Pushback Report 2021

Mare Liberum - Human Rights Monitoring in the Aegean

Mare Liberum e. V. monitors the observance of human rights for refugees in the Aegean Sea. With our two ships and from land we document the situation on the dangerous flight route between Turkey and Greece, as well as on the Greek islands. The goal is to document human rights violations, such as pushbacks, and to draw attention to them. In 2020 alone, we were able to count 312 incidents in which 9,798 people were illegally pushed back. Through our work, we aim to strengthen solidarity and fundamental human rights. Mare Liberum is politically and religiously independent and is financed exclusively through donations.


Crack down on solidarity: Forced to develop new operations

Im Moment können wir unsere Monitoringmission auf See so nicht fortsetzen. Das bedeutet, dass wir einen Schritt zurücktreten werden, um eine neue Herangehensweise an unsere Arbeit zu entwickeln, damit wir weiterhin gegen illegal Pushbacks in der Ägäis kämpfen können.

CommemorAction, 30th October 2021, Lesvos

Today, we are here to commemorate those who lost their lives at sea as a result of the European border regime.

Mare Liberum is back at Sea

We are once again returning to Europe‘s maritime border in the Aegean Sea: Our crew is currently on their way to the north of Lesvos, where most pushbacks happened in the past.

Pushback Quarterly Q3 2021

Pushbacks in the Aegean increasing dramatically. Despite repetitive documentation of torture and law-breaking, pushbacks in the Aegean Sea don't only continue to happen but accelerate in violence and quantity.



Currently no new crew-members are needed. If this changes you find the information here.

Mare Liberum e.V.

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10961 Berlin

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Mare Liberum e.V.
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