• August 6, 2019

The ‘Festival du chant de marin’ (festival of the song of the sea) has been held at Paimpol, Breizh over the past few days and active at it were volunteers collecting funds to support the work of SOS Méditerranée. It’s one of a number of charities working to assist migrants attempting the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean from North Africa. Since EU support was withdrawn private bodies such as this are the only source of assistance for migrants in distress at sea.

Celtic League supports this humanitarian effort and protested last month to the Italian authorities over their detention of Captain of a rescue vessel ‘Sea Watch 3’. The action of Italy was all the more scandalous given that its Ambassador to London is a member of the IMO and the Italian action are a flagrant breach of IMO SOLAS regulations.

Image: Volunteers on the stand of SOS Méditerranée at the Festival du chant de marin in Paimpol, Brittany.

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Bernard Moffatt
Assistant General Secretary Celtic League

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