FREE IUVENTA - SEA RESCUE IS NOT A CRIME
JUGEND RETTET - IUVENTA
JUGEND RETTET is a network of young people who have organized themselves to fight against dying in the Mediterranean. We bought a ship, the IUVENTA, and have already saved more than 14,000 people from distress. In this way, we are countering the humanitarian catastrophe and collective European failure.
On the 1st of August, the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) ordered the IUVENTA to Lampedusa. Subsequently, it was seized by Italian authorities. The day before, we refused to sign the so-called Code of Conduct of the Italian government, which would have forced us to break international maritime law.
CRIMINALISATION OF SEA RESCUE
The aim of European migration policy is to close the humanitarian corridor. In order to achieve this, the NGOs active in the Mediterranean will be kept from rescue operations. The situation escalated in a campaign of slander and criminalisation, which falsely accused us of co-operation with smugglers.
As a rescue organisation, we observe the instructions of the responsible authority, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, in Italy. Our rescue missions are based on international maritime law and are based on internationally recognised humanitarian principles.
The Italian prosecutor's office uses statements and accusations from right-wing circles with the intention of sealing off fortress Europe even more brutally at its external borders. Dubious evidence from the sphere of the right-wing extremist Identitarian movement is used in the politically motivated campaign against the NGOs.
EUROPEAN AID TO BREACH INTERNATIONAL LAW
In the Libyan civil war various militia are fighting for power. The so-called Libyan coast guard is part of a civil war division and is supported by European states. This Libyan coast guard, under threat of violence, prohibits the unauthorised travel on international waters, and disregards applicable and established sea and international law. People who are apprehended when crossing to Europe end up in detention camps with catastrophic conditions, are subjected to massive violence, and human rights violations. Last year more than five thousand people were been killed while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
Europe does not accept any responsibility for the indescribable suffering at our external borders, and neither allows safe escape routes nor state rescue programs. Instead, the European states are now financing the people who were ruthless smugglers yesterday, so that they can stop those fleeing over the crossing today. Meanwhile, we are prevented from documenting the humanitarian catastrophe with our rescue missions and from saving human lives. However, we will not stop criticising the deadly logic of European migration policy.
Now, more than ever, we are dependent on your support! Show your solidarity and raise your voice for us. You can help us through small actions: share our message! Get in touch with us - with a comment or a banner.
Only together can we make it possible for the IUVENTA to save lives.
#FreeIUVENTA - Sea Rescue is not a Crime
2018/07/25: Call for Action to the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
A demand for the continuation of access to individual asylum rights in Europe.
2018/07/09 PRESS RELEASE: SYSTEMATIC WALLS-UP POLICY: Investigations against crew members of Jugend Rettet e.V.
After the rescue ship IUVENTA of Jugend Rettet e.V. has been detained under the pretext of a preventive seizure last August, the Italian public prosecutor's office is now expanding its investigations against individual crew members of the organization. The criminalization of search and rescue organizations with the aim of a complete isolation of Europe shows once again its cruel and deterrent face.
2018/06/24 Joint Statement: Stop the Externalisation of European Borders
The civil rescue fleet urges the EU and its member states to stop the ongoing externalisation of their borders, carried out through a policy of containment of migration and pull-backs by proxy. Instead of focusing on the criminalisation of the civil rescue NGOs, we ask for solidarity amongst the European states (Art. 80 TFUE) and towards the people in need of international protection.
2018/06/22 PRESS RELEASE: NEW THREATENING GESTURES OF THE ITALIAN INTERIOR MINISTER AGAINST GERMAN MARITIME RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS
2018/04/24 Objection against seizure of IUVENTA rejected.
The First Criminal Section of the Cassation Court in Rome rejects
objection to the seizure of IUVENTA by Jugend Rettet e.V. Despite the lack of evidence
for the allegations against the organization and high death toll on the central
Mediterranean route, the IUVENTA until further notice will not be able to operate.
A more detailed explanation of the decision is currently pending.
2018/04/23 Decision to release IUVENTA will be announced tomorrow morning.
The Cassation Court in Rome held this morning, but no decision has yet been announced. For our lawyers, it is clear that the allegations that have already been refuted by external experts do not meet the criteria for seizure of IUVENTA. By this evening, the judges will have made a decision. We will be informed of the outcome of the decision tomorrow morning.
2018/04/18 Jugend Rettet IUVENTA started petition website #right2rescue
Following statement can be signed on right2rescue.org:
"Confiscated ships don't safe any lives. We demand the immediate release of the IUVENTA. I herewith support the humanitarian work of civil search-and-rescue NGOs."
2018/04/17 Decision on the release of our IUVENTA on April 23rd in Rome
The decision on the release of our IUVENTA will take place on April 23rd in Rome. 973 people have died on the central Mediterranean route since the day of the, August 2nd. No evidence against us, nor against individual crew members is available to date. Various experts refuted the allegations of the Italian prosecutor.
If valid law will be spoken, then from April 23rd we can continue to do what we have been convinced of since the beginning: saving people from distress.
2018/04/16 Ship of the Proactiva Open Arms has been released!
The ship of the Proactiva Open Arms has been released! We are in good faith of being able to dedicate ourselves to saving people after April 23rd. See you soon, Proactiva Open Arms!
2018/04/12 Documentation "Shitstorm against Sea Rescuers: When Help Produces Hatred" was awarded a silver medal at the "New York TV & Film Festival".
The documentary "Shitstorm against Sea Rescuers" by ZDF was awarded a silver medal at the "New York TV & Film Festival".
2018/04/06 Video by Monitor: "Torturers and traffickers: Germany's brutal partners in Libya"
People flee from Libya via the Central Mediterranean route. In Libya, they mainly experience torture and ill treatment. Knowing about this state of affairs, the German Federal Government and the EU continue to cooperate with brutal militias. We demand a humane asylum policy!
