Communication to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court – sea deaths

Court: International Criminal Court


By Ilaria Aversa and Mariana Gkliati - 6 March 2021

Lawyers: Omer Shatz and Dr Juan Branco,

supported by Paula Stuurman, Joanna Pickering, Elise Lauriot Dit Prevost, Maxine Both, Matthew Abbey, Jeanette Trang, Milena Reig-Amette and Francesco Pinotti.

Submitted: 2019

 

Summary of the legal action:

The lawyers submitted a communication to the ICC based on Article 15 of the Rome Statue, asking her to investigate crimes against humanity regarding the EU migration policies in the Central Mediterranean and Libya between 2014 and 2019. The lawyers request that EU member states that played a prominent role in the refugee crisis, namely Italy, Germany and France, are prosecuted for the deaths of thousands of migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean fleeing Libya. Evidence is also submitted about Frontex’s problematic practices and their consequences for fundamental rights. The case is at the Office of the Prosecutor who will decide whether to prosecute.

Relevant documents

Communication to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Pursuant to the Article 15 of the Rome Statute, EU Migration Policies in the Central Mediterranean and Libya (2014-2019)

 

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