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With the imminent trial of German biya Klemp, who faces prison sentences for her efforts to save migrants who were at risk of drowning in the Mediterranean. More than 190,000 people signed a petition to support German captain Klimp. The aim of this petition is to demand that criminal proceedings be dropped against Captain Climb and other crew members who have rescued thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean.

"If Commander Bella Clement and nine other members of the Evanta rescue team or any other persons are sentenced to imprisonment in Italy, it would be an unconditional surrender of humanity in Europe," the petition said.

Climb rescued more than 1,000 people who were drowning in unsafe small boats as they tried to cross into Europe in search of a better life. In 2017 the Italian authorities seized the ship and prevented it from sailing near the Italian coast.

Deutschland Pia Klemp (picture-alliance / Geisler-Fotopress / C. Hardt)

The German captain, Biya Klimp, faces imprisonment for her efforts to save migrants who were dying of drowning in the Mediterranean.

In an interview with Baseler Zeitung, Klimp, 35, confirmed that the charge against her was "to assist in illegal immigration", meaning that according to the lawyer in charge of her case, her sentence could be up to 20 years in prison plus fines Great ". Klimp intends to bring her case to the European High Court of Human Rights "if all doors are closed in her face." Says Climb.

Salfini Campaign

The Klimp trial comes in the context of a massive anti-immigration campaign. The campaign is spearheaded by right-wing interior minister Mateo Salveni, who is known for his anti-immigration stance. The Salvation campaign, like rescue workers such as Climb, the NGO Save the Watch and other relief organizations, was classified as criminals, because they made efforts to escape the fate of more than 2,200 people who died trying to cross the Mediterranean during the year the past.

Italien Kundgebung von neuer Rechts-Allianz in Mailand | Matteo Salvini (Reuters / A. Garofalo)

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini

Since the beginning of June 2018, the government in Rome has become more aggressive towards immigrants. Salfini is trying to put an end to the rescue vessels that are on the Italian coast and the refugees.

The German rescue ship C-Watch 3 is among the ships that are not allowed to dock in an Italian port or enter the territorial waters of Italy. If C-Watch violates such decisions, it may be fined between 10,000 and 50,000 euros, according to a decision adopted by the Italian government that did not come into force.

High financial costs

In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Baseler Zeitung, Klimp said that the most expensive financial costs of this trial, which could amount to hundreds of thousands of euros, were to be covered by her savings and some donations. Use them to save people instead of trial costs. "The worst has already happened. The rescue missions have been criminalized at sea," she said.

Not only does he blame the Italian government but also considers it a failure for the EU "to remember its stated values: human rights, the right to life, the application for asylum and the duty of seafarers to save those who are at risk from the sea."

"If countries close their borders, immigrants will come across the Mediterranean because there is no legal way to reach Europe," she said.

For its part, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called on Italy to reconsider its decision, which may target the "Watch". "In light of the volatile security situation, reports on human rights violations and the routine use of people who are rescued or intercepted at sea, no one should be returned to Libya," the UNHCR said in a statement.

European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said that under international law any ship sailing under the flag of Europe must take people rescued at sea to a safe harbor.

Alaa Juma – Source: Immigrant News

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