2018/04/04 Italian Member of Parliament Erasmo Palazzotto on the ideological motives of the Italian prosecutors
On April 23rd the court in Rome decides on the confiscation of the IUVENTA. Member of Parliament Erasmo Palazzotto already finds clear words and speaks of ideological motives of the Italian prosecutor.
2018/03/30 Newsdeeply on Europe's dangerous policy at sea
Europe relinquishes control of the Mediterranean to civil war Libya. Why right and humanity are at stake is explained by Matteo of Amnesty International.
2018/03/26 Human Rights Watch on the confiscation of IUVENTA
Clear words from Human Rights Watch on the confiscation of IUVENTA. How can ships be confiscated while people continue to drown on the outskirts of Europe?
2018/03/22 Prospect Magazine: "Europe’s new anti-migrant strategy? Blame the rescuers"
Prospect Magazine on the criminalization campaign against rescue organizations on Europe's most dangerous escape route.
2018/03/21 Video by Monitor: "Allegations of torture against Libyan partners of the German Federal Government"
Torture allegations against Libyan partners of the German Federal Government. Monitor with the reaction from the Foreign Office.
2018/03/21 Press Statement: Seizure of the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms
Jugend Rettet is devastated by the actions of the Italian authorities and recognizes similarities between the confiscation of the rescue vessel of Proactiva Open Arms and the confiscation of IUVENTA.
2018/03/20 Solidarity from IsraAID
Sea rescue is still not a crime! Thanks to IsraAID, Refugee rescue and Lighthouse Relief for your solidarity on Lesbos.
2018/03/18 Ship of Proactiva Open Arms confiscated
As a matter of course state repressions against unpleasant NGOs are taking place in Europe: on August 2nd 2017, the IUVENTA was confiscated by the Italian authorities. To date, there are no charges against the organization or individuals. On March 18th, 2018, the ship of Proactiva Open Arms was detained. Instead of relying on constructive solutions in migration policy based on existing law and humanitarian values, the EU is simply trying to close the Central Mediterranean route by all means. The fact that the European Contracting States thereby break with international and human rights agreements, by people being rejected to Libya, is apparently accepted as well as the European cooperation with criminal structures in Libya. Human rights are valid for all people, irrespective of their legal status - and the criminalization of the people who support these rights is an intolerable situation.
2018/03/15 Article on tagesschau.de: "Brutal militia as a partner of Germany?"
"Germany is supporting Libya's government, especially to keep refugees away from the EU. According to Monitor an unpublished UN report now raises serious allegations against security forces in the country."
2018/03/15 Proactiva Open Arms threatened by "Libyan Coast Guard"
Proactiva Open Arms is threatened with weapons by the "Libyan Coast Guard" 73 nautical miles off the Libyan coast. They want Proactiva Open Arms to hand over the rescued people on board.
Mar. 13th: Case IUVENTA: Appointment at the Supreme Court of Cassation
On April 23rd the court in Rome will decide on the release of our Iuventa. On that day we will go into second instance against the seizure and demand the immediate return of our rescue ship. We are certain that the allegations of the public prosecutor's office lack any legal basis, that our crews have always adhered to applicable law and have worked in a highly professional manner and that they have done nothing wrong. Over the last few months, we have had the allegations repeatedly reviewed not only internally but also externally, and the interviewed experts agree with us on all points raised, which prove our innocence. That is why 8 months after the confiscation we are sure: The Iuventa must be released.
In addition to the encouragement of international organizations and experts, we are especially encouraged by you!
The confiscation as a legal instrument is a political measure. We will not accept that. We are not alone in our fight. Together with other organizations, we not only fight for our Iuventa, but also for a humane right of migration! We say: #freeiuventa! #RechtaufFlucht!
Mar. 7th: "Forensic Architecture" analysed the IUVENTA case
With the help of video material and a scientific analysis, the "Forensic Architecture" team has recreated the case surrounding the IUVENTA. The results: How the Italian authorities are presenting the case differs clearly from what actually happened.
Feb. 27th: Sea rescue NGOs present Joint Statement in Brussels
The central Mediterranean route is still the most dangerous escape route in the world. Criminalization of rescues and escape do not provide any relief. In Brussels, we have now submitted a joint statement to the EU. What would speak against these points? Together with borderline europe - Menschenrechte ohne Grenzen e.V., Watch The Med - Alarmphone, Sea-Watch, LIFELINE Salvamento Marítimo Humanitario and RESQSHIP we ask the EU: Are we the scapegoats of the failed EU policy?
Feb. 23rd: Zeit.de: Report of German parliament suggests that European ships prevent the rescue of refugees
"The report basically states that it is not just the Libyan coast guards who commit human rights violations. But also European warships. And possibly also the Italian distress control centre in Rome."
Feb. 9th: Jugend Rettet at reading and discussion "Dictators as bouncers of Europe" in Augsburg
Reading with Christian Jakob: Dictators as bouncers in Europe - How the EU is moving its borders to Africa ("Diktatoren als Türsteher Europas – Wie die EU ihre Grenzen nach Afrika verlagert").
Feb. 4th: Report by "Monitor" on the IUVENTA case
Report by "Monitor" on the IUVENTA case, the procedures of the Italian Public Prosecutor's Office and the lack of evidence.
Feb. 2nd: Jugend Rettet "Hate Slam"
On this Hate Slam event individuals and organisations share hate comments they received and compete against professional slammers.
The best contribution will receive the first Bernd Höcke award.
Jan. 31st: Kettcar collecting donations for Jugend Rettet on their tour
Kettcar are collecting donations for us on their current tour. We like to thank all of our supporters for the ongoing solidarity and the power you are giving us to continue our work in times like these.
