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April 24, 2018

An Italian court rejected an appeal today by the German humanitarian organization Jugend Rettet to release its search and rescue ship Iuventa, which was seized and impounded by Italian authorities in August 2017.

March 21, 2018

The decision by Italian authorities to seize Open Arms, a rescue vessel belonging to the Spanish NGO Proactiva, shortly after its crew rescued and disembarked 216 people in the Central Mediterranean on Sunday is the latest in a long series of actions obstructing non-governmental organizations from carrying out lifesaving rescue operations at sea, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today.

January 28, 2018

In a nightmarish day on the Mediterranean Sea yesterday, 99 survivors from a sinking rubber boat were rescued by the Aquarius, a search and rescue vessel run by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE.

November 02, 2017

AMSTERDAM/NEW YORK—During grueling rescue operations yesterday in the central Mediterranean, a total of 588 people were saved from distressed boats, and an unknown number of people are missing and presumed drowned after their boat capsized, according to staff on the Aquarius, a search and rescue ship operated by the organizations Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE.

August 12, 2017

Libyan authorities have announced the establishment of a search and rescue zone and restricted access to humanitarian vessels in international waters off the Libyan coast. Due to security concerns, restrictions on independent humanitarian assistance, and the increasing blockade trapping migrants within Libya, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to temporarily suspend the search and rescue activity of its ship, Prudence.

August 01, 2017

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) formally informed the Italian Ministry of the Interior yesterday that it would not be signing the Code of Conduct for non-governmental organizations operating rescue ships on the Mediterranean.

May 27, 2017

In response to the G7 summit in Italy, Gabriele Eminente, general director of MSF Italy, issued a statement pointing out the consequences of treating the global displacement crisis as a national security issue, punishing and criminalizing people on the move.

May 26, 2017

ROME/NEW YORK, MAY 26, 2017—As the G7 summit takes place in Taormina, Italy, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges G7 leaders to make a bold commitment to humane and long-term migration policies.

May 24, 2017

While teams from the aid organizations Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Méditerranée attempted to rescue people from boats in distress in the Mediterranean Sea on May 23, the Libyan coast guard approached the boats, intimidated the passengers and then fired gunshots into the air, threatening people's lives and creating mayhem, MSF said today.

October 26, 2016

ROME/NEW YORK, OCTOBER 26, 2016—Twenty-five people onboard an overcrowded inflatable boat were found dead yesterday during a search and rescue operation by a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ship in the central Mediterranean, which saved 246 people from the boat and another nearby raft.

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