CILD, the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights that gathers 35 associations from civil society, has just published, in collaboration with lawyer Gennaro Santoro, a legal guide to rescues at sea that we consider greatly important.
In light of the continuous fluctuations in the political debate, of speculations on norms, roles and duties, on the necessity and opportunity of rescues at sea, and on the position of Ngos who work with the Italian Coast Guard and Navy to save thousands of people trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe, we believe it’s fundamental to be informed on what the actual legislation says, on which ethical and practical considerations the law is based on, and as well to inform operators, volunteers, health workers, migrants, reporters and the general public on what their rights are aboard vessels and at sea. What are the obligations? Which the possible offenses? What is the captain of a vessel legally supposed to to? When is it compulsory to file a report? How is the waters jurisdiction regulated? Here is the guide, with dozens of answers on crucial questions.