Jan. 30th: Article by Jib Collective on the missing evidence in the case IUVENTA
There is no evidence to justify the confiscation of Iuventa. The Jib Collective has summarized the events chronologically:
Jan. 28th: Sea rescue NGOs call for Social Media Action Day #RechtaufFlucht (Right to Asylum)
"Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution." - Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 14. Users of Social Media are called to share photos, statements, stories and videos in support of the organisations' efforts for the right of asylum.
Jan. 25th: Report in "Monitor" on the IUVENTA case
Jan. 17th: "Rescuers in the Mediterranean" on German TV ZDF
Julian was one of our crew members on the Mediterranean. He is currently in charge of the Sea-Watch 3 and reports on ZDF about the currently escalating situation at sea.
Jan. 26th: Commentary in the "Tagesschau" on the isolation of Europe
Europe is shutting itself off. But at what price?
Falling numbers of arrivals can only be achieved by keeping people where they face torture, violence and terror. We will not be watching.
Jan. 11th: Report in "Monitor": "Deadly Sea Rescue: The Brutal Operations of the Libyan Coast Guard in the Mediterranean"
This frightening report from "Monitor" shows how the EU is making deals with a desolate "state": the European external border thus expands across the Mediterranean. The victims are people drowning in attempts to reach Europe.
Dec. 22nd: Workshop on sea rescue
"This is IUVENTA – all hands to stations!"
As part of the 11th federal congress in cooperation with the federal agency of medicine students in Germany ("bvmd") in Mainz we held a workshop on sea rescue. We spoke about the challenges of unsalaried SAR work and discussed real, medical case reports from our mission experience.
"Not the necessary commitment to human life has changed, but the political climate" - Präses Manfred Rekowski, Evangelical Church in Germany, supports our demands.
Oct. 24th: Political youth organizations support the joint appeal of the sea rescue organizations to change direction in refugee policy
The youth parties of the Green Party (Grüne Jugend), Left (Linksjugend ['solid]) and Social Democrats (Jusos in der SPD) paint a new picture about the role of Germany in migration issues: They speak out for us and point to the responsibility of the EU.
Oct. 23rd: Joint statement to Germany's coming federal government: Sea rescue organizations demand a change of direction in refugee policy (German)
Oct. 8th: VUT Award 2017 Böhmermann x Feine Sahne Fischfilet auctioned off for Jugend Rettet IUVENTA
Jan Böhmermann and Feine Sahne Fischfilet auctioned off their award to support us with the proceeds. Together with Böhmermann's price money and additions by Feine Sahne Fischfilet the whole donation consists of more than 5.000€!
We are looking forward to meet the highest bidder on the harbour cruise in Hamburg together with Feine Sahne. ❤
Thanks for your support! #freeIUVENTA
Jan Böhmermann and Feine Sahne Fischfilet auction off their award to support us with the proceeds. ❤
While Böhmermann will give his price money on top to the proceeds, Feine Sahne Fischfilet offer a place on their guest list for the highest bidder and we'll invite him_her to a harbour cruise in Hamburg with a real IUVENTA captain and our 3x5 meter #FreeIUVENTA banner!
To make it even more exciting we invite Böhmi and Feine Sahne Fischfilet to also attend the harbour cruise!
Sept. 29th: Solidarity party "Monvmental" in Rostock
April 5th: The IUVENTA starts it's 3rd mission in 2017
March 17th: Suddenly: Mail from the Ministry of the Interior...
March 16th: Mission De Maizière was finished and was able to rescue 110 people.
December 12th New hoodies, zippers, beanies and shirts
Our new merch is here! Among new hoodies, shirts and zippers you can now also get beanies: jugendrettet.org/merch
December 3rd-4th Crew meeting in Berlin
Our crews were able to save 6.526 lives. We all met last weekend again to evaluate the missions and to optimize our processes. Our common goal is less deaths in the Mediterranean.
December 1st We do not want gifts
Dear EU, we have a Christmas wish: we want a state sea rescue program. We are pupils, trainees and students. We are simply young people. We want you to rescue people in maritime emergency on the Mediterranean. With numerous supporters we were able to rescue more than 6500 lives from drowning. We need any support, because you, dear EU, you will probably not fulfill our Christmas wish. We do not want gifts. We want fewer deaths.
November 29th The IUVENTA reached her winter storage in Croatia
The IUVENTA reached her winter storage in Croatian. She'll get reconstructed again in February as we need a new crane and also new dinghies. Furthermore we want to use our crews' experience to adjust her for the rescues. With our colleagues of Rainbow for Africa we optimize our hospital for a more efficient medical care. Next spring she'll head for the Med again.
November 23rd 6.526 saved lives
With Mission Diversity our last mission for this year is over. We were able to accomplish seven missions in 2016. Thank you very, very much to everyone who was a part of our crews. You made our theoretical considerations come true and saved 6.526 lives. Furthermore we would like to say thank you to everyone who helped that the Iuventa is a rescue ship now: our numerous donors, everyone who helped during the resconstruction and also a big thank you to our ambassadors and ambassadresses who do not only make sure Jugend Rettet gets more and more popular, but also collected so many donations. From the first day on, Jugend Rettet was for everyone to participate and we're grateful and proud what we achieved together. THANK YOU!
November 23rd Mission Diversity done
Our crew of Mission Diversity is back safe and sound. Guys, thank you so much for your great effort and the rescue of 393 lives!
November 18th Humany Tee: Short's story
Together with Humany Tee and Studio Flox we produced this little video to tell Short’s story and why every shirt matters: → Link By the way: 80% of Humany Tee’s revenue goes to Jugend Rettet.
November 17th 100 people rescued
This morning the MRCC called our crew to an emergency situation with 100 people on a rubber boad. Despite severe weather conditions with 1.5 - 2 metre high waves, the rescue went well and everyone came on board safely.
November 15th Tough rescue with many deaths
The Iuventa is currently together with the Maersk Erin in a difficult use - A rubber boat capsized. The 23 survivors are on board of the Maersk Erin. 100 people are missing. The crews are searching for survivors in the water and recovering dead bodies. Our thoughts are with the victims and everyone involved of this catastrophe.
