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Without a Savior more drowned

in prison, he must not, that would have probably looked wrong. Claus-Peter Reisch has nothing stolen, nobody killed. On the contrary, While we Europeans were able to displace the issue of refugees, thanks to the border guards agreement with Turkey, was Reisch with "Mission: Lifeline" on the Mediterranean sea and saved people from Drowning. Hundreds. Him to imprison, would be unusually cold.

And yet: free the judges have not spoken to him in Malta. Captain Reisch has to pay 10'000 Euro fine, because he has controlled a duly registered ship in Maltese waters. A real European verdict: It's the right piece of paper was missing.

The judgment is only consistent. In Europe, governments and courts are trying for months, Maritime search and rescue, and to criminalize other escape helpers. Boats are seized on Entering harbors detained. NGOs can be fined, Church people and Pensioner cited before the court, if you stay migrants, or in the car across the border. Also in Switzerland.

death as a means of deterrence

Against the rescue of migrants at sea, there are two arguments. First of all, Private Maritime search and rescue are dangerous Amateurs, unregulated, negligent. Secondly, they encourage the tug of North Africa to send refugees on ramshackle boats into the sea. Someone will come to rescue. Without a Savior less tractor.

However, in the equation a step is missing. Without a Savior more drowned, then perhaps less tug. Both arguments do not work, because you need to take to the point of death, or as a means of deterrence welcome. Yes, private rescuers may be Amateurs, sometimes glorious, sometimes clueless. But it is civilians that are working there are missing, where the state and its professionals. Refugees could be more efficient and democratically legitimate to be out of the water salvaged. That this does not happen, emanates from political will. Here not only the death waits for prosperity.

clear: this is Not all with the hope of a better life can find a place in Europe. The Fears in Italy or Malta are understandable. But a life-saver as Claus-Peter Reisch are the wrong addressees for our Abwehrwut. Europe's politicians are in demand. You must think of on the topic of refugees is more than people for the purpose of deterrence of drowning. As long as this is not the case, are people such as Claus-Peter Reisch indispensable. With and without the right piece of paper.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 14.05.2019, 16:10 PM

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