• C’était 2007, et #François_Gemenne, alors doctorant, a écrit ce texte...

    Carte blanche François Gemenne Doctorant au Centre d’études de l’ethnicité et des migrations (Cedem) de l’Université de Liège Client nº 338 983 492 de #Brussels_Airlines : La courageuse #révolte des personnels navigants face aux #déportations par #avion

    En novembre dernier, j’ai pris un vol de Brussels Airlines (qui, à l’époque, s’appelait encore SN Brussels Airlines) à destination de Nairobi. À l’arrière de l’avion se trouvait une dame d’une cinquantaine d’années, que deux policiers ramenaient de force dans son pays. Peu avant le décollage, la dame a commencé à crier et à pleurer, suscitant une gêne évidente chez les autres passagers. J’ai beau savoir que ces déportations de demandeurs d’asile déboutés sont régulièrement organisées sur les vols réguliers des compagnies commerciales, c’était la première fois que j’en étais le témoin direct.

    Cette déportation n’a donné lieu à aucun incident particulier : il y a eu des cris, des larmes, des supplications et des menottes, mais, pour autant que je m’en sois rendu compte, pas de coups. Il n’en va pas toujours ainsi, et l’exemple de Semira Adamu sera toujours là pour nous le rappeler.

    J’ai passé le plus clair du vol à m’en vouloir de ne pas avoir protesté davantage, de ne pas être descendu de l’appareil, et de m’être finalement rendu complice de cette expulsion. Je me souviens en avoir beaucoup voulu au personnel de cabine pour sa professionnelle indifférence, qui m’apparaissait comme une caution tacite des méthodes employées. À mon retour, j’avais écrit à la direction de la compagnie, pour me désoler que celle-ci se rende complice de cette politique de déportations. On avait poliment accusé réception de ma protestation, sans plus. Et depuis, je m’étais étonné que les compagnies aériennes, les pilotes, les hôtesses et les stewards, acceptent que l’État utilise ainsi leurs avions pour ramener de force chez eux ceux qui n’avaient commis d’autre crime que celui de vouloir habiter chez nous.

    Voici pourtant que les pilotes et les personnels navigants d’Air France font maintenant savoir à leur direction qu’ils en ont marre, et que leur métier est de faire voyager les gens, pas de les déporter contre leur gré. Leur révolte est courageuse, et leur dégoût salutaire.

    On apprend aussi que les pilotes d’Air Canada ont émis la même revendication il y a quelque temps, et que la compagnie canadienne a depuis cessé de transporter les demandeurs d’asile déboutés. On apprend même que c’est tout le groupe Star Alliance, la première alliance aérienne mondiale, qui comprend notamment la Lufthansa et Air Canada, qui envisage d’arrêter les déportations.

    Dans ce concert, les pilotes de Brussels Airlines restent étrangement muets. Sans vouloir souffler des idées à leurs syndicats, il me semble qu’ils sont actuellement en position de force par rapport à leur direction, et que ce serait le moment où jamais de mettre cette revendication sur la table. Si la direction de Brussels Airlines tient vraiment à garder ses pilotes, elle aurait ainsi l’occasion de prouver sa bonne volonté.

    La démarche des pilotes d’Air France est louable, mais elle n’est pourtant pas totalement étrangère à des motivations commerciales. Car c’est également l’image de marque de la compagnie qui est en jeu. Quand j’ai émis une timide protestation auprès d’une hôtesse du vol de Nairobi, en novembre dernier, c’est bien ce souci qu’elle avait à l’esprit quand elle m’a placidement répondu de ne pas m’en faire, et que les cris cesseraient rapidement après le décollage. Tant d’argent investi dans le confort des sièges, la réduction des files d’attente aux comptoirs d’enregistrement, le design des uniformes et des fuselages, tout cela réduit à néant par des cris, des pleurs et des échauffourées à l’arrière de l’appareil ? Quand des déportés menottés meurent à l’arrière des Airbus tricolores, le ciel cesse rapidement d’être le plus bel endroit de la terre.

    Les déportations à bord d’appareils commerciaux ont pourtant un mérite : elles assurent la publicité de cette politique. Que se passerait-il si, demain, Brussels Airlines ou Air France refusaient de se rendre encore complices de cette politique ? On peut difficilement imaginer que l’État organise les déportations sur RyanAir. Plus vraisemblablement, on affréterait alors des trains spéciaux et des vols charter. Ça coûterait plus cher, beaucoup plus cher. Pour autant, on doute fort que nos gouvernements réalisent qu’il serait infiniment plus économique, et même rentable, de laisser simplement ces gens s’installer chez nous.

    Par contre, nous ne saurions plus rien des expulsions qui ont lieu jour après jour. Aurions-nous vraiment été mis au courant de la mort de Semira Adamu, si elle avait été tuée dans un avion militaire ? Des passagers pourraient-ils encore s’indigner, se révolter quand des déportés sont violentés par les policiers ?

    Notre Constitution et nos lois prévoient et organisent la publicité des débats parlementaires et judiciaires. L’État, par souci d’économie, a organisé de facto la publicité des déportations. Chaque vol commercial qui s’envole avec un passager menotté à bord nous rappelle que, collectivement, nous avons un problème. Et que tous les passagers, dans leur indifférence, à commencer par la mienne, en portent une part de responsabilité.

    Récemment, comme tous les clients de Brussels Airlines, j’ai reçu un courrier me demandant s’il était important pour moi de recevoir un journal à bord, ou qu’un repas me soit servi en vol. On ne m’a pas demandé, par contre, s’il était important pour moi que tous les passagers aient librement consenti à leur présence dans l’avion. C’est pourtant une question à laquelle j’aurais volontiers répondu.

    https://www.lesoir.be/art/la-courageuse-revolte-des-personnels-navigants-face-aux_t-20070713-00CCQG.htm
    #résistance #pilotes #asile #migrations #expulsions #renvois

    Ajouté à cette métaliste sur la #résistance de #passagers (mais aussi de #pilotes) aux #renvois_forcés :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/725457

  • Migranti, stop agli aerei di Sea Watch. “Ennesimo ostacolo al soccorso”

    Enac ha revocato il permesso per l’aeroporto di Lampedusa. La missione di ricognizione aree dei due velivoli #Moonbird e #Colibrì è per ora ferma. Linardi: “Gli occhi della società civile danno fastidio”. Enac: “Previsto dalle regole”.

    Bloccati gli aerei di ricognizione, Moonbird e Colibrì, dell’ong tedesca #Sea_Watch operati insieme all’organizzazione francese #Pilotes_volontaires. Ai due velivoli è stato negato per la prima volta il parcheggio all’aeroporto dell’isola di Lampedusa. L’Enac ha chiesto un permesso per operazioni speciali, un’autorizzazione che in passato non era mai servita per poter utilizzare la pista dell’aeroporto siciliano. Per ora, dunque, in attesa che la situazione si sblocchi, la missione area resta ferma.

    L’Enac contattata da Redattore sociale fa sapere di “non aver concesso l’autorizzazione ai voli Moonbird e Colibrì perché le norme nazionali, così come quelle in vigore negli altri Paesi europei, per questi aeromobili prevedono l’uso solo per le sole attività ricreative e non professionali. Nello specifico, il Colibrì non è un aeromobile certificato secondo standard di sicurezza noti , è in possesso di un permesso di volo speciale che non gode di un riconoscimento su base di reciprocità per condurre operazioni diverse da quelle sopra menzionate, tanto meno condotte in alto mare - sottolinea l’Ente -. Il velivolo, inoltre, è stato inoltre oggetto di modifiche significative di cui non abbiamo tranciabilità”.

    Per Enac le operazioni di Search And Rescue sono “operazioni professionali che nel nostro sistema richiedono un regime autorizzativo non compatibile, peraltro, con gli aeromobili di costruzione amatoriale. Di tutto ciò abbiamo dato informazioni al proprietario esercente del velivolo e all’autorità francese - precisa ancora Enac, specificando che lo stesso vale anche per Moonbird “un aereo svizzero che presenta comunque caratteristiche molto simili a quelle del Colibrì”. “L’attività Enac è finalizzata all’attuazione e al rispetto delle norme di sicurezza che regolano e disciplinano le operazioni di volo” conclude l’Ente.

    Il progetto di ricognizione civile nasce nell’aprile del 2017, per monitorare il Mediterraneo centrale e offrire supporto alle operazioni di salvataggio in mare. L’iniziativa ha il sostegno della Chiesa evangelica tedesca. Negli ultimi anni gli aeroplani delle ong, oltre a segnalare le imbarcazioni in difficoltà, hanno denunciato anche alcuni casi di naufragio. Come il 23 maggio scorso quando da un video realizzato proprio a bordo di Moonbird si vede un uomo sparire tra le onde vicine a un gommone in distress.

