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)