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About Charles Heller

Charles Heller is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is conducting postdoctoral research supported by the Swiss National Fund (SNF). He co-founded Forensic Oceanography and the WatchTheMed platform. 

Articles by Charles Heller

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Stop blaming the rescuers

Attacks against rescue efforts in the Mediterranean must stop. The recent Italian and EU proposals are just the last steps of an ongoing de-legitimisation campaign that is putting the lives of thousands of migrants at risk.

Mourning the dead while violating the living

The EU’s feigned compassion for the deaths of migrants at sea only serves to hide the perpetuation of the lethal policies that have led to them in the first place. 

Time to end the EU’s left-to-die policy

Researchers participating in the reconstruction of the 2011 “Left-to-die boat” case in which 63 migrants lost their life under NATO’s eyes, summarize three years of inconclusive demands for disclosure and justice. As the European Council addresses the EU’s long-term migration policy, they say deaths of migrants at sea will continue short of ending the EU’s policy of closure towards non-European migrants.

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