    Per Sea Watch il blocco dei velivoli per “complicazioni burocratiche” è l’ennesimo tentativo di ostacolare l’attività di soccorso in mare delle ong. “Le nostre operazioni aeree sono attenzionate perché gli occhi della società civile danno fastidio, sia in cielo che in mare”, sottolinea la portavoce Giorgia Linardi.

    Intanto, secondo quanto rivelato dal quotidiano britannico The Guardian a inizio agosto, proprio il controllo aereo delle frontiere marittime sta diventando uno dei tasselli fondamentali della presente e futura strategia messa in campo dall’Europa per il controllo dei flussi migratori. L’agenzia europea di sorveglianza delle frontiere esterne Frontex oltre a gestire le politiche di rimpatrio degli stati membri dell’Ue è parte anche di un investimento da 103 miliardi di euro in aeromobili a pilotaggio remoto. Droni, telecamere aeree sul Mediterraneo, per controllare i confini e in teoria anche i naufragi che lì avvengono. Tuttavia alla richiesta di inviare copia delle istruzioni che gli operatori dei droni dovrebbero seguire qualora “intercettassero” un’imbarcazione in stato di pericolo, Frontex ha risposto di non poter inviare quei materiali.

    https://www.redattoresociale.it/article/notiziario/migranti_stop_agli_aerei_di_sea_watch_ennesimo_ostacolo_al_soccorso
    #avions #sauvetage #mer #Méditerranée #ONG #asile #migrations #réfugiés

    Ici plus d’info sur la mission Moonbird initiée par des pilotes suisse et #Colibri initiée par des pilotes français:
    https://seenthis.net/messages/485880

    #the_end #la_fin #fin

  • Allemagne : des pilotes empêchent les vols de renvoi de migrant·es
    5295 personnes ont été expulsées l’année dernière via les aéroports de la La Rhénanie-du-Nord–Westphalie. 240 expulsions ont échoué parce que les compagnies aériennes ou les pilotes ont refusé de le faire.

    Widerstand gegen Abschiebungen in NRW.
    Piloten verhindern Abschiebeflüge

    2018 sind an nordrhein-westfälischen Flughäfen rund 240 Abschiebungen verhindert worden. Meistens durch den Widerstand von Piloten oder Fluggesellschaften.
    DÜSSELDORF dpa/lnw | Über Flughäfen in Nordrhein-Westfalen wurden im vergangenen Jahr 5295 Menschen abgeschoben. Rund 240 geplante Rückführungen auf dem Luftweg scheiterten in NRW – meistens wegen Widerstands durch Fluggesellschaften oder die jeweiligen Piloten. Das geht aus der Antwort der Bundesregierung auf eine Kleine Anfrage der Linke-Fraktion im Bundestag hervor.

    Bundesweit wurden demnach 2018 deutschlandweit 21.059 Menschen über den Luftweg abgeschoben. 5.008 davon vom Flughafen Düsseldorf aus, 285 über Köln/Bonn, zwei Personen wurden über Dortmund ausgeflogen.

    169 Mal scheiterten Abschiebungen am Flughafen Düsseldorf, weil sich Fluggesellschaft oder der Pilot weigerten, die Personen mitzunehmen. In Köln passierte das sechsmal. Dort wiederum leisteten 30 Menschen so heftigen Widerstand, dass sie nicht abgeschoben werden konnten.

    In Düsseldorf scheiterten acht Abschiebungen an „Widerstandshandlungen“, so die Bundesregierung. In 28 Fällen mussten in Düsseldorf Abschiebungen wegen medizinischer Gründe“ abgebrochen werden, zweimal in Köln.

    Insgesamt hat das Land NRW im vergangenen Jahr 6.603 Menschen abgeschoben. Laut einem Bericht des Flüchtlingsministeriums waren das 5 Prozent mehr als im Jahr zuvor.

    http://www.taz.de/Widerstand-gegen-Abschiebungen-in-NRW/!5577565

    #politiques_migratoires #reconduction #désobéissance #pilotes #Allemagne

  • Pilot verhindert Abschiebung einer Hochschwangeren nach Algerien

    Sie war im achten Monat schwanger und laut Attest nicht reisefähig - dennoch sollte eine 30-Jährige mit ihrer Familie nach Algerien abgeschoben werden. Erst der Pilot hatte ein Einsehen. In #Marburg schlägt der Fall hohe Wellen.


    https://www.hessenschau.de/gesellschaft/pilot-verhindert-abschiebung-einer-hochschwangeren-nach-algerien,abschie
    #résistance #pilotes #asile #migrations #réfugiés #renvois #expulsions #Allemagne

    v. aussi la métaliste ici:
    https://seenthis.net/messages/725457

  • 15 personnes poursuivies pour avoir tenté d’empêcher le décollage d’un charter de 57 expulsés (Ghana et Nigeria) en se couchant sur le tarmac (voir End Deportation latest newsletter : https://us16.campaign-archive.com/?u=ae35278d38818677379a2546a&id=6be6b043c3)
    –-> reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop par Claire Rodier.

    #Stansted_15 : Amnesty to observe trial amid concerns for anti-deportation activists

    Amnesty considers the 15 to be human rights defenders

    ‘We’re concerned the authorities are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut with this case’ - Kate Allen

    Amnesty International will be observing the trial of 15 human rights defenders set to go on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court next week (Monday 1 October) relating to their attempt to prevent what they believed was the unlawful deportation of a group of people at Stansted airport.

    The protesters - known as the “#Stansted 15” - are facing lengthy jail sentences for their non-violent intervention in March last year.

    Amnesty is concerned that the serious charge of “endangering safety at aerodromes” may have been brought to discourage other activists from taking non-violent direct action in defence of human rights. The organisation has written to the Director of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Attorney General calling for this disproportionate charge to be dropped.

    The trial is currently expected to last for approximately six weeks.

    Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, said:

    “We’re concerned the authorities are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut with this case.

    “Public protest and non-violent direct action can often be a key means of defending human rights, particularly when victims have no way to make their voices heard and have been denied access to justice.

    “Human rights defenders are currently coming under attack in many countries around the world, with those in power doing all they can to discourage people from taking injustice personally. The UK must not go down that path.”

    https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/stansted-15-amnesty-observe-trial-amid-concerns-anti-deportation-activis

    #avion #déportation #renvois #expulsions #UK #Angleterre #résistance #procès #migrations #asile #réfugiés #frontières

    –---

    voir aussi la métaliste sur la #résistance de #passagers (mais aussi de #pilotes) aux #renvois_forcés :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/725457

    • The Stansted protesters saved me from wrongful deportation. They are heroes

      The ‘Stansted 15’ face jail for stopping my flight from taking off. They helped me see justice – and the birth of my daughter

      I’ll never forget the moment I found out that a group of people had blocked a charter deportation flight leaving Stansted airport on 28 March 2017, because I was one of the people that had a seat on the plane and was about to be removed from Britain against my will. While most of those sitting with me were whooping with joy when they heard the news, I was angry. After months in detention, the thought of facing even just one more day in that purgatory filled me with terror. And, crucially, I had no idea then of what I know now: that the actions of those activists, who became known as the Stansted 15, would help me see justice, and save my life in Britain.
      Stansted 15 convictions a ‘crushing blow for human rights in UK’
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      I first arrived in Britain in 2004 and, like so many people who come here from abroad, built a life here. As I sat in that plane in Stansted last year I was set to be taken “back” to a country that I had no links to. Indeed there is no doubt in my mind that had I been deported I would have been destitute and homeless in Nigeria – I was terrified.

      Imagine it. You’ve lived somewhere for 13 years. Your mum, suffering with mobility issues, lives there. Your partner lives there. Two of your children already live there, and the memory of your first-born, who died at just seven years old, resides there too. Your next child is about to be born there. That was my situation as we waited on the asphalt – imagining my daughter being born in a country where I’d built a life, while I was exiled to Nigeria and destined to meeting my newborn for the first time through a screen on a phone.

      My story was harsh, but it’s no anomaly. Like many people facing deportation from the United Kingdom, my experience with the immigration authorities had lasted many years – and for the last seven years of living here I had been in a constant state of mental detention. A cycle of Home Office appeals and its refusal to accept my claims or make a fair decision based on the facts of my case saw me in and out of detention and permanently waiting for my status to be settled. Though the threat of deportation haunted me, it was the utter instability and racial discrimination that made me feel like I was going mad. That’s why the actions of the Stansted 15 first caused me to be angry. I simply didn’t believe that their actions would be anything more than a postponement of further pain.

