“Watching” border authorities and creating political pressure: Those are the major objects of “Watch The Med”, an initiative bringing together activists and human rights organizations from Africa and Europe. They ask refugees in distress at sea to call an “alarm phone” after reaching out to the European coast guards. When “Watch The Med” is contacted by refugees, activists themselves call the coast guards in charge. If the boatpeople in distress do not receive help immediately, “Watch The Med” goes public in order to create political pressure.
“Watch The Med” was initiated in 2012, and installed the alarm phone in 2014 after 200 refugees lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea due to a failure of Italian coast guards.
On the “Watch The Med” website, reports and graphics document the deaths of migrants and human rights violations at Europe`s maritime borders on a regular basis. The network combines various technologies, the most innovative being “new mapping”. On the basis of maritime data analyses and witness reports, sophisticated maps are created which visualize human rights violations on the Mediterranean.