11 September 2012

Focus: Maritime Protection

As these reports attest, boat tragedies continue to occur around the world:

  • 140+ Feared Dead After Migrant Boat Sinks Off Indonesia (Migrants at Sea, Aug. 2012) [text]
  • Almost 64,000 Risk the High Seas to Yemen in First Seven Months (UNHCR, Aug. 2012) [text]
  • Italy: Lampedusa Shipwreck a Grim Reminder of EU’s Failure to Protect Migrants at Risk (Amnesty International, Sept. 2012) [text]
  • More People are Risking Lives in the Caribbean to Reach Safety (UNHCR, July 2012) [text]

Recent publications that discuss how best to provide protection at sea include:


"Expert Meeting on Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Distress at Sea: How Best to Respond?," International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 24, no. 2 (May 2012) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

"Introductory Note to the Djibouti Summary Conclusions on Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Distress at Sea," International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 24, no. 2 (May 2012) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

"Plight of the Boat People: How to Determine State Obligations to Asylum Seekers," Notre Dame Law Review, vol. 87, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]


Asia-Pacific Region Takes Joint Actions to Tackle Mixed Migration (UNHCR, Sept. 2012) [text]

The Devil’s in the Detail (Inside Story, Sept. 2012) [text]
- Looks at offshore processing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea re-established by recently passed legislation in Australia.

[Letter from UN High Commissioner, Antonio Guterres, to Australia's Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, sharing UNHCR's views on Nauru as a regional processing country] (UNHCR Australia, Sept. 2012) [text]

The 'Pacific Solution' Revisited: A Statistical Guide to the Asylum Seeker Caseloads on Nauru and Manus Island (Parliamentary Library of Australia, Sept. 2012) [text]


Hidden Emergency: Migrant Deaths in the Mediterranean (Human Rights Watch, Aug. 2012) [text]

"Refugee and Migrant Protection at Sea: Lessons from the Mediterranean," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 29 (Sept. 2012) [text]

Related posts:

See also posts labelled "rescue at sea."

[Image credit: Dying on Europe’s doorstep: EU should focus on saving migrants’ lives (Amnesty International, July 2012]

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