Migrant deaths are rising despite increased operational presence at sea. Proactive Search and Rescue (SAR) operations are being replaced by security missions by coastal states. Allegations of human rights violations against boat migrants and NGO vessels and personnel are multiplying and humanitarian assistance is being conflated with the crimes of smuggling and trafficking.
SAROBMED was created to aid this trend by observations of the development in the Mediterranean. The key purpose of SAROBMED is to set up an independent, research-led observatory of search and rescue and interdiction incidents, through the collection, analysis and dissemination of reliable data regarding human rights violations in the Mediterranean.
Members of the Observatory record and report incidents occurring at sea to the SAROBMED who processes, stores, and analyses the data. Analysing and systematising new data sources feeds into evidence-based research, tracking trends, identifying best practices, and fostering knowledge exchange between partners. Further, researchers have the opportunity to gather and compile this new dataset, conduct ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary research, and impact realities beyond academia, helping to generate a counter-narrative challenging prevailing discourse and raising public awareness.
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