November 14th Ambassadors from Engstingen collect 3066,93€
Our two ambassadors for Engstingen, Aron and Jeremias, started their first big campaign at different schools last weekend. This brought together 3066,95€! We're very proud of these two and grateful for anyone who donated so generously. Great Work!
November 12th 140 people rescued
140 people were rescued today. Among them two pregnants. Our medical team of R4A took care of them and further supplied several burns, one broken arm and a girl with fever. The Aquarius of SOS MEDITERRANEE took all of them on board. Furthermore our crew was a part of saving six rubber boats yesterday. More info to come.
November 11th Mission Diversity leaves Valletta
Our seventh and therefore last crew for this year left Valletta last night. The mission runs under the name Diversity. Cultural diversity mustn't be a reason for fear and origin must never be a reason for hate. Diversity doesn't take anything from us. To us diversity is the big gain for a society. Willingness to a diverse society is characterised by welcoming of people with open arms instead of defending borders. As different as we all may be, the ability to act human unites us all.
November 10th 2016 deadliest year for refugees on the Med
"More than 4.200 people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean this year or are missing. Already two months before the end of the year, 2016 is the year with most deaths in the Mediterranean. (...) Each and single one of these people have a story and a face. They escape wars, discrimination, violence and the lack of resources." We demand the EU to overtake responsibility! Source (german): MSF
November 10th Andronikos' circumnavigation around the island of Lesbos ended
Yesterday Andronikos' circumnavigation around the island of Lesbos ended - for the moment. His autumn holidays are over and Andronikos has to return to school. He is, however, planning to complete the rest of his circumnavigation in his Christmas holidays. An exciting and successful week is over: he sailed from Molivos in the north of the island to the small village of Nifida on the Gulf of Kaloni in the south. One night Andronikos spent with young refugees in their quaters. His commitment and solidarity is admirable. Thank you, Andronikos!
November 7th Skipper Uli passes the commando to Kai
After four missions our Skipper Uli passes the IUVENTA over to our new Skipper Kai. Thank you very, very much for your great engagement and perseverance, Uli! All the best to Kai and thank you for your support!
November 6th Mission Dignity completed - 2733 people rescued
The mission was unbelievably demanding, mentally as physically, long stretches without any sleep, but yet with indescribable success. Within seven operating days we were able to save 2733 lives, of which we gave 1293 people protection on board of the IUVENTA, medical supply, water and food. Our medical team of Rainbow 4 Africa took care of bullet wounds, complicated fractures, heavily pregnants in critical condition and numerous - partly severe - combustions. Some cases of seasickness were successfully treated, too. Two female patients urgently had to get picked up by a helicopter of the Italian marine and were brought to a hospital on Malta. Again all boats were overloaded and therefore in a critical condition. The tubes of several boats collapsed due to too much weight. Luckily our RIB was always on-site to rescue the people quickly and safely. As it already happened during Mission Unity, the boats appeared at any day and night time, which lead to search and rescue even when it was pitch black. Together with our two RIBs we managed to find every boat and rescue everyone. We can not say thank you enough to our crew of Mission Dignity. We're proud of you!
November 4th 840 people rescued
Since 2am our crew is in use again. An emergency call from the MRCC woke the crew to take their position. With many lookouts, our dinghy in the water and the help of the Bourbon Argos (MSF) we managed to discover the first boat and supplied everyone with life jackets. The Bourbon Argos took everyone on board. According to the people they started with two boats, so we continued the search for the second one. Almost simultaneously another call from the MRCC came in to tell us about another boat. It was sighted north of the 15nm zone and got supplied with life jackets, too. The Bourbon Argos took all of them on board again. 09:55am ... 6 rubber boats later. The Iuventa, Minden (LifeBoat), Bourbon Argos and Topaz Responder (MOAS) are still in use. The Iuventa took 140 people on board. All in all 840 were rescued within 8 hours. Right now our RIB is shuttling people from a rubber boat to Topaz Responder. The LCG is assisting them.
November 3rd Rescue of 420 people
UNHCR informs that 239 people are missing after the catastrophe between Libya and Italy yesterday evening. Today was a rough day as well. Our crew of „Mission Dignity“ assisted rescuing 420 people from maritime emergency. All passengers were brought to the Phoenix of MOAS safely. Right now our crew is still busy with ongoing rescue missions. Catastrophes like the one that happened yesterday can be avoided: By safe and legal passages! We demand action from European governments and the civil society right now!
October 29th Refugee Rescue Solidarity Party in Berlin
Berlin! The next must-attend event for everyone who likes to combine doing good and celebrating is coming: Tilman dedicates his 25th birthday to us and invites everyone to Loophole Berlin next Saturday. Thank you, Tilman! More information.
October 28th 15-year-old Greek starts charity circumnavigation
The 15-year-old Andronikus, so far the youngest supporter of Jugend Rettet e.V., will start a symbolic charity circumnavigation of his native island Lesbos on 28th October 2016 to draw attention to the dying on the Mediterranean. "With my circumnavigation I would like to help Jugend Rettet to proceed with their missions successfully, because every person in maritime emergency deserves rescue. Each of us can support this in his or her way through actions like this or through donations. Jugend Rettet shows this in a way that impressed me deeply and will be an example for me for a lifetime,“ Andronikos explains.
October 27th More rescues
The current situation on the Mediterranean can hardly be described. Not a day goes by without at least one rescue and our crew gets hardly any time to rest and recover from these strenuous missions. Due to extreme weather conditions the situation gets more and more dangerous for the fleeing, too. Our crew took 169 people from a rubber and a wooden boat on board yesterday. One person could only be brought out of the rubber boat dead. Furthermore our team helped retrieving one more corpse out of the water. Only 2h after finishing their use and the guests got handed over for their transport to the VOS Hestia, another emergency call reached our crew of Mission Dignity. Since this night the Iuventa is in use with again 280 between 300 guets on board. Among them two pregnant women, about to give birth.
