Friday 28 April 2017

On the recent debate on the intervention of NGOs in the Mediterranean, we fully report a press release written by CIPSI, coordination of development NGOs to which the AMU adheres.

The Association of Italian Cooperation Organizations (AOIs) and other networks also expressed indignation and condemnation of the serious declarations and allegations against humanitarian NGOs that, with private ships, aided shipwrecks from Libyan coasts, victims of traffickers.


The life of every human being must be protected and supported in its fullness! Who does not and uses the sufferings of life for political interests and purposes, does not make politics and helps build incivility! In this way Guido Barbera, president of CIPSI SOLIDARITY AND COOPERATION – co-ordinating 30 associations of solidarity and cooperation – spoke about the recent accusations made by relevant parliamentarians and members of Italian politics to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in the Mediterranean crisis (Proactiva open arms , Doctors Without Frontiers, Sos Méditerranée, Moas, Save the Children, Jugend Rettet, Sea Watch, Sea Eye and Life Boat), resuming observations from the Prosecutor’s Office of Catania, and the Frontex Agency Report on the phenomenon of immigration ” Risk Analysis 2017 “.

Barbera has explicitly stated that accusations against NGOs, constantly committed to buffering the absence of European politics by saving lives in the Mediterranean, are instrumental and shameful. Not only is Italy and Europe one of the main arms dealers in the countries from which people are fleeing, but have facilitated and supported much of the conflicts that have destabilized many countries over the last decade. A concrete and active presence of the European Union and its states, would also have avoided the over 30,000 victims of recent years. Accusations to NGOs who are struggling every day trying to save human lives simply want to discharge the responsibility of the malfunctions or, worse, of the political interests.

The absence and failure of international institutions are indisputable! As indisputable are the interests of many states. While Frontex only protects borders and Europe witnesses indifferently to the scene, it is not permissible to attack the world of volunteering. Above all, complains Barbera, politicians seek votes and make electoral campaign on people’s skin! Enough lies and false news about migrations and the consequences in our territories! One can only talk, as Pope Francis made before the drama of the refugees, of true “shame”!

In the Frontex Report – continues Barbera – the term “taxi” or “sea taxi” is never used. Nor it is written that non-governmental organizations are “in collusion with the smugglers”. On page 32 of the report, in fact, it says rather that the operations of NGOs could have “unintended consequences”. The same “involuntary consequences” that – it is said in the document – might have the activities of EUNAVFOR MED, the task force set up by the European Council to save the shipwrecked led by an Italian admiral. The “attraction factor” rhetoric is not a new thing. It is the same that has led to the closure of the Mare nostrum research and rescue mission, which serves to justify generally a decline in reception standards. The data provide no evidence that there are connections between the presence of rescue vehicles and the number of departures from Libya.

Migration flows are changing the reality and the face of our territories, they are not a contingent fact linked to particular political, economic or social upheavals but represent a structural element. It is a consequence of the nature of relations and global economic system in which we live; as well as of the environmental changes we are experiencing. Helping them at home so that they do not come to us cannot work unless the model of development changes, but above all, the policy of citizen relation and participation in the construction of the Community Polis and the management of its territory.

Barbera concludes: “Migrations are linked to the development model, to the social injustice, to the unequal distribution of economic resources, and to the denial of access to natural resources. We believe in solidarity, acceptance, dialogue and the right to freedom of movement, the right to choose where to live.

CIPSI, 26 April 2017


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