Workers' Group statement on the criminalisation of solidarity

by the EESC's Workers' Group

In the light of the desperate humanitarian situation in the Mediterranean, characterised by a disrespect for EU principles and values and worsening in recent weeks, the Workers' Group maintains that:

  • solidarity is NOT and will never be a crime
  • saving lives is the paramount human obligation both morally and in terms of international law
  • the humanitarian action and selfless activity of civil society must never be criminalised
  • immigration should not be used as a political instrument.

The Workers' Group reaffirms its full support for – and solidarity with – all those organisations, men and women who act to save lives. (prp)