October 25th Mission Dignity in continuous use
As soon as our crew of reached the SAR zone they were is in continuous use. Already on sunday an emergency call about two rubber boats reached the crew. Luckily both boats were stable. We distributed life jackets and took all 279 people on board. Unfortunately there were many dehydrated and exhausted people as well as persons with severe burns so that our medical team of Rainbow4Africa was very busy. Due to long discussions with the MRCC in Rome it took a while until we had a solution to transport the rescued. Only at five past ten in the evening the rescued got handed over to the Spanish coast guard. We wish everyone an onward journey. Yesterday 268 people were taken on board and handed over to a Maltese warship shortly after midnight. Only 15 minutes later the next emergency call came in. All the other NGOs are in continuous use, too. Unbelievable that private organizations have to do all this work.
October 21st Start of Mission Dignity
"Human dignity is inviolable" that's how it is written in Article 1 of the Constitution. It's hard to trust this sentence, while the European Union forces people to take such a dangerous rout like the one via the Mediterranean. This why we try to at least keep a little dignity alive by not letting them drown. We see it as our duty to support people on the run instead of turning away from them. To safe and respect the dignity of every single human also means to avoid shocking pictures of people in the water who fear for their lives.
October 14th Mission Unity finished
Welcome back to our amazing crew of Mission Unity! Thank you for your great effort and the rescue of 423 lives.
October 14th 148 people rescued
130 people were held by our crew of the current mission Unity from a rubber boat and another 18 from a wooden boat. Our crew supplied them with water, food and medicine. We wish them all the best for their future.
October 12th Rescue under difficult conditions
In the night of the 12th to 13th October our crew was part of rescuing 126 people. The rescue was not only because it was pitch black outside extremely difficult, but also due to high waves and strong wind. The weather pushed the rubber boat back into Libyan territorial waters. Yet there was not much time to think as MOAS drone showed that one tube already bursted and people slipped into the water. Together with Proactiva, Boat Refugee Foundation and MOAS our RIB shuttled the rescued to the Phoenix. 17 people, among them a four-year old could not get rescued.
October 7th Rescue of 132 people
132 people were saved from a robber boat - among them a family with four kids, who were extremely happy about their new cuddly toys.
October 5th Rescue of 30 people
30 people, who were on a wooden boat, were rescued by our crew of Mission Unity 50nm off the Libyan coast. The people were already at sea for two days. At some point the motor broke. Everyone was taken on board of the Iuventa, where they also spent the night until they were handed over to the Italian coast guard.
October 4th Start of Mission Unity
As part of the the Day of Reunification of Germany, we want it to point out that borders - if they are in the heads of people or on maps - can never justify that people have to fear for their lives. As a group of young Europeans we trust in the power of a unified European commitment. We need to hold on to our democratic and humanitarian values which are unfortunately at the moment too often discussed and questioned.
October 4th Photos of Mission Humanity
On our last mission, Mission Humanity, we had Zohra Bensemra by Reuters on board, whose images have been published on Reuters and were also conducted during the last week under the heading "Pictures of the day" at The Wall Street Journal: http://de.reuters.com/news/picture/migrants-plucked-from-overloaded-dinghy?articleId=UKRTSOT3O
September 30th Mission Humanity finished
Our crew of Mission Humanity came back to Malta safe and sound. Thank you very much for your great effort and the rescue of 131 people.
September 21st 131 people rescued
Despite moderate weather, a couple of boats left Libya yesterday.
Our crew of Mission Humanity supplied one rubber boat with life jackets and took all 131 people on board of the IUVENTA. Among them twelve women, no children.
Our medical team treated two gunshot wounds and in spite of the circumstances, everyone was well.
In the late afternoon our crew handed the rescued over to Save the Children, who took everyone safely to Italy.
September 19th German-Japanese exchange
Lena, Alex and Sonja presented Jugend Rettet at the German-Japanese exchange in Berlin.
September 18th Cooperation with Humany Tee
With the start of Mission Humanity Humany Tee gives 60% from the profit of every sold shirt to us: https://humanytee.teemill.co.uk
September 16th Start of Mission Humanity
Our fourth crew of Mission Humanity leaves Valetta today for their operation on the Med.
With Humanity we express our empathy for people on the run and the effort for the unlimited equivalence of all individuals. Especially people on the move should rate high within our society instead of being stigmatized. We demand the decriminalization of fleeing people as well as support and equal opportunity.
September 14th Ambassador network grows
We’re happy that our ambassador network keeps on growing. Currently there are 47 ambassadors and ambassadresses in many different European cities. Check it out: en.jugendrettet.org/team
September 12th 1,454 lives saved by Mission Responsibility
Within only one week our crew was a part of saving 1.454 lives. You already know about the first rescue where 280 people were rescued last Monday. Additionally our crew supplied 6 rubber boats with each 150 people from which our crew took 440 on board of the IUVENTA on Saturday.
On Sunday they were able to save 74 people of which 12 were children from wooden boats. Also on Sunday our dinghies rescued 200 people from an overcrowded rubber boat and handed them over the Boat Refugee Foundation. The crew reported that the people were in a very poor condition.
September 12th Crew 3 arrives in Valletta
The IUVENTA is now back to Malta. We thank our crew of Mission Responsibility for their great effort.
Crew member Kathrin about the operation: "When everyone wears their life jackets, it's time to breathe for the first time."
September 5th First rescue of Mission Responsibility
Our crew of Mission Responsibility rescued serveral boats with people in need for protection together with Proactiva and Moas. All in all the IUVENTA took 280 people from two rubber boats on board. 228 men, 48 women (of which nine were pregnant) and four children. The people got supplied with medical care and fresh clothes.