      My view isn’t just shaped by my own experience. My life in Britain has seen me rub along with countless people who find themselves the victims of the government’s “hostile environment” for migrants and families who aren’t white. Migration and deportation targets suck humanity from a system whose currency is the lives of people who happen to be born outside the UK. Such is the determination to look “tough” on the issue that people are rounded up in the night and put on to brutal, secretive and barely legal charter flights. Most take off away from the public eye – 60 human beings shackled and violently restrained on each flight, with barely a thought about the life they are dragged away from, nor the one they face upon arrival.
      Stansted 15 activists vow to overcome ‘dark, dark day for the right to protest’
      Read more

      I was one of the lucky few. My removal from the plane gave me two life-changing gifts. The first was a chance to appeal to the authorities over my deportation – a case that I won on two separate occasions, following a Home Office counter-appeal. But more importantly the brave actions of the Stansted 15 gave me something even more special: the chance to be by my partner’s side as she gave birth to our daughter, and to be there for them as they both needed extensive treatment after a complicated and premature birth. Without the Stansted 15 I wouldn’t have been playing football with my three-year-old in the park this week. It’s that simple. We now have a chance to live together as a family in Britain – and that is thanks to the people who lay down in front of the plane.

      On Monday the Stansted 15 were found guilty of breaching a barely used terror law. Though the jury were convinced that their actions breached this legislation, there’s no doubt in my mind that these 15 brave people are heroes, not criminals. For me a crime is doing something that is evil, shameful or just wrong – and it’s clear that it is the actions of the Home Office that tick all of these boxes; the Stansted 15 were trying to stop the real crime being committed. As the Stansted 15 face their own purgatory – awaiting sentences in the following weeks – I will be praying that they are shown leniency. Without their actions I would have missed my daughter’s birth, and faced the utter injustice of being deported from this country without having my (now successful) appeal heard. My message to them today is to fight on. Your cause is just, and history will absolve you of the guilt that the system has marked you with.

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/10/stansted-15-protesters-deportation

    • Regno Unito, quindici attivisti rischiano l’ergastolo per aver bloccato la deportazione di migranti

      La criminalizzazione della solidarietà non riguarda solo l’Italia, con la martellante campagna contro le Ong che salvano vite nel Mediterraneo. In Francia sette attivisti rischiano 10 anni di carcere e 750mila euro di multa per “associazione a delinquere finalizzata all’immigrazione clandestina”. Nel Regno Unito altri quindici rischiano addirittura l’ergastolo per aver bloccato nella notte del 28 marzo 2017 nell’aeroporto di Stansted la deportazione di un gruppo di migranti caricati in segreto su un aereo diretto in Nigeria.

      Attivisti appartenenti ai gruppi End Deportations, Plane Stupid e Lesbian and Gays Support the Migrants hanno circondato l’aereo, impedendone il decollo. Come risultato della loro azione undici persone sono rimaste nel Regno Unito mentre la loro domanda di asilo veniva esaminata e due hanno potuto restare nel paese. Nonostante il carattere nonviolento dell’azione, il gruppo che ha bloccato l’aereo è finito sotto processo con accuse basate sulla legge anti-terrorismo e se giudicato colpevole rischia addirittura l’ergastolo. Il verdetto è atteso la settimana prossima.

      Membri dei movimenti pacifisti, antirazzisti e ambientalisti si sono uniti per protestare contro l’iniquità delle accuse. Amnesty International ha espresso la preoccupazione che siano state formulate per scoraggiare altri attivisti dall’intraprendere azioni dirette nonviolente in difesa dei diritti umani. Il vescovo di Chelmsford, la cittadina dove si tiene il processo, si è presentato in tribunale per esprimere il suo appoggio agli imputati. La primavera scorsa oltre 50 personalità, tra cui la leader dei Verdi Caroline Lucas, la scrittrice e giornalista Naomi Klein, il regista Ken Loach e l’attrice Emma Thompson hanno firmato una lettera in cui chiedono il ritiro delle accuse contro i “Quindici di Stansted” e la fine dei voli segreti di deportazione.

      Nel Regno Unito questa pratica è iniziata nel 2001. Molte delle persone deportate hanno vissuto per anni nel paese; vengono portate via dai posti di lavoro, in strada o dalle loro case, rinchiuse in centri di detenzione, caricate in segreto su voli charter notturni e inviate in paesi che spesso non conoscono e dove rischiano persecuzioni e morte. Alcuni non vengono preavvisati in tempo per ricorrere in appello contro la deportazione. “Il nostro è stato un atto di solidarietà umana, di difesa e resistenza contro un regime sempre più brutale” ha dichiarato un’attivista.


      https://www.pressenza.com/it/2018/12/regno-unito-quindici-attivisti-rischiano-lergastolo-per-aver-bloccato-la-
      #UK #Angleterre #solidarité #délit_de_solidarité #criminalisation #asile #migrations #réfugiés #expulsions

    • Activists convicted of terrorism offence for blocking Stansted deportation flight

      Fifteen activists who blocked the takeoff of an immigration removal charter flight have been convicted of endangering the safety of Stansted airport, a terrorism offence for which they could be jailed for life.

      After nearly three days of deliberations, following a nine-week trial, a jury at Chelmsford crown court found the defendants guilty of intentional disruption of services at an aerodrome under the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, a law passed in response to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

      The court had heard how members of the campaign group End Deportations used lock-on devices to secure themselves around a Titan Airways Boeing 767 chartered by the Home Office, as the aircraft waited on the asphalt at the airport in Essex to remove undocumented immigrants to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

      The prosecution argued that their actions, which led to a temporary shutdown of Stansted, had posed a grave risk to the safety of the airport and its passengers.

      The verdict came after the judge Christopher Morgan told the jury to disregard all evidence put forward by the defendants to support the defence that they acted to stop human rights abuses, instructing jurors to only consider whether there was a “real and material” risk to the airport.

      In legal arguments made without the jury present, which can now be reported, defence barristers had called for the jury to be discharged after Morgan gave a summing up which they said amounted to a direction to convict. The judge had suggested the defendants’ entry to a restricted area could be considered inherently risky.

      Human rights organisations and observers had already expressed concerns over the choice of charge, which Kate Allen, the UK director of Amnesty International, likened to “using a sledgehammer to crack a nut”. Responding to the verdict on Monday, Gracie Bradley, policy and campaigns manager at Liberty, called the verdict a “grave injustice” and a “malicious attack” on the right to peaceful protest.

      Dr Graeme Hayes, reader in political sociology at Aston University, was one of a team of academics who observed the trial throughout. The only previous use of the 1990 law he and colleagues were able to find was in 2002 when a pilot was jailed for three years after flying his helicopter straight at a control tower.

      “This is a law that’s been brought in concerning international terrorism,” he said. “But for the last 10 weeks [of the trial], we’ve heard what amounts to an extended discussion of health and safety, in which the prosecution has not said at any point what the consequences of their actions might have been.”

      In a statement released by End Deportations after the verdict, the defendants said: “We are guilty of nothing more than intervening to prevent harm. The real crime is the government’s cowardly, inhumane and barely legal deportation flights and the unprecedented use of terror law to crack down on peaceful protest.

      The protest took place on the night of 28 March 2017. The activists cut a hole in the airport’s perimeter fence, the court heard. Jurors were shown footage from CCTV cameras and a police helicopter of four protesters arranging themselves around the front landing gear of the aircraft and locking their arms together inside double-layered pipes filled with expanding foam.

      Further back, a second group of protesters erected a two-metre tripod from scaffolding poles behind the engine on the left wing on which one of them perched while others locked themselves to the base to prevent it from being moved, the videos showed. In the moments before police arrived, they were able to display their banners, one of which said: “No one is illegal.”

      Helen Brewer, Lyndsay Burtonshaw, Nathan Clack, Laura Clayson, Mel Evans, Joseph McGahan, Benjamin Smoke, Jyotsna Ram, Nicholas Sigsworth, Alistair Temlit, Edward Thacker, Emma Hughes, May McKeith, Ruth Potts and Melanie Stickland, aged 27 to 44, had all pleaded not guilty.

      They will be sentenced at a later date.


      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/10/activists-convicted-of-terror-offence-for-blocking-stansted-deportation

    • Stansted 15: no jail for activists convicted of terror-related offences

      Judge says group ‘didn’t have a grievous intent as some may who commit this type of crime’.

      Fifteen activists convicted of a terrorism-related offence for chaining themselves around an immigration removal flight at Stansted airport have received suspended sentences or community orders.

      The judge decided not to imprison them after he accepted they were motivated by “genuine reasons”.

      Amid an outcry over what human rights defenders branded a heavy-handed prosecution, the group, who have become known as the Stansted 15, were convicted last December of endangering the safety of an aerodrome.

