Italy: Forcible return/fear for safety/fear of torture

Italy: Forcible return/fear for safety/fear of torture

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Index Number: EUR 30/002/2005
Date Published: 18 March 2005
Categories: Europe And Central Asia, Italy

The Italian authorities have forcibly returned 180 people to Libya, where they may be at risk of torture. Over 1,000 people recently arrived in Italy are in custody, and the authorities are reportedly planning further deportations. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has not been allowed access to the detainees, and apparently none of those deported was given the effective opportunity to apply for asylum.


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