#jointherescue and donate now: en.jugendrettet.org/spenden
September 3rd We won at ZEIT ONLINE's Z2X Festival
The participants of the festival voted which project should get promoted in the future by Zeitonline. With 250 votes Jugend Rettet won. Thank you so much!
September 1st Start of Mission Responsibility
Our crew of Mission Responsibility leaves Malta today to start their operation. We wish you strength and are grateful for your valuable service. We decided on the name Responsibility as the organization, our crews, our ambassadors and our donors take responsibility instead of looking away. When people are forced to take such a dangerous escape route as there aren't any legal possibilities then the only thing left to say is that states fail to render assistance. #safepassage
August 27th Stories from board
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August 20th End of Mission Equality
For our crew of Mission Equality a short mission with few application has come to an end. After a couple of uneasy days at sea too dangerous to attempt the crossing, they were able to conduct sea rescue of 140 people together with Moas and Sea Watch. Now they're back in Malta safe and sound. Thank you for your effort! #missionequality
August 5th Mission Equality starts
Our second crew left Valetta for the SAR-zone today at noon. We named the mission Equality as we stand up for everyone having equal rights. Everyone in maritime emergency deserves rescue, regardless how they got there and where they come from.
August 5th Mission Solidarity completed
Our first crew was able to rescue 1388 people in maritime emergency. We’re very proud and grateful.
August 2nd In the SAR for one week
July 30th IUVENTA in operational area
We’re in our operational area with IUVENTA for almost one week now and could save 1.228 people. Despite the revival measures two people couldn't be saved. We demand legal possibilities of entry.
July 30th 131 people rescued
Our crew saved 131 people, who were on a rubber boat. One baby among them.
July 29th First rescue mission
426 people in maritime emergency were rescued by our crew of "Mission Solidarity". They were in wooden and rubber boats on the way. The crew supplied 146 directly on board of the IUVENTA, additional 280 were stabilised with life jackets and supplied.
Everyone in maritime emergency deserves rescue.
July 27th There’s Jugend Rettet Merchandise
Sea rescue with a T-shirt? You asked for it - we did it. Join the rescue and wear our lovely T-shirts, zippers and jumpers. The profits are directly going to our mission Humanity. By the way, the merchandise is not only completely fair-trade, but also from organic cotton and very comfy: jugendrettet.org/merch
July 24th Mission „Solidarity“ leaves for starting the rescue
The IUVENTA starts her first mission. Every of mission has its own name. We call the first one „Solidarity“. The IUVENTA leaves Valetta at 8:00 pm and will be located in the operational area (12 nautical miles from the Libyan coast) from 26th of July. A massive thanks goes out to the crew! We wish you great strength in your dedicated and important work.
July 22nd Thomas from Sea Watch shares his experiences
Thomas from Sea Watch shares his experiences, which he collected during three missions, with our first crew.
July 22nd Hans-Sachs-Gymnasium Nuremberg collects donations for Jugend Rettet
The Hans-Sachs Gymnasium in Nuremberg awards the title "school without racism" and collects on this initiative donations for Jugend Rettet. Many thanks to the school council for organizing this.
July 21st Spanish newspaper writes about Jugend Rettet
The Spanish newspaper europa press publishes an article about us.
July 21st Preparation for the first mission
Our crew is currently preparing themselves for the first operation which starts this weekend. Navigator Nadja guides the safety training on board.
July 17th Għandi pjaċir, Valetta! - The Iuventa reaches Malta
Not too long now until the IUVENTA will fulfil her intended goal: rescue people in maritime distress. We reckon she will leave for her first mission on 24th of July.
July 14th Lena and Jakob in Rome at the MRRC
Lena and Jakob present Jugend Rettet today at the UNA VIS Meeting in Rome. All NGOs taking action in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard and the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, which coordinates all rescue operations on the Mediterranean are there for the meeting.
July 12th The IUVENTA passes the Pillars of Heracles
The IUVENTA passes the Pillars of Heracles and therefore officially arrived in the Mediterranean.
July 5th Football connects
A very special friendly match takes place: the ESV Neuaubing vs. SpVgg Unterhaching. The ESV Neuaubing is Bavarias first refugee team who plays in the Bavarian Football Association.
July 1st Stage for Peace Festival
We're happy to be a part of the first Stage for Peace Festival in Nuremberg taking place on 1st of July. 50% of the revenue will be donated to Jugend Rettet. We can only recommend to everyone from the area to grap your tickets and to support a good cause: bit.ly/stageforpeace
June 2016 One year Jugend Rettet
One year ago Lena and Jakob founded Jugend Rettet e.V. We’re all very proud of what we could achieve so far.
June 30th The Iuventa leaves Emden
The Iuventa leaves Germany for Malta to start her rescue missions within a couple of weeks from there.
June 24th Ship naming ceremony of IUVENTA
Our rescue ship received her official name „Iuventa“ on June 24th. Take a look at the pictures.
June 20th ZDFtivi reports
Mirko from the German tv cannel for children ZDFtivi visited us last week in Emden and Jakob showed him around the ship: http://bit.ly/zdftivi
June 19th Lena at Rheingauer Wirtschaftsforum 2016
Within the Rheingauer Wirtschaftsforum 2016, Lena participated in debates on the topics „Female Shift“ and „War and Peace“.
June 13th Seminar on sea rescue
Proper preperation for our missions at the Mediterranean Sea is more than essential for us. Therefore a couple of Jugend Rettet crew members took a three-day training course on the subject of sea rescue on the sailing ship Thor Heyerdal. Thanks to Sea-Watch for the organization!
June 10th action medeor e.V.
action medeor e.V. donates the complete medicine equipment for our infirmary on board. Thank you very, very much!
June 9th Update on FluxFM
After our ship arrived in Emden, Pauline gave a little update on Flux FM.
June 9th Start of the reconstruction in Emden
If you’re interested in helping, send a mail with the reference „reconstruction“ to email@example.com.
