It cannot go on like this!

Statement of the dissolution of Mare Liberum

Mare Liberum - Human Rights Monitoring in the Aegean

The Mare Liberum Association has been in dissolution since 1.5.2023. Mare Liberum e. V. documented human rights violations and border violence against people on the move in the Aegean Sea. On the life-threatening escape routes between Turkey and Greece, people are regularly pushed back by authorities with violent means to hinder them from reaching the EU. Through publishing testimonies, we made the voices of affected people visible and fought together to strengthen fundamental human rights. By collecting and publishing data on the general situation in the Aegean we increased pressure on responsible authorities to respect human rights and to hold them accountable for their human rights violations. Mare Liberum was politically and religiously independent and financed itself exclusively through donations.


© Maria Klenner/Mare Liberum

Mare Liberum forced to cease human rights activism

On 1 May 2023, the Berlin-based association for human rights monitoring in the Aegean, Mare Liberum, dissolved. Since 2018, Mare Liberum had been operating a ship along the EU maritime border between Turkey and Greece to claim that refugees were being treated in accordance with human rights.
Maria Klenner / Mare Liberum

It cannot go on like this! Statement of the dissolution of Mare Liberum

After five years of operation in the Aegean, we have decided with a heavy heart to withdraw from Lesvos, end our human rights monitoring as Mare Liberum, and dissolve the association.

Camp Vastria - the new hell on Lesvos?

In the next few months, a Closed Control Access Centre (CCAC) is supposed to open on Lesvos. This is yet another camp surrounded by barbed wire fences and concrete walls, monitored around the clock, and located far away from the city.
© Maria Klenner/Mare Liberum

New assignment for ship MARE LIBERUM

The MARE LIBERUM gets a new assignment. We are handing over our ship to the activists of Zusammenland, who will operate it under the name MARE*GO and bring it back to the active civil fleet. Updates about the new operation will be announced in the upcoming months.

Statement: EU tries to dismantle human rights in vote on Instrumentalisation Regulation

The EU undermines its own rule of law by trying to dismantle asylum laws. After years of human rights violations at the EU's external borders, the EU is now trying to legally legitimise those crimes for the first time.

Pushback helpers: A new level of violence

In October 2020, Salam*, together with 15 people from Syria and Afghanistan, crossed the Evros River from Edirne, Turkey to Greece. They walked until the next morning through the forest on the Greek side of the border area.

Call for urgent consequences for Greece and Turkey

Mare Liberum documents and monitors human rights violations against migrants that are regularly committed at the border between Turkey and Greece. Since 2020, there has been a sharp increase in violence at the border. On the one hand, regarding the number, but also regarding the brutality of these incidents.

To give to good cause: Ship MARE LIBERUM

We have to give away our ship. As Mare Liberum e.V. we deployed the equally named ship for human rights monitoring in the Aegean Sea. After various attempts to block the ship, the Greek government finally introduced a law, which makes it impossible for us to use the vessel for this cause anymore. Therefore, we offer it to any good use.

Pushbacks from the Greek islands and in the Aegean Sea

Violent pushbacks are systematically carried out at European land and sea borders and constitute a fundamental part of the inhumane border regime of the EU. This article summarises eight testimonies of pushback survivors in Greece and contextualises them with public data on pushbacks and migration in the Aegean Sea, to reveal patterns of brutal pushback practices on Greek coasts.


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