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NGOs deal in migrant smuggling
« on: March 22, 2017, 11:17 »
Caught in the act: NGOs deal in migrant smuggling

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Ship-tracking software and reports from journalists prove that NGOs, the Italian Coast Guard and smugglers coordinate their actions. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) exposes NGOs operating in Libyan territorial waters. Since the ouster of President Ghadafi, a growing number of Africans are smuggled into Europe. They travel via Libya from where they cross the Mediterranean. Different “humanitarian” organisations or NGOs involved are an indispensable part of the smuggle route to Europe. We noticed that the Italian coast guard, NGOs and locals coordinate their actions. Whatever they call it themselves, these operations cannot be classified as genuine rescue operations.

The Dutch, Maltese and German based NGOs are part of the human smuggling network and one wonders, are these NGOs themselves criminal organisations.

Whatever the motives of these NGOs, their behaviour is illegal, and in countries governed by a constitution, i.e. European states, crime should be prosecuted regardless of the intention of its perpetrators.

We followed the movements of the Golfo Azzurro on 12 October. We used AIS Marine Traffic signals, twitter and the live reports of a Dutch journalist on board of the Golfo Azzurro.

On the evening of 12 October at 21:15, 113 people were picked up 8.5 nautical miles off the Libyan Mellitah Complex, by four NGO ships; the Phoenix, the Astral, the Iuventa and the Golfo Azzurro. At that moment these four ships were within the territorial waters of Libya.
During this transport, 17 persons were reported missing, including a three-year-old child.

Wednesday 12 October eight o’clock in the morning, the Italian coast guard informed the Golfo Azzurro about the coming “rescue” operation, 10 to 12 hours in advance; they directed the Golfo Azzurro to a location within the Libyan territorial waters. Eveline Rethmeier, a Dutch journalist, was on board of the Golfo Azzurro. At 20:23 (UTC time 18:23) she posted a video were ‘Chief of the Mission’ Mateo told the crew something was coming. In her blog she wrote: “At eight o’clock in the morning we got the messages that there is a ship with problems 30 nautical miles away from us. The Italian coast guard asked assistance in the area. We were briefed by ‘Chief of the Mission’ Mateo. He told us that we should be prepared for guests.”1)



The Italian coast guard did not only direct the Golfo Azzurro to the Libyan territorial waters but also the Phoenix, the Astral and the Iuventa. According to the Malta Today: “It was around 7 pm (12 October) when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Rome contacted Phoenix. Still, it was only at 9.20pm that the rubber boat was sighted by – making use of the Schiebel drones on board the Phoenix. In cooperation with the other search-and-rescue NGOs in the area, a rescue operation was swiftly launched.”2) The Golfo Azzurro was told at 8.00 AM that there was a ship with problems while the Phoenix was contacted 10 to 11 hours later!



During the week that we monitored the area, four Italian tugboats, among them the Megrez, were stationed at the Mellitah Complex, and they were idle most of the time.

While the Golfo Azzurro started its 30-mile trip to assist the boat 6 to 9 nautical miles off Mellitah, it took 10 hours before the Megrez, one of the four tug boats, left the port of Mellitah (20:00 pm) in the direction of the “rescue” point.

The Megrez sailed 6 nautical miles into the open sea, 2 nautical miles from the rescue point. Around 20:40 it reached its end point and without stopping it turned around and went back to Mellitah, where it arrived at 21:17. The whole trip including time, date and speed is recorded by the different AIS tracking websites.

The Megrez, an Italian registered tugboat, sailed in a straight line up and down without stopping and without participating in the “rescue” operation. It looks like the Megrez just dropped something in the open sea and immediately returned home. Forty minutes later after the Megrez turned around, perfectly timed, the Phoenix spotted a boat with migrants.

8.5 nautical miles off Mellitah, within Libyan territorial waters, the four ships, belonging to European NGOs, started their “rescue” mission and picked up 113 persons. The closest safe port is Zarzis in Tunis, about 65 nautical miles west from the “rescue” point. This port is frequently visited by the ships that operate for these NGOs. Instead of bringing the migrants to Zarzis, the Phoenix brought the immigrants 275 nautical miles north to Italy. Of course, the 113 passengers paid 1000 to 1500 euro to be shipped to Europe and not to be transported to Tunis.



On the basis of our observation, it turned out that the Italian authorities knew in advance that there would be a “rescue” operation that night.

They contacted the Golfo Azzurro in advance as the ship was more than 30 nautical miles off the Libyan coast. The captain knew that he was scheduled to pick up migrants, although there was not yet a distress signal. At that moment the migrants were probably still in Libya. At 19:00 the Phoenix was warned by the coast guard and directed to the pick-up point. At 20:00 the Megrez left Libya. 2 nautical miles from the pick-up point, at 20:40 hours it turned around. Forty minutes later the Phoenix spotted the rubber boat. The whole operation was perfectly scheduled. 3)



It looks like the “rescue” is a part of a well organised hazardous human trafficking operation. The fact that 17 people went missing does not make this a rescue mission. The organisers and those involved are entirely responsible for the safety of their passengers and should be held accountable.


