Watch the Med

Watch The Med is an online mapping platform to monitor the deaths and violations of migrants’ rights at the maritime borders of the EU. The WatchTheMed project was initiated as part of the 2012 Boats4People campaign in the Central Mediterranean. Today the project further involves a wide network of organisations, activists and researchers.

Through the transnational cooperation with migrants’ rights organisations, activists, researchers, migrants, seafarers active in, around and beyond the Mediterranean and the use of new mapping technologies, WatchTheMed aims to document the deaths and violations that are the structural product of the militarized Southern European border regime. The online map allows to spatialise incidents across the complex legal and political geography of the Mediterranean Sea. Through the accounts of survivors and witnesses, but also the analysis of ocean currents, winds, mobile phone data and satellite imagery, it is possible to determine in which Search and Rescue zone, jurisdictions and operational areas an incident occurred – as well as showing other boats who were in the vicinity of those in distress. Spatialising such information is essential to determine responsibility for violations at sea. Apart from reconstructing past events, the participatory nature of the platform allows many different actors to to indicate ongoing situations of distress.

The documentation generated by WatchTheMed seeks to support the work of organisations that defend migrants’ rights, inform migrants of their rights and security at sea, pressure authorities into respecting their obligations at sea, support the ongoing campaigns by the relatives of the dead and disappeared at sea, and support legal proceedings against those who violated the rights of migrants.

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29/12: 1 group of travellers stranded on Symi, Greece and another group stranded near Karakoy Mahallesi/Cesme, Turkey
29/12: 1 group of travellers stranded on Symi, Greece and another group stranded near Karakoy Mahallesi/Cesme, Turkey Watch The Med Alarm Phone...

28/12: 1 boat from Nador rescued by SM, 4 boats from tangier – 2 intercepted by MR, one returned by itself, 1 rescued by SM
28/12: 1 boat from Nador rescued by SM, 4 boats from tangier – 2 intercepted by MR, one returned by itself, 1 rescued by SM Watch The Med Alarm...

27/12: 13 people (including 1 woman) left from Achakar and rescued to Spain
27/12: 13 people (including 1 woman) left from Achakar and rescued to Spain Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 27th of December 2018...

26/12: Boat carrying 8 people from Lebanon to Cyprus sank, 1 survivor and 7 missing, presumed dead
26/12: Boat carrying 8 people from Lebanon to Cyprus sank, 1 survivor and 7 missing, presumed dead Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations –...

25/12: 27 people (including 7 children and 3 infants) arrived on a Spanish island close to Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, intercepted by MR
Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 25th of December 2018 Case name: 2018_12_25-WM360 Situation: 27 people (including 7 children and 3...

24/12: 14 people (including 8 women and 1 child) stranded on Ouinousses, Greece
24/12: 14 people (including 8 women and 1 child) stranded on Ouinousses, Greece Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 24th of December...

23/12: 12 ppl on a rubber boat in distress off Morocco - still missing
Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 23rd of December 2018 Case name: 2018_12_23-WM359 Situation: WM 12 people (1 woman) rubber boat, still...

23/12: rubber boat with 60 ppl, rescued to Samos
Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 23rd of December 2018 Case name: 2018_12_23-AEG472 Situation: Rubber boat 60 ppl (30 children and 8...

22/12: Boat with 81 ppl in distress, rescued to Spain
Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 22nd of December 2018 Case name: 2018_12_22-WM358 Situation: WM 81 people (7 women) rescued to Spain...

21/12: 1 boat from Algeria most probably arrived in Spain, 1 boat from Tangier returned to Morocco
Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 21st of December 2018 Case name: 2018_12_21-WM357 Situation: WM 1 boat from Algeria most probably...

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