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1/. Today, the captain of the #SeaWatch3 rescue ship, #CarolaRackete, has been in court. She was arrested in Italy.

Her “crime”?

Docking in Lampedusa, in order to disembark 42 men, women & children who had fled from Libya & had been stranded in the Mediterranean for 17 days.
2/. Saving lives at sea & taking them to safe place is a legal duty under intn'l &
Italian law.

Lampedusa was the closest safe port.

5 EU countries had agreed to take the people on board.

They'd been at sea for 17 days.

Libya is not a safe country. apnews.com/43eb47c8ce6b49…
3/. This is the first time #Italy's newest hardline migration laws have been tested.

Last year, ports were closed to NGO rescue vessels & this month, a new bill on security & immigration - dubbed the “Salvini Decree” after @matteosalvinimi - was adopted.
4/. The “Salvini Decree” is a naked attempt to end the life-saving work of NGOs.

It removes the category of ‘humanitarian protection’ for migrants deemed ineligible for refugee status & allows NGO ships to be confiscated indefinitely & NGOs to be fined. aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/l…
5/. Almost 350 people have died trying to cross the central Med in 2019 (death rate of about 11%).

Tmw, solidarity actions in support of #CarolaRackete will be held in Palermo, Naples & Pescara.

This week, Italy’s parliament debates whether to turn the Salvini Decree into law.
6/. It is time for European leaders to urgently fix a broken migration system which is failing frontline EU states, failing hundreds of desperate people seeking safety, as well as being used by hatred-filled populists to stoke fears & weaponise prejudices.
7/. The case has been adjorned until tmw. We await her fate.

Earlier this month, #PiaKlemp, captain of NGO ship Luventa was charged with human trafficking & faces 20 years in jail in Italy.

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8/. As we await the decision of the judge in the case of #CarolaRackete, captain of #SeaWatch3, demonstrations are taking place across Europe.

It's vital that those calling to #FreeCarolaRackete also demand the release of thousands of people confined in horrific camps in #Libya.
9/. "They were asking me to take them back to Libya. I didn't have a right to obey. From a legal standpoint, these were people fleeing a country at war & the law barred me from taking them back,"

Still awaiting a decision in #CarolaRackete #SeaWatch case. threadreaderapp.com/thread/1145729…
10/. As well as the huge show of solidarity for #CarolaRackete, her arrest has predictably energized ppl who are a little less positive about Carola's heroic actions.

Some trolls are even making up far-fetched smears against her & #SeaWatch3 & photo-shopping images! #FreeCarola
11/. Italian magistrate rejects prosecution’s case against #SeaWatch3 captain, #CarolaRackete.

She is free!
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