Rescue at Sea and Asylum on Humanitarian Vessels

Author: Salvo Nicolosi
Published: 23.12.2022
The recent impasse concerning the disembarkation of nearly 600 migrants rescued in Maltese and Libyan search and rescue (SAR) zones on the Central Mediterranean by NGO vessels (Humanity 1, operated by SOS Humanity, the Ocean Viking, operated by SOS Mediterranée, lately joined by the Geo Barents, operated by Médécins Sans Frontières (MSF), and Rise Above operated by Mission Lifeline) not only constituted a test for the new Italian far-right government, but it has raised a number of legal issues. Questions on the unlawfulness of the Italian inter-ministerial decree preventing the NGO ships to disembark the rescued migrants in the national…