In April Norwegian trainers from Redningsselskapet (RS) were in Larache, Morocco working with SAR crew from the Morocco Ministry of fisheries rescue vessel Loukouss.
The training is part of the IMRF Global SAR development project which is looking at improving the SAR coordination and response in the African regions.
The Head of International Projects for RS, Vivi K. Lundgren Schumann, coordinated the activity with IMRF Regional Coordinator and Head of RCC Rabat, Mohammed Drissi.
Human Rights at Sea has published the first voluntary NGO minimum standard guidance, working towards increased levels of joint coordination and cooperation for the on-going humanitarian relief effort in the Mediterranean region and in close co-ordination with established Rescue Coordination Centres, other State and non-State actors.
The first edition of the document titled 'Voluntary Code of Conduct for Search and Rescue Operations undertaken by civil society Non-Governmental Organisations in the Mediterranean Sea' is intended to act as the basis for rapid iterative development with as many stakeholders as possible, including European Institutions, Agencies, shipping and fishing associations and military forces.
IMRF calls for dialogue to discuss unsubstantiated claims of misconduct.
On the 29th March ten maritime search and rescue non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including the IMRF, met with representatives of the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting which took place with the support of Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Miguel Urban, discussed the on-going humanitarian crisis on Europe’s southern borders, and the SAR NGOs' on-going essential efforts to save life at sea.
The focus was understanding and agreeing the means and methods of addressing unsubstantiated accusations of unlawful conduct by SAR NGOs in the Mediterranean region, which, if allowed to continue unchecked, these accusations will endanger lawful SAR activities.