Red Cross calls for urgent protection for migrants and an end to indifference towards people on the move, following the latest tragic incident in the Mediterranean Sea

Publié: 6 août 2015

Geneva / Rome, 07 August 2015 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is extremely concerned by yesterday’s incident in the Mediterranean Sea, in which a boat believed to be carrying more than 600 people overturned 15 nautical miles from the coast of Libya. Latest reports indicate that approximately 400 people have been rescued and the bodies of 25 people have been recovered from the sea, with many more feared drowned. This is the latest in a series of similar incidents that  have led to the deaths of more than 5,000 people attempting to reach Europe by sea over the past 18 months.

IFRC reiterates its call for a humanitarian approach to tackling the vulnerabilities of people on the move.

It urges governments to ensure that the human rights and dignity of migrants are respected at all times. People on the move need to be able to access effective legal avenues and protection at every stage of their journey. Preventing further loss of life is an absolute priority, a humanitarian imperative, and we stress the importance of guaranteeing the dignity of all migrants and their families by upholding their right to know about the fate of their loved ones, and to access services to reconnect with family members.

More than 98,000 migrants have arrived on Italian shores so far this year. Italian Red Cross is currently operating in every port in Italy, working with the Ministry of Health to provide health assistance, reception facilities and relief for those arriving by boat. In Sicily alone, the main landing point, Italian Red Cross has a network of more than 2,300 volunteers working to help migrants rescued by the Italian Coast Guard.

Following a similar incident in April this year, IFRC launched an emergency appeal on behalf of Italian Red Cross to enable it to respond to the immediate needs of some 85,000 people through the provision of food, relief items, medical and psychosocial support and restoring family links services.

In its work around the world, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement remains committed to providing humanitarian assistance to all migrants in need of protection regardless of their legal status.

For more information on IFRC’s migration work go to or 

For further information, please contact:

In Rome:

  • Laura Bastianetto, spokesperson, Italian Red Cross

E-mail: ¦ Mob: +39 320 797 9485+39 320 797 9485 

In Budapest:

  • Stephen Ryan, emergency communication consultant, IFRC Europe

E-mail: ¦ Twitter: @stiofanoriain ¦ Mobile: +36 70 430 6500+36 70 430 6500 


In Geneva:

  • Giovanni Zambello, senior officer, public communication and outreach, IFRC

E-mail: ¦ Mob: +41 79 708 3394+41 79 708 3394


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