International law imposes an obligation to render assistance to people and ships in distress at sea, which must be provided regardless of the persons’ nationality or status or the circumstances in which they are found.
Read a Background note on PROTECTION OF ASYLUM-SEEKERS AND REFUGEES RESCUED AT SEA
Read UNHCR comments on the Commission proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing rules for the surveillance of the external sea borders in the context of operational cooperation coordinated by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex) COM 2013(197)
Read European Parliament Briefing titled Search and rescue efforts for Mediterranean migrants
Track NGO vessels involved in Search and Rescue Operations:
UNHCR Data on Dead and Missing at Sea
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Further, the goal of this research:
- To identify and suggest, active policy reforms in international co-operation and international maritime laws, towards protection of human migrants.
- Analyse barriers to co-operation towards enforcement of international legal instruments, in human SAR activities.
- Analyse open source, public facing data available on tracking enforcement of international legal instruments, specifically in the circumstances of SAR co-operation.
- Analyse digital technology, resources, financial instruments available to stakeholders for enforcement of international legal instruments, specifically in the field of global shipping and logistics.