June 8th The ship arrives in Emden
June 7th The ship got successfully reregistered
May 20th We received a large load of life jackets!
We received a large load of life jackets! Thank you, Elsfleth Kutterpull-Team!
Follow the link to see what else we need: jugendrettet.org/sachspenden.
May 19th Sales agreement signed!
Jakob has just signed the ship's sales agreement!
May 10th Jugend Rettet at ev1.tv
Ambassador Jannik presented Jugend Rettet at ev1.tv
April 2016 Submission of the cost proposal for the ship
Launch of the second funding campaign on Betterplace. Supervised by our consultant the ship is lifted into the dry dock → The underwater hull as well as the external wall's thickness are looking good. Also the oars, propeller and bow thruster don't show any significant damages.
March 2016 German actors manifest their support
German actress Maria Furtwängler and German Actor Jan Josef Liefers manifest their support for Jugend Rettet choosing the most suitable ship and getting it checked by a referee.
March 20th Jugend Rettet joins initiative
Jugend Rettet joins the "Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (ITZ)"
February 20th Start on betterplace.org
As of today our campaign on betterplace.org started.
39 days are left to donate - we need 80.000€ and 24.000€ are already collected.
Now we need you: Rescue too!
Each euro will help us to start our mission in June.
February 18th Making of our crowdfunding clip
Right now we're in the making of our crowdfunding clip!
February 15th Soli party in newyorck59
February 13th Ship inspection!
We went to the Netherlands today to visit the two ships that we consider as the best fit to our needs. Our expert gives us green lights about the machinery. More infos will follow soon!
February 10th Phase 1 almost complete!
Exciting news! The full 150.000€ which a ship will cost in our calculations, will be donated! Condition to this is, that we collect the money for conversion and running costs for the first month - 80.000€ - until March 31st. We are stunned by this generosity. To make the conversion happen as planned, beginning April 1st, we need you more than ever: Please support us by telling about us. Every little donation will bring us closer to our aim, to save human lives!
Thank you so much everyone, who already donated to us and spread our word. It is important now to get everything going, so the conversion for rescue missions can be realized.
January 20th Talk at Rotary Club Aachen
Last night Team Aachen, here a part of the team together with Rotary-President Jens Zier, presented Jugend Rettet at the Rotary Club. Keep up the good work! If you want to join Team Aachen, send an e-mail to Luisa!
Januar 16th Article on n-tv
"We want to use the aspect of being a youth organization as a leverage. If we can do this without any expertise, there is no excuse for the failure of government agencies." News broadcaster "n-tv Der Nachrichtensender" met the founding members Lena and Jakob. Enjoy reading!
January 14th Jugend Rettet goes poetry!
Today a support poetry slam took place for us. Thank you very much "Leuchtfeuerworte" for organizing this for us!
January 12th We are on Instagram!
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January 10th Donation status
Thank you for 16,500€! As always: tell your friends about us! Every donation counts. Thank you all for your great support! donate
January 9th Article in university magazine "Der Albrecht"
Der Albrecht, university magazine of the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, published and article about us. This too is a wonderful preparating lecture for our first open meeting in Kiel on january 19th. Our ambassador Matthis will answer you any questions you might have, notify him if you want to join!
January 9th Support party in Berlin
Yesterday night we collected 349,55€ at our first support party! Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us, as well as to our Berlin ambassador Sonja and her little rescuers!
January 7th Article in Aachener Nachrichten
The Aachener Nachrichten, a local newspaper, visitet our team in Aachen and published an article about us! If you want to join our team in Aachen, send a mail to Luisa. Article in Aachener Nachrichten
January 5th Party in Aachen
January 4th 2016 Article in K50 - Magazin für Köln und Region
The K50 - Magazin für Köln und Region recently published a small article about us. If you want to join our cause, contact our ambassador from Cologne Carlo.
December 17th Open meeting in Aachen and presentation of the movie Asyland in Bonn
Jakob and Luisa hold an open meeting at the RWTH Audimax and in Bonn we again attend a presentation of the movie Asyland.
December 15th Guests at the university radio Aachen
This morning you could hear our ambassador from Aachen at the local universitys radio Hochschulradio Aachen
December 14th Open meeting in Bonn
Our ambassador Tobi held an open meeting at the Institute for Anglistics and American Studies in Bonn.
December 13th Donation status
So far we have collected 10.300€ and thus financed more than 1,20m (3,5ft) of our ship. Thanks to everyone that has supported us so thoroughly so far. Regardless, we still need more money to be able to buy the ship. Share this post with your friends and tell them about our project. This is the only way we can buy the ship and set an example against the inactiveness of the governments. Every donation counts! We thank all our supporters. Donate here
December 12th Presentation of the movie Asyland in Hamburg
In Hamburg we again accompanied the presentation of the movie Asyland and the following discussion.
December 9th Christmas market in Trier
On two days, visitors of the christmas market in Trier could tinker christmas cards and support our mission to rescue. Thanks to ambassador Asa and all the little rescuers in Trier.
December 8th Open meeting in Nuremberg
December 2nd Visit from Jule Müller and presentation at the b.traven secondary school
Today, Jule from im gegenteilgave us a visit!
Aswell: "Why can't the people simply come with an airplane?" - We answered questions like this during our first presentation in a school, at the b.traven secondary school!
December 1st Open Meeting at Baiz Berlin and interview with FOCUS Online
Yesterday we have been at the Baiz in Berlin! We presented our project and answered many questions. We are glad about our new supporters.
You missed the date? We have a lot of upcoming events like open meetings, where you can ask us any questions and discuss with us.
