, inhumane and degrading treatment. In accordance with international human rights norms and standards and established principles of maritime law, permission was sought from the Maltese government for the migrants to disembark at a Maltese port. This permission has been unlawfully refused.

It has now been 30 days since the Maltese government refused permission to disembark and the vessel remains effectively stranded in the Mediterranean Sea. An official for Maersk has stated “our crew continue to provide as much support and assistance as they can to this vulnerable group, but they lack the resources to offer sustained humanitarian and medical care… a tanker ship is neither designed nor equipped to accommodate additional people; we therefore find ourselves in a situation where our supplies are rapidly depleting”. Despite the plea for humanitarian assistance and safe disembarkation, the Maltese governemnt have continued to refuse to cooperate.

In a letter to the UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture and on the Rights of Migrants, the CSDM, Alarm Phone, Sea-Watch and Mediterranea – Saving Humans request an urgent intervention to ensure that the migrants are permitted to disembark and for international human rights law to be enforced.

Torture of Migrants in Libya: “Can Italy be Held Accountable under Article 20 UNCAT for its Role in the ‘Pull-back’ of Migrants”?

In the Swiss law journal Asyl, we explore whether Italy can be held accountable under the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment for the human rights violations againt migrants pulled back to Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard.

For article in pdf, click here.   

CSDM Requests UN Inquiry into Italy’s Role in the Torture of Migrants in Libya

The CSDM has submitted a formal request to the UN Committee against Torture to launch an inquiry procedure under Article 20 CAT concerning Italy’s conduct in the Central Mediterranean which is leading to the mass torture, rape and forced labour of thousands of refugees and migrants pulled back to Libya.

Study by Prof. Maiani on family unity in Dublin Regulation proceedings now available in French, German and Italian.

The Protection of Family Unity in Dublin Procedures: Towards a Protection-Oriented Implementation Practice, CSDM October 2019, discusses the protection of family unity in proceedings arising under the Dublin III Regulation against the backdrop of the Swiss authorities’ practice. The analysis is relevant to any national administration applying the regulation and provides important guidance for European legal practitioners representing asylum seekers.

For translated versions: français, Deutsche, italiano.

N.K. c. Suisse, Communication no. 977/2020

Les requérants sont un homme et une femme kurdes de nationalité turque, respectivement russe, avec une fille apatride. Ce sont d’anciens combattants du PKK. Ils ont déserté cette organisation avant de s’établir au Kurdistan irakien. Après plusieurs années vécues dans l’illégalité dans ce pays, ils décident de fuir en Europe. Leur chemin de fuite passe par l’Afrique du Sud. Les autorités suisses en matière d’asile ont ainsi retenu que les requérants doivent retourner dans ce pays où ils pourront déposer une demande d’asile. Les requérants ont déposé une requête au CAT en invoquant qu’ils n’auront pas accès à une procédure d’asile équitable en Afrique du Sud et qu’ils risquent ainsi un refoulement en cascade en Turquie/Russie. De plus, selon les informations à disposition et non contestées par le SEM/TAF, seraient privées de liberté dans un centre de rétention, connu pour ses conditions de détention déplorables. Le CAT a octroyé l’effet suspensif.