PRO ASYL: For a European sea rescue service

Here you can find a petition of the German organisation PRO ASYL demanding a European rescue service at sea.

The demands, addressing the European Parliament and its president in the context of today’s European Council meeting on Justice and Home Affairs in Luxembourg, are the following:

“Dear President,

“We cannot allow more people to die. Lampedusa must be a turning point for European refugee policy.” These were your words after the 366 refugees lost their lives off Lampedusa on 3 October 2013. But today – one year later – there is still no safe entry for those seeking protection.

The EU must stop people dying at its external borders and open up legal, non-dangerous routes for refugees. A European sea rescue service needs to be established. The European Parliament must immediately allocate the required financial resources.

Please take up this cause with the aim of achieving protection for refugees at the external borders of the European Union.

Yours sincerely.”