      They had broken into Stansted airport’s “airside” area in March 2017 and chained themselves together around a Boeing 767 chartered by the Home Office to deport 60 people to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. After a 10-week trial a jury found them guilty of the charge – an offence that carries a potential life sentence.
      We in the Stansted 15 have been treated like terrorists
      Emma Hughes
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      At Chelmsford crown court on Wednesday, Judge Christopher Morgan QC, dismissed submissions in mitigation that the group should receive conditional discharges for the direct action protest, which briefly paralysed the airport, saying they did not reflect the danger that had been presented by their actions.

      He said such action would “ordinarily result in custodial sentences”, but that they “didn’t have a grievous intent as some may do who commit this type of crime”. The mood in the court had lightened considerably at the start of the hearing when Morgan said that he did not consider the culpability of any of the defendants passed the threshold of an immediate custodial sentence.

      The heaviest sentences were reserved for three of the group who had been previously convicted of aggravated trespass at Heathrow airport in 2016.

      Alistair Tamlit and Edward Thacker were sentenced on Wednesday to nine months in jail suspended for 18 months, along with 250 hours of unpaid work. Melanie Strickland was sentenced to nine months suspended for 18 months, with 100 hours of unpaid work.

      Benjamin Smoke, Helen Brewer, Lyndsay Burtonshaw, Nathan Clack, Laura Clayson, Mel Evans, Joseph McGahan, Jyotsna Ram, Nicholas Sigsworth, Emma Hughes and Ruth Potts were each given 12-month community orders with 100 hours of unpaid work, while May McKeith received a 12-month community order with 20 days of rehabilitation.

      In mitigation, Dexter Dias QC said it should be taken into account that all acted to try to help individuals they perceived to be in danger. “The reason they wanted to prevent [the flight’s] departure is that they believed the welfare and safety of some of the people on that flight was at risk,” he said.
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      “In those circumstances the court historically in this country have considered that conscientious motivations offer quite significant mitigation.”

      Dias pointed out that 11 of those who had been due to be deported to west Africa that night remain in the country, including two of whom there were reasons to believe were victims of human trafficking, and two who were subsequently found to have been victims of human trafficking. “One of them had been raped and forced into sex work in several European cities,” he said.

      Kirsty Brimelow QC, who appeared to have been specially recruited for the mitigation after not acting for any defendant during the trial, told Morgan he must balance the defendants’ rights to protest and free association against the harm their actions caused the airport.

      Brimelow last year acted for three fracking protesters whose sentences were overturned by the court of appeal as “manifestly excessive”. She continually referred to that case as she told Morgan that he must consider the “proportionality” of the sentences.

      The defendants emerged from the court to a rousing reception from hundreds of supporters who had spent the day protesting outside. Tamlit said he was “relieved that’s over”.

      “It’s been a gruelling process,” he said. “The flight that went this morning [to Jamaica] put things in perspective. We might have been in jail tonight but people could have visited us and we would have eventually been released.

      “Not going to jail is a partial victory but we are going to keep campaigning to end charter flights, immigration detention and the hostile environment.”

      McKeith’s mother, Ag, said she was pleased at the relatively lenient sentence. But, she said she felt they ought not to have been convicted at all. “Despite the judge’s stern account, it’s simply not true that they endangered anybody at the airport,” she said. “The only people who were in danger were the people on the plane. I watched the trial all the way through and watched the prosecution trying to spin straw into gold, and they didn’t convince me.”

      Graeme Hayes, reader in political sociology at Aston University, who observed the entire trial, said: “Although the defendants have not got the custodial sentence, the bringing of a terrorism-related charge against non-violent protesters is a very worrying phenomenon. It’s so far the only case [of its type] in the UK, and points to a chilling of legitimate public dissent.”

      The defendants have already filed an appeal against their convictions. Raj Chada, of Hodge, Jones & Allen, represented most of them. “We will be studying the judgment carefully to review whether there are any issues that need to be brought up in the appeal,” he said.

      “It’s striking that nowhere was there any endangerment of individuals identified.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/feb/06/stansted-15-rights-campaigners-urge-judge-to-show-leniency?CMP=Share_An

    • Stansted deportation flight protesters have convictions quashed

      Group of 15 activists were prosecuted under anti-terror laws for blocking immigration removal flight in 2017

      Fifteen anti-deportation activists who were prosecuted under counter-terror legislation for blocking the takeoff of an immigration removal flight from Stansted airport have had their convictions quashed.

      In a judgment handed down by the court of appeal on Friday afternoon, the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, said: “The appellants should not have been prosecuted for the extremely serious offence under section 1(2)(b) of the 1990 Act because their conduct did not satisfy the various elements of the offence.

      “There was, in truth, no case to answer.”

      The ruling came more than two years after the 15 protesters were convicted following a nine-week trial of endangering the safety of an aerodrome, an offence under the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

      It was the first time the terror-related offence, passed in 1990 in response to the Lockerbie bombing, had been used against peaceful protesters.

      The defendants said they were relieved by the decision. May MacKeith, 35, said that the time from their arrest in 2017 to Friday’s ruling put into perspective the experiences of people caught in the UK’s hostile environment immigration system.

      “It was frightening,” she said. “But all along, despite the draconian charge, we knew that our actions were justified. We’ve never doubted that the people on that plane should never have been treated that way by our government.” Of those due to be deported on the flight, 11 were still in the UK, with three granted leave to remain.

      In their appeal, lawyers for the defence argued the legislation used to convict the group was not only rarely used but also was not intended for the kinds of peaceful actions undertaken by their clients. They said the prosecution stretched the meaning of the law by characterising the lock-on equipment they used to blockade the runway as devices used to endanger life.

      Weighing the argument, Burnett said in his judgment: “The closure of the runway was undoubtedly disruptive and expensive, but there was no evidence that it resulted in likely endangerment to the safety of the aerodrome or of persons there.

      “The [deployment] of an unspecified number of police officers when the terrorist threat was severe may have increased the risks within the terminal, but there was no evidence to enable an inference to be drawn that endangerment was likely.

      “There may have been a slightly enhanced risk of a police officer slipping en route to the aircraft, but it would stretch both language and common sense to say that there was likely endangerment, both in terms of the probability of this happening and the seriousness of the consequences if it did happen.”

      Burnett added: “Both the crown’s case and the summing-up collapsed the distinction between risk and likely danger and treated the offence as if it were akin to a health and safety provision.”

      The defendants, all members of the group Stop Deportations, had taken part in a peaceful action that stopped a chartered deportation flight to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone from taking off on 28 March 2017. Members of the group cut a hole in the airport’s perimeter fence before rushing on to the apron at Stansted.

      Four protesters arranged themselves around the front landing gear of the aircraft, locking their arms together inside double-layered pipes filled with expanding foam. Further back, a second group of protesters erected a 2-metre tripod from scaffolding poles behind the engine on the left wing. One of them perched on top of the makeshift structure, while others locked themselves to the base to prevent it from being moved.

      In the moments before police arrived they were able to display banners, including one that said: “No one is illegal.”

      Although members of the group received suspended sentences or community orders, UN human rights experts wrote to the UK government expressing concern over the application of “security and terrorism-related legislation to prosecute peaceful political protesters and critics of state policy”.

      On Friday, rights groups including Amnesty International and Liberty welcomed the ruling. But Raj Chada of Hodge Jones & Allen, who represented the defendants, said questions remained as to why the then attorney general, Jeremy Wright, had authorised the use of the charge in the first place.

      He said: “It does make me uncomfortable that a British cabinet minister has authorised a terror charge against political opponents, that the lord chief justice has decided is completely inappropriate. The appellants should be told, why was this charge used in this way? What information did the attorney general have?”

      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jan/29/stansted-deportation-flight-protesters-have-convictions-quashed

    • Stansted 15: Activists who stopped migrant deportation flight have convictions overturned

      Lord Chief Justice says demonstrators have ‘no case to answer’ for offences they were charged with

      A group of activists who stopped a deportation flight leaving Stansted airport have had their convictions overturned by the Court of Appeal.

      They had been prosecuted following a protest in March 2017, where they ultimately prevented a charter flight that was due to deport 60 individuals to Africa.

      The group, known as the Stansted 15, were initially charged with aggravated trespass but the charge was changed to endangering safety at a public airport.

      All defendants denied the offence at trial, and said they were “guilty of nothing more than intervening to prevent harm” to migrants on board the plane.

      On Friday, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett, sitting with Mr Justice Jay and Ms Justice Whipple, overturned all 15 demonstrators’ convictions.

      Lord Burnett said the protesters “should not have been prosecuted for the extremely serious offence ... because their conduct did not satisfy the various elements of the offence. There was, in truth, no case to answer.”

      The judgment said the offence they were charged with was intended for “conduct of a different nature” after the campaigners’ lawyers told the Court of Appeal the offence used was related to terrorism and had been created in the wake of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

      May MacKeith, a member of the Stansted 15, said almost four years of legal proceedings “should never have happened”.

