10-11 December 2014 – UNHCR – Protection at Sea
At stake are lives, rights and the human dignity of people who take to sea” remarked UNHCR’s Director of Protection at the opening of the high level dialogue convened by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on the topic of “Protection at Sea”. The session was called to address a truly global challenge which deserves urgent attention from the international community, in particular governments and the media. It was divided between regional roundtables and 3 working groups concentrating on saving lives, providing safer options and international cooperation to share burdens and responsibilities. The Order of Malta’s Delegation participated in each of the discussions highlighting the Order’s Italian Relief Corps’ (CISOM) first aid at sea operations on board the Italian Coast Guards and Finance Police vessels and stressing the necessity of an inclusive approach that englobes not only refugee law but also the rights of migrants, human rights and international humanitarian law.