SOS MEDITERRANEE is a politically and religiously independent humanitarian association. It is based on the principle of respect for human beings and their dignity, without partiality to their nationality or origin, their social belonging, religious belief, political position or ethnic identity.
SOS MEDITERRANEE is an initiative composed of citizens with various professional backgrounds (maritime, humanitarian, medical, judicial, etc.) in order to organise the rescue of migrants in distress in the Mediterranean Sea and to testify about their situations. The association aims to link actors of European, Mediterranean and African civil societies, all concerned with migration patterns to Europe via maritime paths.
SOS MEDITERRANEE was founded on the mobilisation of citizens from different European countries who wish to show their solidarity with migrants during their travel to Europe. The rescue operations performed by boats flying flags from various European countries aim to enable the reception of the migrants by the respective national authorities of the European Union countries. Simultaneously, the association will distribute a vivid testimony about the situation in the Mediterranean area to public opinions and European institutions.