Entries by 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.


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.


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.


Pushback helpers: A new level of violence

Im Oktober 2020 überquerte Salam* zusammen mit 15 Menschen aus Syrien und Afghanistan den Fluss Evros von Edirne in der Türkei nach Griechenland. Sie liefen bis zum nächsten Morgen durch den Wald auf der griechischen Seite des Grenzgebiets. Als sie sich ein paar Stunden ausruhten, wurden sie von der griechischen Grenzpolizei entdeckt. „Um 10 Uhr […]


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.

Mare Liberum i. A.

Gneisenaustraße 2a
10961 Berlin