Search and Rescue activists drop into Comhlámh ahead of Frontline Witness event.

Comhlámh staff delighted to show solidarity with Ani Montes

Comhlámh staff were only to pleased to take the opportunity to show solidarity with search and rescue activists, ahead of the Frontline Witness event this week. We were joined over lunchtime by Anabel Montes from Open Arms and Joby Fox from from Refugee Rescue along with Caroline Reid from Irish Refugee Council. They with be speaking along with several others this Friday, 9th November facilitated by Caoimhe Butterly

It was a pleasure to have to brief conversations with both Anabel and Joby and looking forward to hearing much more at the event. Full details below:

” Last week the European Parliament voted against a motion supporting search and rescue in the Mediterranean. Since 2014, 18,898 deaths were registered in the Mediterranean alone. It continues to be the most dangerous crossing in the world. It is very likely that countless other, unrecorded lives have been lost.

In addition, Ireland’s Navy has played a proud role in the Mediterranean, rescuing more than 18,000 people over several missions, but it has not returned since 2018. Operation Sophia, the EU’s military operation in the Mediterranean, now uses aerial surveillance only and increasingly relies on the Libyan coastguard resulting in people being returned to Libya and subjected to human rights abuses.

On Friday 8th, the Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition and Trinity College’s MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict will bring together crews from NGO search and rescue boats to discuss their work. Representatives of MSF Ireland, Refugee Rescue, Sea-Watch, MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland and Open Arms will be in attendance. Campaigner and Educator Caoimhe Butterly will chair the discussion.

​The Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition is a coalition of Irish NGOs, set up in 2015, that seek to advance the rights and dignity of people on the move and those in need of international protection. seeks to advance the rights and dignity of people on the move and those in need of international protection.

The Irish Refugee Council are the conveners of the Coalition.