Regina Catrambone, Co-Founder and Director of MOAS, Migrant Offshore Aid Station is in Strasbourg this week with the group of NGOs that were runners up for the #SakharovPrize* 2018.
Regina is also a member of New Europeans and in 2016, MOAS won the New European of the Year Award.
In this week when we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights it is important to remember how much civil society organisations and NGOs are under threat in Europe.
Instead of praising and supporting the work of NGOS rescuing migrants, some have been criminalized and all have been forced to suspend their missions.
Commenting on the situation with rescue NGOs in Europe, Roger Casale, Founder and CEO of New Europeans said:
"Every time a man, woman or child drowns in the Mediterranean, a part of Europe, a part of ourselves dies, too. As citizens of Europe, we are so incredibly proud of the work that these NGOs do.
The people who work for the rescue missions are the best of us in Europe. They put our values to work every day by saving lives. It is shameful to criminalise those who risk their lives for others."
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*The 2018 Sakharov Prize was won by Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian film-maker and will be awarded to the Ukrainian film maker and the award ceremony is on 12 December.