      “But for many people caught up in the UK immigration system the ordeal lasts much, much longer,” she added.

      “The nightmare of this bogus charge, a 10 week trial and the threat of prison has dominated our lives for four years. Despite the draconian response we know our actions were justified.”

      Raj Chada of Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors, who represented the Stansted 15, said the case should be a matter of “great shame” to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and attorney general.

      “Both have questions to answer as to why they authorised such an unprecedented charge,” he added.

      “Amnesty International adopted the 15 as human rights defenders, Liberty intervened in the case and even the UN, through their special rapporteurs, expressed concern, yet the case went forward.”

      In March 2017, the defendants cut through the perimeter fence of Stansted airport in Essex and used pipes to lock themselves together around a plane.

      The Boeing 767 had been chartered by the Home Office to remove 60 people to Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone, and was stationary on the airport’s apron.

      The trial heard the defendants believed the deportees were at risk of death, persecution and torture if they were removed from Britain, and many were asylum seekers.

      Campaigners said that 11 of the 60 passengers remain in the UK, and included victims of human trafficking.

      The protesters, who all pleaded not guilty, were convicted in December 2018 of the intentional disruption of services at an aerodrome under the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990.

      A judge at Chelmsford Crown Court handed three defendants, who had previous convictions for aggravated trespass at airports, suspended prison terms and gave 12 defendants community sentences.

      Judge Christopher Morgan said alleged human rights abuses, immigration policy and proportionality did not have “any relevance” to whether a criminal offence had been committed.

      “In normal circumstances only a custodial sentence would have been justified in this case, but I accept that your intentions were to demonstrate.”

      United Nations human rights experts raised concern over the case and warned the British government against using security-related laws against protesters and critics.

      “We are concerned about the application of disproportional charges for what appears to be the exercise of the rights to peaceful and non-violent protest and freedom of expression,” a statement said in February 2019.

      “It appears that such charges were brought to deter others from taking similar peaceful direct action to defend human rights, and in particular the protection of asylum seekers.”

      The group received high-profile support from MPs and public figures, including the Bishop of Chelmsford.

      An open letter signed by dozens of politicians and academics in September condemned the practice of “secret deportation flights”, which came into renewed focus following the Windrush scandal.

      Amnesty International said the case was part of a Europe-wide trend of volunteers and activists being criminalised for helping migrants.

      Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s director, said the Court of Appeal ruling was a “good day for justice”.

      “The Stansted 15 will take their place in the history books as human rights defenders who bravely brought injustices perpetrated by the state into the light,” she added.

      “This case should never have been brought and there must be lessons learnt for how we treat human rights defenders in this country.”

      Lana Adamou, a lawyer for the Liberty human rights group, called the charges “an attack on our right to express dissent”.

      “All too often it is the most marginalised in society, and those acting in solidarity with them, who bear the brunt of over-zealous policing and crackdowns on protest, making it even more important for the government to take steps to facilitate protest and ensure these voices are heard, rather than find ways to suppress them,” she added.

      At November’s Court of Appeal hearing, lawyers for the activists told the court the legislation used to convict the 15 is rarely used and not intended for a protest case.

      In documents before the court, the Stansted 15’s barristers argued it was intended to deal with violence of the “utmost seriousness”, such as terrorism, rather than risks of “a health and safety-type nature” posed by those who have trespassed at an airport.

      Lawyers for the group also argued that the attorney general – who is required to sign off on the use of the legislation – should not have granted consent for the law to be used in this case, that the crown court judge made errors in summing up the case and in directions given to the jury.

      Barristers representing the CPS had said the convictions are safe and that the trial judge was correct.

      Tony Badenoch QC told the court: “We don’t accept that the act is constrained to terrorism and nothing else.”

      A CPS spokesperson said: “We will consider the judgment carefully in the next 28 days.”

      The 15 are: #Helen_Brewer, 31; #Lyndsay_Burtonshaw, 30; #Nathan_Clack, 32; #Laura_Clayson, 30; #Melanie_Evans, 37; #Joseph_McGahan, 37; #Benjamin_Smoke, 21; #Jyotsna_Ram, 35; #Nicholas_Sigsworth, 31; #Melanie_Strickland, 37; #Alistair_Tamlit, 32; #Edward_Thacker, 31; #Emma_Hughes, 40; #May_McKeith, 35; and #Ruth_Potts, 46.

      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/stansted-15-deportation-flight-convictions-appeal-b1794757.html

  • Chèr·es tou·tes,

    j’ai donc fait un peu d’ordre et mis les liens et textes à la bonne place.

    J’essaie de faire une petite #métaliste des listes.

    #métaliste
    #ONG #sauvetage #Méditerranée #asile #migrations #réfugiés #mourir_en_mer #sauvetages

    En général, quelques autres liens à droite et à gauche à retrouver avec les tags #Méditerranée #ONG #sauvetage :
    https://seenthis.net/recherche?recherche=%23ong+%23m%C3%A9diterran%C3%A9e+%23sauvetage

    Et un résumé + vidéos de SOS Méditerranée sur les 5 ans d’atteinte au #droit_maritime :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/780857

    cc @reka @isskein

  • #Pionnières du ciel
    http://matrimoine2016.esy.es/ciel/index.html
    Initié et soutenu par https://histoireparlesfemmes.com

    Un site sur lequel je tombe par hasard alors que je me suis mise en tête de faire une liste des premières femmes pilotes. Plutôt sympa, ce site de type #documentaire romancé est un peu trop dirigiste à mon gout mais surtout avec un format non ouvert où par exemple on ne peut pas copier le texte ou les éléments facilement. Dommage, avec un sujet comme les pionnières du ciel cela mériterait évidemment d’autoriser une réappropriation par tout·es.

    #matrimoine
    #femmes
    #pilotes_de_l'air
    #ouvrir_internet_merde_alors

    Du coup voici également le début de la liste que j’étais en train de constituer, incomplète et non exhaustive, mais dans laquelle on peut facilement puiser, voir la compléter, ayant seulement Prénom Nom/Dates/texte court/photo

    Aviatrices

    Thérèse Peltier (26 septembre 1873 - 18 février 1926)
    première femme pilote

    Amelia Earhart (24 juillet 1897 - disparue 2 juillet 1937)
    première femme à traverser l’océan Atlantique en avion

    Elinor Smith (17 août 1911 - 19 mars 2010)
    première femme pilote d’essai pour Fairchild et Bellanca

    Adrienne Bolland (25 novembre 1895 - 18 mars 1975)

    Hélène Boucher (1908 – 1934)
    

    Maryse Hilsz (7 mars 1901 - 30 janvier 1946)

    Beryl Markham (26 octobre 1902 - 3 août 1986)
    première femme à faire un vol solo transatlantique d’est en ouest

    Amy Johnson ( 1er juillet 1903 - 5 janvier 1941) première femme à effectuer un vol solo entre le Royaume-Uni et l’Australie.

    Bessie Coleman (26 janvier 1892 - 30 avril 1926)
    

    Harriet Quimby (11 mai 1875 - 1er juillet 1912) Américaine
    16 avril 1912, première femme à traverser la Manche aux commandes d’un avion

    Maryse Bastié (27 février 1898 - 6 juillet 1952)

    Anne-Marie Jeanne Imbrecq (18 juin 1911 - 28 novembre 2005)

    Élisabeth Lion (11 décembre 1904 - 9 janvier 1988)

    Élisabeth Boselli (11 Mars 1914 - 25 Novembre 2005)


    L’ouverture officielle des quotas pour les femmes pilotes de chasse dans l’Armée de l’air française n’a débuté qu’en 1998 avec Caroline Aigle.

    –------

    Willa Brown (January 22, 1906 - July 18, 1992)

  • Grève des pilotes : Lufthansa supprime 876 vols mercredi RTBF - Belga - 22 Novembre 2016
    http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/europe/detail_greve-des-pilotes-lufthansa-supprime-876-vols-mercredi?id=9461253

    La compagnie aérienne allemande Lufthansa, touchée par un appel à la grève de ses pilotes, a annulé 876 vols prévus mercredi, a-t-elle annoncé mardi. Quelque 100 000 passagers seront affectés par les suppressions.
    . . . . .
    Le syndicat allemand des pilotes a appelé lundi à une grève de 24 heures faute d’accord salarial avec la direction. Il s’agit du 14e mouvement de grève lancé par Vereinigung Cockpit depuis avril 2014.

