Italy: Napolitano should reject the “security package”

Amnesty International calls on the President of the Italian Republic to send the so called ‘security package’ – approved by the Senate yesterday – back to the Parliament.

“Should this become law, it would represent a threat for the human rights of migrants and asylum-seekers in Italy and might lead to increased discrimination against Roma and Sinti,” said David Diaz-Jogeix, Amnesty International Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia.  

The ‘security package’ criminalises irregular migration and puts at risk the rights of vulnerable people, based on residence and registration status and establishes and empowers citizens associations to patrol municipalities.

“President Napolitano has an opportunity to stop this law that could damage Italy’s human rights, with particular impact on the rights of migrants and asylum-seekers, and disproportionately affect the Roma and Sinti,” said David Diaz-Jogeix.