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Re: NGOs deal in migrant smuggling
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 20:27 »
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Different “humanitarian” organisations or NGOs involved are an indispensable part of the smuggle route to Europe. We noticed that the Italian coast guard, NGOs and locals coordinate their actions. Whatever they call it themselves, these operations cannot be classified as genuine rescue operations.

The Dutch, Maltese and German based NGOs are part of the human smuggling network and one wonders, are these NGOs themselves criminal organisations.

Whatever the motives of these NGOs, their behaviour is illegal, and in countries governed by a constitution, i.e. European states, crime should be prosecuted regardless of the intention of its perpetrators.

In British law it is recognized that for a crime to be committed there must be "intent";

From; http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/intent

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In Criminal Law the concept of criminal intent has been called mens rea, which refers to a criminal or wrongful purpose. If a person innocently causes harm, then she or he lacks mens rea and, under this concept, should not be criminally prosecuted.

Although the concept of mens rea is generally accepted, problems arise in applying it to particular cases. Some crimes require a very high degree of intent, whereas others require substantially less. Larceny, for example, requires that the defendant intentionally take property to which the person knows he or she is not entitled, intending to deprive the rightful owner of possession permanently. On the other hand, negligent homicide requires only that the defendant negligently cause another's death.


I think it would be difficult, if not impossible, to show the necessary level of intent for a successful prosecution, at least in the UK.

This do`s raise a contentious issue with respect to NGOs; are they above the law and if so who`s law, the law of the country they are operating in or the law of the country they are based in or in this case Maritime Law.

The issue here, for me, is the co-ordination of EU Governments with NGOs knowing full well that they are effectively being blackmailed into providing support to foreign criminals. Their defense of course is that they cannot stand by and allow innocent people to die at sea; not only for moral reasons but because to do so is itself unlawful under Maritime Law.

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Re: NGOs deal in migrant smuggling
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2017, 09:57 »

You are dammed if you do and dammed if you don't.


Not only the NGOs, our entire coast guard , the border guards, do the job of human smugglers . If they see illegal immigrants, they are in danger of life . Then they must help, and have no choice but to bring these people to Europe . No one would try to reach in an overloaded rubber barge Europe , If he did not rely on the help of these life-counselors . This approach has really stimulated the business of smugglers, and the enormous numbers made possible . Reason is also that media , and much of the public , have Europe blamed for the dead . But Europe is not more guilty than America or China, and the more we save , the more will make their way in life danger . Rescue is not always successful , and in the end more will be drowned in the Mediterranean than it would be without our help .
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Re: NGOs deal in migrant smuggling
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2017, 23:43 »
Italian Officials Call For Investigation Of Soros-Supported NGO Migrant Fleet

From; http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-27/italian-officials-call-investigation-george-soros-supported-ngo-migrant-fleet

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Italian authorities are calling for monitoring of the funding of an NGO fleet bussing migrants into the EU from the North African coast after a report released the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has determined that the members of the fleet are acting as accomplices to people smugglers and directly contributing to the risk of death migrants face when attempting to enter the EU.

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The report from regulatory agency Frontex suggests that NGOs sponsoring  ships in the fleet are now acting as veritable accomplices to people smugglers due to their service which, in effect, provides a reliable shuttle service for migrants from North Africa to Italy. The fleet lowers smugglers' costs, as it all but eliminates the need to procure seaworthy vessels capable making a full voyage across the Mediterranean to the European coastline. Traffickers are also able to operate with much less risk of arrest by European law enforcement officers. Frontex specifically noted that traffickers have intentionally sought to alter their strategy, sending their vessels to ships run by the NGO fleet rather than the Italian and EU military.

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Re: NGOs deal in migrant smuggling
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2017, 20:54 »
It would appear that there are three primary routes from North Africa into the EU, via; Greece/Turkey, Italy and Spain. All three are subject to organized corruption, the first two are well known but the Spanish route has been overshadowed by deaths on the Greek and Italian routes.

A recent UK TV program suggests that organized criminal gangs are using minors as cover for adult illegal migrants to gain entry into Spain; apparently adult women with young children arouse less suspicion at the border.

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Re: NGOs deal in migrant smuggling
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2017, 16:24 »
Reason is also that media , and much of the public , have Europe blamed for the dead . But Europe is not more guilty than America or China, and the more we save , the more will make their way in life danger . Rescue is not always successful , and in the end more will be drowned in the Mediterranean than it would be without our help .
La prensa miente deliberadamente, no vienen porque su vida esté en peligro en su país, cuando se viene con toda la familia es que vienen a instalarse para vivir sin intención de volver, es una invasión descarada, no cambian sus costumbres ni reniegan de su religión, vienen a imponerla, a cambiar nuestra forma de vida.
http://www.alertadigital.com/2017/07/24/un-estudio-de-la-universidad-de-leipzig-denuncia-que-la-prensa-alemana-no-ha-informado-objetivamente-sobre-los-inmigrantes/
Ninguno se puede acoger al estatuto de los refugiados, todos deben ser de nuevo expulsados, no les corresponde a las ONGs rescatarlos de supuestos naufragios, esas leyes del mar estaban para que los marinos se ayudasen pero ellos provocan la situación para forzar que los rescaten.
Debería ser el ejército el que les impidiese la entrada, o el que en caso de naufragio los lleve a la costa de la que zarparon.