    #Allemagne #Grève #Jamais_de_grèves_en_Allemagne #Lufthansa #Vereinigung_Cockpit #Pilotes

  • I piloti disobbediscono ai rimpatri forzati

    La disobbedienza civile di alcuni comandanti di #Lufthansa, #Air_Berlin e #Germanwings. Sono oltre 330 le deportazioni fallite nel 2016 perché il personale di volo ha preferito seguire le regole sulla libertà del «passeggero»

    http://www.osservatoriorepressione.info/piloti-disobbediscono-ai-rimpatri-forzati
    #désobéissance #résistance #pilotes #avions #asile #migrations #renvois #réfugiés #renvois_forcés #désobéissance_civile
    cc @reka @albertocampiphoto

  • L’enquête sur la libération de deux pilotes abattus en Bosnie

    Documentaire en français !

    „ЗА ЈЕДАН ЉУДСКИ ПОЗДРАВ“ ЈЕ ДОКУМЕНТАРНИ ФИЛМ КОЈИ НИКАДА НИЈЕ ПРИКАЗАН У СРБИЈИ !!! - YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO-wLsTc8Vs

    #Jean-Charles_Marchiani #guerre #Bosnie #otage #services #SDECE #Frédéric_Chiffot #José_Souvignet #Arcadi_Gaydamak #Jacques_Chirac #Ratko_Mladić #france

  • Schweizer Piloten wollen Flüchtlinge retten

    Ihr Herz schlägt nicht nur für die Fliegerei, sondern auch für Flüchtlinge: Mit Suchflügen über dem Mittelmeer will eine Gruppe Schweizer Piloten in Seenot geratene Migranten retten.


    http://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/hilfseinsatz-ueber-dem-mittelmeer-schweizer-piloten-wollen-fluechtlinge-retten
    #Méditerranée #asile #migrations #réfugiés #solidarité #avion #sauvetage

    • Due piloti svizzeri da oggi sorvoleranno i mari alla ricerca di migranti

      BERNA - «È cominciato tutto l’anno scorso. Ero seduto accanto a un falò con Samuel Hochstrasser» racconta Fabio Zgragger. Il grafico di 30 anni è insegnante di parapendio e pilota privato. «Abbiamo cominciato a parlare di migranti, e volevamo aiutare in qualche modo. Ma è solo quando abbiamo appreso dell’esistenza di un’associazione privata a Malta che aiuta i migranti in difficoltà nel Mediterraneo che abbiamo deciso di approfittare della nostra passione del volo per fare del bene».


      http://www.tio.ch/News/Svizzera/Attualita/1092584/Due-piloti-svizzeri-da-oggi-sorvoleranno-i-mari-alla-ricerca-di-migranti-

      #pilotes #sauvetage #Méditerranée

    • «Salam aleikum, Tripolis, wir suchen nach Flüchtlingen»

      Schweizer Piloten fliegen Rettungsmissionen vor der Küste Libyens. Das ist nicht unumstritten. Ihnen wird vorgeworfen, sie seien Handlanger der Schlepper.

      https://www.nzz.ch/gesellschaft/salam-aleikum-tripolis-wir-suchen-nach-fluechtlingen-ld.1290524
      cc @stesummi

    • Des pilotes professionnels s’engagent pour sauver les migrants en Méditerranée

      L’association #Pilotes_volontaires a été créée en janvier pour repérer les embarcations de migrants en Méditerranée et aider les bateaux d’ONG à leur venir en aide. L’équipe a déjà acquis un avion et espère pouvoir commencer les missions de repérage en mai.

      http://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/8053/des-pilotes-professionnels-s-engagent-pour-sauver-les-migrants-en-medi

    • Nous sommes tous les deux pilotes de ligne. J’habite à Chamonix et suis aussi instructeur de parapente, quand il me reste un peu de temps. J’ai vendu mon appartement et ai acheté un petit avion 4 places. On va partir la semaine prochaine à Malte pour faire du repérage aérien d’embarcations de réfugiés. Jusqu’ici, les repérages se sont faits à partir de bateaux, mais avec la houle et les vagues, beaucoup d’embarcations sont invisibles et les gens coulent, anonymes et seuls. Nous voulons pouvoir les répérer pour leur envoyer les bateaux de secours. De la même manière qu’on envoie dans le massif les helicos pour sauver les gens qui sont en danger dans une voie.


      https://www.facebook.com/Humansofchamonix/photos/a.272504229605771.1073741829.268669966655864/787557404767115/?type=3&theater

    • Deux pilotes français achètent un avion pour sauver des migrants en Méditerranée

      En investissant toutes leurs économies, les deux hommes se sont offert un petit avion afin d’aller repérer les canots en perdition au large de la Libye. Première mission le 2 mai.

      Les jumelles sont prêtes, les provisions aussi. Tout sera bientôt à bord du MCR-4S, le petit avion de Benoît Micolon et José Benavente. Acheminé le 30 avril depuis Annemasse (Haute-Savoie), le Colibri n’a pas grand-chose à voir avec les autres coucous de la base maltaise, garés là avant une petite balade touristique pour se défroisser les ailes. Lui doit décoller le 2 mai, « pour quadriller le rectangle de 150 kilomètres de l’est à l’ouest, sur 50 kilomètres au nord de Tripoli ; la zone dans laquelle se concentrent le maximum de sauvetages et les naufrages », observe José Benavente, 49 ans, le père de ce projet original d’appui aux bateaux ONG qui portent secours aux migrants en Méditerranée.

      Avec Benoît Micolon, 35 ans, ils veulent devenir les yeux de la mer. Les deux Français, qui se sont connus sur les bancs de l’école de pilotage en 2006, viennent d’investir la totalité de leurs économies – soit 130 000 euros – pour s’offrir le Colibri, l’avion qui sauvera des vies. « Il y a urgence à assister les navires ONG en repérant les canots et en les leur signalant en même temps qu’au MRCC, l’organisme officiel italien qui gère les sauvetages », rappelle José Benavente.

      « Vraiment utiles, tout de suite »

      Pragmatiques, les deux fondateurs de Pilotes volontaires savent que la capacité de repérage depuis un avion qui survole les eaux à basse altitude est cent fois supérieure à une observation depuis le pont d’un navire. Ils savent aussi que cet appui aérien manque cruellement aujourd’hui en Méditerranée et que durant le premier trimestre 2018, quelque 500 personnes ont encore péri au large des côtes libyennes, selon l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations.

      « Au départ, on avait pensé monter une opération de crowdfunding pour trouver de l’argent, mais ça aurait pris trop longtemps. Le printemps est là, les départs de Tripoli reprennent », observe José Benavente, qui remonterait bien le temps s’il le pouvait… « Quand les humanitaires de SOS Méditerranée [une des ONG présente au large de Tripoli, avec l’Aquarius, son bateau] nous ont expliqué le mal qu’ils avaient à repérer les canots dans les vagues, on a compris qu’on pouvait vraiment être utile, tout de suite », ajoute-t-il. L’idée des vies en jeu chaque jour les pousse à brûler les étapes, prenant juste le temps de déposer les statuts de leur association le 28 janvier, de trouver l’avion, l’acheter, lui faire installer un pilote automatique pour pouvoir se concentrer sur la mer, un système satellite pour communiquer avec les ONG et un réservoir suffisamment grand pour voler dix heures d’affilée.

      Samedi 30 avril, c’était le départ de France. Les deux hommes ont mis leur vie personnelle entre parenthèses pour rallier Malte, leur base arrière ; leur vie professionnelle aussi. Benoît Micolon, pilote de ligne sur Boeing 747, complétera ses 6 000 heures de vols, certes, mais sur un autre type d’engin, même s’ils ne sont pas si loin des avions qu’il pilotait en début de carrière pour repérer les départs d’incendie dans les forêts du sud de la France. José Benavente, lui, un Lyonnais installé à Kinshasa (République démocratique du Congo), reprendra sa mission humanitaire plus tard.

      Véritable mouvement citoyen

      Depuis longtemps déjà il mûrissait l’idée de survoler la Méditerranée pour sauver les migrants. « Il y a quinze ans, en mission en Guinée où je travaillais sur l’approvisionnement en eau potable, j’entendais parler des disparus au large des côtes sénégalaises. Trop de petites embarcations en partance vers les Canaries sombraient sans avoir été secourues. Plus tard, je me suis dit que les plaisanciers pourraient s’organiser en associations pour aider les canots entre le Maroc et l’Espagne… J’ai essayé d’imaginer comment les fédérer… Toutes ces idées ont cheminé en moi et, en janvier, j’ai décidé d’agir en revenant à mon idée d’avion, puisque je suis aussi pilote », rappelle ce père de famille.