Aswell, our founding member Jakob was interviewed by FOCUS Online! The article tells about launch and how we imagine the time on the ship. Worth a read! Link
November 29th Visiting the Paul-Löbe-Haus Berlin
Saturday we attended the "Conference »Refugees welcome«" at the Paul-Löbe-Haus in Berlin! In the workshop, private persons, organizations and societies exchanged their experiences and work. Within the different topics, international escape and the change of escape routes were very interesting for us. We are excited for further exchange!
November 26th Visiting Theater und Komödie at Kurfürstendamm Berlin
November 24th Open meeting in Münster
November 23rd Visiting Radio Q in Münster
November 22nd Presentation at the movie Asyland
Today we were given the opportunity to present ourselves at the screening of the new movie #Asyland. The movie depicts the story of refugees and their experiences in Germany. It becomes clear the we have to meet on eye level! very worth seeing. Our ambassadors Carlo from Cologne Tobi from Bonn where there aswell.
November 19th Open meeting in Potsdam
November 13th Harald Zindler consults Jugend Rettet + open meeting in Berlin Neukoelln
We are proud to present you and important consultant of Jugend Rettet: Harald Zindler, founding member of Greenpeace and head of several Greenpeace actions, like the risky occupation in Nordenham (http://bit.ly/nrdnhm1). He aquired four ships himself and now consults us with buying our ship. Photo: Jann Wilken
November 11th Invitation to Heimathafen Neukoelln
The director of the stageplay "Ultimo Ratio" invited us to Heimathafen Neukoelln. Ultimo Ratio is based on a true story and was made from original documents. It tells the story of Aliyah and her husband Rooble, who are to be deported due to the Dublin III regulation. Aliyah can't take anymore: Escape from Somalia. Through the Sahara. Lampedusa. Homeless Aliyah ist am Ende ihrer Kräfte: Flucht aus Somalia. Durch die Sahara. Lampedusa. Without shelter and defence she was exposed to violence and abuse on the streets of Catania. - She could not bear that again. With their church asylum, the community Christophorus sets something against the authorities orders, and fights for Aliyah's story to be heard. After the stageplay, we had the opportunity to introduce us. We also had an information stand there.
November 9th Open meeting in Cologne + first week of funding phase
We held our first open meeting in Cologne.
Simultaneously, the first week of the funding phase has ended and we are astonished: Gleichzeitig ging die erste Woche der Spendenphase vorbei und wir sind stunned: 6500 Euro! Thanks to the 17 supporters, that brought us closer to our first rescue mission.
November 7th Visiting Jugendmedientage (Youth Media Days) in Bonn
Our visit at the youth media days was a full success and we found a dedicated ambassador for Bonn. To let his ideas for actions become reality as soon as possible, he needs you as "little rescuers". If you live in Bonn and want to get active, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
November 6th Nuremberg ambassador at Radio AFKmax
Our Nuremberg ambassador Jojo was invited to Radio AFKmax. Here you find a short recording: http://bit.ly/jrafkmax
November 2nd Start of 1. phase
The people on the Mediterranean are dying. We want and will not watch passively. This is why today the first of our three funding stages takes off. Until February 2016, we will collect a total of 270.000 Euro, to buy the ship and bring it to Hamburg for conversion. Each time a donation comes in, another part of the ship's design will be revealed: ../spenden. We need your donation, to set something against the European indifference and the situation on the Mediterranean to rescue people. Donate now!
November 1st Nowkoelln Flowmarkt
Today we presented our project at the Nowkoelln Flowmarkt! With your support we were able to collect 600€, which are fully invested into our ship.
October 31st Visit fromJugend Rettet our consultants to the dutch coast
We are steadily moving towards our first rescue mission. During a visit from Jugend Rettet and our consultants to the dutch coast, we inspected four ships. We took a closer look to the space on deck, the storage rooms and cranes aboard, to check whether they match our intent. The trip to the Netherlands was a big step for us. We are satisfied to see our plans become more tangible each day. Next time we visit the Netherlands, our way back will be aboard our ship. From monday on, we collect funds for that. Only two days until our first funding stage!
October 19th Start Twitter + opening of our donation account!
From now on you can follow us on Twitter, ask questions and discuss with us: https://twitter.com/jugendrettet
Aswell, we opened our donation account!
October 15th 2. open meeting in Berlin
We had many discussions at yesterdays meeting at Mehringhof. Especially the mission of the german marine was an important topic. For six weeks, two ships from the german marine where on a sea rescue mission. Now they are ought to be part of EU-mission "Sophia", to destroy smuggler networks. We research the background of this decision and have already met with a representative of the ministry of defense. Within short, a meeting with representatives of the Bundeswehr will follow. At our open meetings, we always bring you up to date.
October 12th Ambassador action Nuremberg
Right now we are present with our ambassador in Nuremberg and start the first flyer action.
October 10th Bundeswehr representatives report from their mission on the Mediterranean Sea
Exchange with representatives from the germany ministry of defense regarding the Bundeswehr participation in Operation Sophia and visit of the Joint Operations Command.
October 3rd Launch and first open meeting
Founding of the association Jugend Rettet, entry to register of associations.
Our first open meeting yesterday evening as a big success. Thanks everyone for attending. We will regularly repeat the presentation. If you have suggestions for locations in Berlin or other cities where we can present our cause, please mail to email@example.com.
September 27th Jugendrettet.org goes online
Start of the website www.jugendrettet.org and Facebook page.
September 20th Common Good status accomplished!
Acceptance of our common public interest through financial authorities.
July 20th Shiptype determined!
We determined a dutch fishtrawler is the best ship to fulfill our needs.
July 2015 Founding of core team and building an ambassador network in Germany
June 2015 Examination of our concept
Examination of the concept from Jugend Rettet for financial and technical practicality. Estimates of cost are worked out, the legal base for our mission got clarified.
Early June 2015 The idea for Jugend Rettet originates.
News about dead in the Mediterranean every day. The idea to found Jugend Rettet originates. Opinions on the intent are obtained, experts and fellows sought. Contacts are established through captains, ship owners and organizations.