Democracy and participation, Migration

Mare Liberum - monitoring democracy by boat


Who is behind this?

Lisa Groß

Mare Liberum


Who is joining forces?

Sea-Watch e.V.


Watch the Med Alarmphone

borderline-europe - Menschenrechte ohne Grenzen e.V.


Jugend Rettet e.V.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

We have a ship and will surveil the operations of the border guards. We will report the results to the European public and lobby for migrants’ rights. Since one million migrants crossed the Aegean Sea and the Balkans on their way to Western Europe in 2015 and 2016, the European Union has almost completely closed this border. Still, migrants are attempting to cross the border, while many are intercepted and forced back to Turkey, treated inhumanely by border guards or even drown.

Where will your idea take place?

Our boat will be deployed in the Aegean Sea, harbour Mytilene, Lesvos. Association based in Berlin.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Democracy is a lived practice and means building and defending human rights – especially for vulnerable people. In this sense, monitoring migrants’ rights is crucial to democracy in Europe. We build a corrective to EU policies and thereby strengthen the ideas of common social responsibilities.

What is your impact?

Our monitoring mission leads to an improved treatment of migrants and thereby might even save lives. Additionally, our presence as representatives of the European democratic civil society, prevents human rights violations - such as mistreatment, pullbacks and pushbacks - from happening.

How do you get there?

We will build on a “Sea-Watch e.V.” mission from 2017, which had a positive impact. Sea-Watch will hand over their boat to our new association. We will start in spring to activate our contacts on Lesvos. From there we will start with 4-week missions, each with a crew from our network. We will use our existing channels for reporting and building an audience by creating a new website, social media channels and host events to lobby at the European level for a humane treatment of migrants.

What is your story?

We feel that the dignity of Europe is at stake because of the way migrants are being treated at the EU external border. We therefore want to contribute to building an active democratic European civil society, that steps up by not allowing the violations of migrants’ human rights.

Who are you doing it for?

In the first place, we want to ensure that migrants crossing the Aegean Sea can live and enjoy their human rights. Secondly, we want to inform the European public by providing reports and public relation work on the situation of migrants in the Aegean.


Lisa Mare-Liberum


Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 18, 2018

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