      José Benavente appelle alors Benoît Micolon, en repos à Chamonix (Haute-Savoie) entre deux missions. « J’avais pas fini ma phrase qu’il m’avait déjà dit oui », se réjouit-il, reconnaissant bien là son ami. Très vite, les deux hommes recomptent leurs économies et réunissent de quoi commencer. « On démarre avec l’argent qu’on a. On a ouvert un site pour récolter les dons. Il y a derrière notre opération l’idée que tout le monde peut participer, même avec quelques euros », rappelle l’humanitaire. L’esprit qui préside à Pilotes volontaires est proche de celui qui a permis à SOS Méditerranée de se développer, en entraînant un véritable mouvement citoyen dans son sillage.

      http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2018/05/01/deux-pilotes-francais-achetent-un-avion-pour-sauver-des-migrants-en-mediterr

    • Malta blocks migrant search plane from operating in Mediterranean as EU toughens stance on refugee rescues

      Malta has blocked an aircraft used to search for migrant boats in the Mediterranean from operating out of the country, according to a migrant rescue group.

      Sea Watch, which runs the Moonbird aircraft, condemned the move, accusing authorities of grounding the plane during the “deadliest days” in the Mediterranean since records began.

      The German NGO said the plane had been involved in the rescue of some 20,000 people since it began operating.

      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/malta-blocks-moonbird-plane-mediterranean-refugee-crisis-ngo-sea-watc

      #moonbird

    • #Pilotes_volontaires : « Qui va le faire si on ne le fait pas ? »

      Ils se sont donnés pour mission d’être les « yeux aériens » des bateaux de sauvetage naviguant en Méditerranée. Une mission nécessaire et compliquée.

      L’idée est partie d’une simple question : comment aider les bateaux de secours parcourant la Méditerranée pour venir en aide aux embarcations de migrants en détresse ? Pilote professionnel, José Benavente Fuentes a logiquement pensé au repérage aérien. Après avoir longtemps mûri le projet, il en fait part à un autre pilote, Benoît Micolon. Tous deux créent l’association Pilotes Volontaires en janvier dernier et survolent la Méditerranée depuis le mois d’avril. Une mission ambitieuse qui a son lot de difficultés. Benoît Micolon nous en parle :

      Quand José vous a demandé de le rejoindre dans cette aventure, est-ce que vous avez hésité ? Pourquoi ?

      Un soir de Janvier, au détour d’une conversation ordinaire, José m’a parlé de ce projet qu’il avait en tête depuis un moment. Il m’a demandé mon avis sur certains aspect techniques et opérationnels. Je ne crois pas qu’à ce moment-là son intention était de me recruter.

      Je me suis alors renseigné de mon côté, afin de pouvoir lui donner les détails techniques qu’il me demandait, et j’ai rapidement réalisé que trop de temps avait déjà été perdu, car beaucoup de vies étaient en danger chaque jour.

      C’est apparu presque comme un devoir pour moi de mettre mes compétences aéronautiques au service de cette cause humanitaire. Qui va le faire si on ne le fait pas ?

      Quelques jours plus tard, j’annonçais à José ma volonté de m’engager dans ce projet à ses côtés, à 200%.

      C’est ainsi que fin janvier, Pilotes Volontaires naissait officiellement, avec le dépôt en préfecture des statuts de l’association.

      Quels ont été vos doutes au moment de commencer, en sachant que vous mettiez votre argent personnel dans ce projet ?

      Nous avons décidé d’acheter l’avion avec nos économies pour ne pas perdre trop de temps, en faisant le pari qu’on trouverait des donateurs pour nous soutenir par la suite, dès lors qu’on aurait sauvé des vies.

      En effet, il est compliqué de convaincre des gens alors qu’on n’a encore rien fait, et que le projet n’est que sur papier brouillon. L’idée était donc de prouver notre efficacité. Le plan a fonctionné ! Quant au risque financier, il était maîtrisé, car si le projet n’aboutissait pas, nous avions toujours l’option de revendre l’avion et récupérer une partie de notre argent.

      Le plus gros doute concernait l’obtention des différentes autorisations de vol, mais finalement, ça c’est bien passé. Nous respectons scrupuleusement les différentes règlements, et cela se passe bien.

      A ce jour, combien de temps vous prennent ces missions ? Votre carrière professionnelle en est-elle impactée ?

      José et moi avons consacré toutes nos vacances et temps libre pour lancer le projet.

      Nous devons voler aussi souvent que possible, quand les conditions météo le permettent pour tenter de sauver un maximum de vies. Heureusement, nous avons pu former plusieurs pilotes et observateurs. Pilotes Volontaires compte aujourd’hui près de 10 membres actifs, qui participent à la vie de l’association. José et moi sommes donc moins présents sur le terrain qu’au départ, mais nous organisons et suivons les missions de près. On y passe tout notre temps libre.

      Mon employeur n’est pas disposé à m’aider avec le projet Pilotes Volontaires. Je me dois de respecter ce choix, et je fais en sorte que ce projet humanitaire n’impacte pas ma vie professionnelle.

      Depuis le mois de mai vos missions ont permis de sauver environ 4000 personnes, est-ce que vous vous attendiez à voir autant de personnes en danger ?

      Nous savions qu’il y avait de nombreuses personnes en détresse en mer, mais nous n’avions pas idée de la fréquence à laquelle nous allions repérer des embarcations en détresse. Nous découvrons des personnes en danger de mort dans plus de 50% des missions...

      Ce qui personnellement m’inquiète le plus ce sont les embarcations qu’on n’a pas vues. Celles qui ont sombré pendant la nuit, avant même qu’on ait une chance de les repérer dans la journée. Tous ces bateaux qui ont sombré parce que nous n’avons pas pu voler, ou parce que même lorsque nous volons nous ne les voyons pas car la zone est immense.

      Toutes ces vies perdues dont personne ne parlera jamais. Ces milliers de parents qui restent au pays ne recevront plus jamais de nouvelles de leurs fils de leurs filles et vivront dans l’espoir de les revoir un jour. Tous ces deuils impossibles a faire... car pas de corps à enterrer... pas de sépultures à ériger... pas de tombes à fleurir...


      https://www.lecourrierdelatlas.com/migration-pilotes-volontaires-qui-va-le-faire-si-on-ne-le-fait-p

    • Migranti, così Roma comanda la Libia. La verità sui respingimenti / Audio

      Alcune registrazioni nelle comunicazioni interne tra Italia e Tripoli svelano anomalie e irregolarità che rischiano di trascinare le autorità italiane davanti alle corti internazionali.

      La nave Mare Jonio aveva soccorso 49 persone a 40 miglia dalle coste libiche il 18 marzo, poi aveva fatto rotta su Lampedusa a causa di condizioni meteomarine avverse. La nave aveva ricevuto il divieto (mai formalizzato) di avvicinarsi alle coste italiane, ma il capitano Pietro Marrone si era rifiutato: «Abbiamo persone da mettere in sicurezza, non fermiamo i motori». Poi alle 19.30 del 19 marzo i migranti erano stati fatti sbarcare a Lampedusa.

      «Ma in questi casi non c’è una procedura?», domanda sbigottito un ufficiale italiano a un collega delle Capitanerie di porto. «No - risponde l’altro - è una decisione politica del ministro, stiamo ancora aspettando le direttive». Intanto, però, senza ordini formali la nave Mare Jonio subisce un tentativo di blocco. Poche ore prima, sulle linee telefoniche Roma-Tripoli, si era consumato l’ennesimo riservatissimo scaricabarile a danno dei migranti.

      L’inchiesta giornalistica che viene pubblicata oggi in contemporanea da un pool di testate internazionali e per l’Italia Avvenire e Repubblica svela anomalie e irregolarità. Tra questi alcune registrazioni audio (disponibili sul canale Youtube di Avvenire) ottenute nel corso di indagini difensive, che rischiano di trascinare le autorità della penisola davanti alle corti internazionali che stanno investigando sui respingimenti e i morti in mare.

      Sono ore convulse quelle tra il 18 e il 19 marzo, quando la nave italiana della Missione Mediterranea aveva a bordo 49 persone salvate nel Mar Libico. Una motovedetta della Guardia di finanza aveva intimato di fermarsi e spegnere i motori. Dopo lo sbarco a Lampedusa il comandante e il capo missione vengono indagati per aver disobbedito, ma ora emergono registrazioni audio e documenti che raccontano un’altra storia e su cui la procura di Agrigento vuole vedere fino in fondo, risalendo l’intera catena di comando fino al vertice politico.

      L’ascolto di tutte le registrazioni audio e l’esame della documentazione lasciano sul campo molte domande. A cominciare da quelle sulla reale capacità della Guardia costiera libica di intervenire, ma che segretamente ottiene la supplenza di militari italiani.

