Statement on the criminalisation of solidarity

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

  1. Solidarity is NOT and will never be a crime
  2. Saving lives is the paramount human obligation both morally and from the point of view of international law
  3. Humanitarian action and selfless activity of civil society must never be criminalised
  4. 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.