Activists In London Fight EU Plans That Will Make It Illegal To Rescue Refugees Drowning At Sea


The European Union has announce plans that will soon amend existing laws, and will make it illegal for people to rescue immigrants drowning at sea, if they do not have federal permission to do so. Citing the recent rise in organized crime and illegal immigration across the Mediterranean Sea, the Council of the European Union released a detailed document about how they intend to fight back against the problem.

Council of European Union Press Release:

In essence, in order to protect the traditional cultural heritage of Europe, the European Union is planning to let refugees drown, and will imprison anyone who tries to save/help them. Many people are outraged about the new laws, calling them “hate speech in the name of patriotism and national security.”  In many ways, people see this move as being no different from those enacted by Donald Trump and his counterparts overseas.

However, from the European Unions point of view, the single largest driving factor behind illegal immigration on the open seas, is organized crime. Though there is a large police presence to combat this, there are many charity/activist groups who actually volunteer their time and make themselves available for rescues. The government is arguing that these charities are acting as facilitators to illegal activity, and are thus contributing to the entire problem. If these people are arrested, then less people will try to help. As a result, the voyage will become more dangerous for refugees, decreasing illegal immigration. So the EU hopes/believes.

In the news, almost every week, we hear about refugees being rescued at sea, dead bodies washing up on shores, and dozens of immigrants drowning at sea. Making it illegal to save drowning people at sea, does nothing to address the core problem of illegal immigration—it is just cruel, inhumane and completely misguided. How can the government punish people for saving the lives of other human beings? The individuals who are dedicating their time to refugee rescue efforts, are not the problem here.

One group trying to do their part to combat these new laws and bring attention to this issue, is known as STATEWATCH, an activist organization based in the United Kingdom. They are actively passing around a viral petition, demanding that the European Union amend their new laws and not criminalize charities and other activists who are trying to save people. As of two weeks ago, the petition had over 5,000 signatures—a figure which is still growing. Please do your part and join the effort.

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  1. Why do you spread lies? You simply have to read through the linked EU council meeting draft paper (it’s not even a press release like you wrote), to see that it deals with tackling smuggling and human trafficking and how to ensure cooperation between various EU agencies and countries. There is no indication whatsoever of anything remotely close to your headline.

    • I could not find an indication that fishermen or charities would be prosecuted for rescuing people from the sea either? Only the increased sharing of data discussed?

  2. Its only good if they dont get saved – then they will think twice about trying to invade our homes.

    Yeah, we cant have the world living in Europe, you heard me right!

    We dont even have jobs for our self, and financial crises on crises keep us poor.

    We need to stop the immigrants or what you like to call them NOW! Before it gets even worser.


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