      Abbiamo ricostruito i momenti ad alta tensione con vite alla deriva, mentre tra Roma e Tripoli passano minuti e ore prima che qualcuno provi a darsi davvero una mossa. L’unica certezza è che bisognava fare il possibile perché non intervenissero i soccorritori della missione civile italiana.
      Da Roma le direttive operative per Tripoli

      Alle 13.25 del 18 marzo parte verso la Libia una telefonata da Mrcc Roma, il centro di coordinamento e soccorso della Guardia costiera presso il Ministero delle Infrastrutture. Risponde l’ufficiale di servizio a Tripoli che però non è in grado di comprendere le comunicazioni in lingua inglese. Ne nasce una conversazione tragicomica. Degna dei migliori Totò e Peppino spersi tra le piazze della grande Milano. Se non fosse per le 49 vite umane alla deriva nel Mediterraneo, più che da sorridere ci sarebbe da disperarsi. «Le passo l’ufficiale di servizio», dice al libico in ottimo inglese un militare italiano che da Roma sta per porgere la cornetta al suo superiore. Ma il libico non capisce: «L’ufficiale di servizio sono io», ribatte. Da Roma cercano di non perdere la pazienza: «I’m passing you our duty officer», spiegando di nuovo e lentamente che al telefono sta arrivando «l’ufficiale di servizio della guardia costiera italiana». Non c’è verso. Il guardacoste libico sembra perdere le staffe: «Sono io l’ufficiale di servizio», scandisce nel suo inglese stentato, dopo avere però avvertito che la lingua di Shakespeare la parla solo «a little». Troppo poco per gli standard internazionali stabiliti per chi deve gestire situazioni d’emergenza.

      Caccia all’interprete

      Da Roma vogliono sapere se Tripoli prenderà in carico il coordinamento delle ricerche e del soccorso del gommone perché, come quasi sempre accade, i libici non avevano risposto alle richieste d’aiuto e perché quando intervengono lo comunicano di rado e a cose fatte. Anche questa volta la cosiddetta Guardia costiera libica non aveva neanche afferrato il telefono per rispondere alle segnalazioni di Moonbird, l’aereo dell’Ong Sea Watch che aveva avvistato il barcone e fornito le coordinate già nella mattinata, ma senza ricevere alcuna risposta. Vista l’impossibilità di intendersi, all’ufficiale di servizio italiano non resta che contattare con urgenza un interprete che, in conferenza telefonica, cercherà di spiegare in arabo al militare libico quale fosse la ragione della telefonata da Roma. Si perdono così minuti preziosi, con il guardacoste di Tripoli che arriva a dire di non sapere «se ci sono motovedette libiche che stanno intervenendo, se sono partite, da quale porto e verso quale rotta si stiano eventualmente dirigendo». Al contrario il comportamento dell’ufficiale italiano presso Mrcc appare impeccabile. Il militare si sforza in ogni modo di farsi comprendere e di rendere chiare le indicazioni e nel corso di successive comunicazioni sembra quasi battersi per avere certezza che qualcuno stia occupandosi dei disperati in mare.

      Che ruolo ha la Marina italiana in Libia?

      Se già in passato in molte circostanze era apparso chiaro che la cosiddetta Guardia costiera libica non è in grado di gestire l’area di ricerca e soccorso registrata con il sostegno economico e logistico dell’Italia, adesso si ripropone un nuovo interrogativo: chi coordina davvero le motovedette regalate dall’Italia a Tripoli? Dopo quella con la bislacca marineria libica partono una serie di altre telefonate tra Mrcc Roma e la nave della Marina Militare “Capri”, ormeggiata a Tripoli. Ufficialmente è lì per assistenza logistica sulla base di accordi bilaterali. Ma è davvero così?
      Il giallo dell’ordine ai libici partito dalla nave italiana

      La sequenza dei contatti parte alle 13,28. Appresa la notizia dell’Sos lanciato dal Moonbird con una mail inviata dalla Mare Jonio, Mrcc Roma chiama la nave militare italiana a Tripoli a cui fornisce le informazioni ricevute dai soccorritori di Mediterranea. Dal quartier generale nella capitale chiedono se a bordo della «Capri» ci sia l’ufficiale libico. Dalla plancia rispondono che lo attendono a minuti. Alle 13,43 l’ufficiale in servizio a Roma richiama il personale italiano della missione Nauras, insistendo per poter parlare con il guardacoste libico. In sottofondo si sente un militare italiano che a sua volta su un altro telefono parla in inglese con un tale Mustapha: «Ok, ti aspettiamo a bordo», gli dice. Nell’attesa, da Nauras assicurano a Mrcc che i libici avrebbero gestito l’evento ma che ancora non c’era una formale assunzione di responsabilità da parte loro. Alle 14.02 l’ufficiale della Marina militare sulla Capri rassicura Roma: l’ufficiale libico sta per firmare l’assunzione di coordinamento. Non solo, l’atto di conferma conferma sarebbe stato firmato da «Mustapha» e spedito via fax attraverso la nave italiana: «Io comunque sto per fare partire da qui il fax che sta firmando il liasoner officer libico», dicono dal vascello italiano.
      Ma il governo aveva smentito

      Nel corso di una interrogazione parlamentare presentata da Erasmo Palazzotto (Leu), il governo aveva risposto escludendo categoricamente che la Marina Italiana sia in Libia per cooperare con la Guardia costiera libica durante le operazioni. «In tale contesto e a tale scopo, l’Unità dislocata in porto a Tripoli svolge attività tecnico/logistica e supporto - spiegava il governo il 2 agosto rispondendo all’interrogazione - per il ripristino dell’efficienza di alcune imbarcazioni della Guardia Costiera libica e consulenza a favore della Guardia Costiera e Marina libica. Pertanto, per quanto noto, il coordinamento delle attività di soccorso è assolto esclusivamente da personale della Guardia Costiera libica». Le comunicazioni, invece, sembrano raccontare una storia differente.
      Mrcc Roma: «La Libia svolgerà i soccorsi»

      Alle 14.31 Mrcc informa la nave Mare Jonio che «alle h. 13.00 Zulu, 14.00 italiane, Jrcc Tripoli (la centrale di soccorso libicca, ndr) ha assunto il coordinamento dell’evento precisando che una motovedetta libica, la Raz Al Jadar, «si sta dirigendo in area per effettuare il soccorso». Poi aggiunge: «In nome e per conto dell’autorità libica, ci chiede di riferire a tutte le navi in area di mantenersi a una distanza di sicurezza di 8 miglia per evitare che, qualora avvistati dai migranti, possano generarsi situazioni di pericolo per gli stessi». A questo punto il militare italiano, sembra prendere le distanze da quanto è accaduto. Non può immaginare che nel giro di poche settimane verranno resi noti i retroscena: «Questo - scandisce - è quello che ci chiedono e io testualmente ve lo riporto».
      «Ordini politici». Ma nessuna traccia di atti formali

      I libici, invece, non si sono fatti vedere, così Mediterranea mette in salvo i migranti e si dirige verso Lampedusa. Nel quartier generale della Guardia costiera viene registrata un’altra telefonata. «Nottata intensa», dice un militare che chiama da fuori e chiede novità all’ufficiale di turno nella centrale di soccorso. «Mare Jonio - spiega questi - è adesso entrato nelle acque territoriali, sta a sud di Lampedusa e procede». Cosa fare, nessuno lo sa. «Quali sono le azioni in questo caso?», domanda il chiamante. Da Mrcc l’ufficiale di servizio sorride quasi rassegnato: «Mi fai una bella domanda. Adesso, chiaramente, è una questione politica». Di nuovo la domanda: «Ma ci sono procedure?». L’ufficiale non sa davvero cosa rispondere: «Decide il ministero, il ministro dell’Interno. Aspettiamo direttive».

      Nonostante le «direttive» non fossero state fornite (come poi hanno confermato nei giorni scorsi sia il Viminale che il Ministero delle Infrastrutture smentendo qualsiasi ordine di porti chiusi o divieti alla Mare Jonio) all’esterno non era stato fatto trapelare nulla. E viene da domandarsi quante altre volte, nei casi dei dispersi e dei morti in mare, i rimpalli e le incomprensioni possano avere giocato un ruolo fatale. Chissà se anche per questo nessuno doveva conoscere quel grande imbroglio che prende il nome di «Guardia costiera libica».

      https://www.avvenire.it/attualita/pagine/esclusivo-la-verita-sui-respingimenti-in-mare
      #audio

      L’enregistrement audio:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWRvk8_UmTE

  • #Air-France : L’entretien des avions en Chine pose #problème, selon les pilotes

    Un #syndicat de #pilotes d’Air France a fait part jeudi d’inquiétudes liées à l’ #entretien d’ #avions en #Chine, faisant état de plusieurs « incidents graves » survenus après que des appareils sont passés par la société #Taeco...

    Mouais, encore la faute des chinois....et qu’est ce qui nous a poussé alors à signer avec eux, hum ?

    http://www.20minutes.fr/societe/1152529-20130509-air-france-pilotes-denoncent-incidents-lies-a-entretien-c

    Revue de Presse Hebdomadaire sur la Chine du 06/05/2013