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Italy: Hundreds of Roma at risk of forced eviction from the informal settlement of Gianturco in Naples

Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the threat of imminent forced eviction by local authorities of approximately 1,300 Romanian Roma, living in the Gianturco informal settlement, in the city of Naples, southern Italy. Municipal authorities are planning to relocate 200 of the evicted Roma to a new segregated camp currently being built by the municipality, co-funded by the Ministry of Interior.

Date:
22 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/5926/2017
  • Campaigns
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  • Discrimination

Italy: Hundreds of Roma at risk of forced eviction

A community of approximately 1300 Romanian Roma is facing an imminent forced eviction from the informal settlement of Gianturco in Naples, in southern Italy. Around 200 of the Roma will be rehoused by the municipality in a newly built segregated camp in Via del Riposo. The rest risk being rendered homeless. The municipal authorities have so far failed to carry out a genuine consultation to identify adequate alternative housing.

Date:
22 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/5937/2017
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  • Burkina Faso
  • Refugees

The human cost of European hypocrisy on Libya

When he saw boats in the distance, Issa knew he was going to live. It was July 2014 and he had spent hours in the sea, clinging to a plastic petrol container while women, men and children drowned around him. The small rubber boat that was supposed to take them all to Italy had sunk just two hours after leaving the Libyan coast. Of the 137 people Issa says were on board, only 49 survived. Issa, from Burkina Faso, was not rescued by any passing ship but was picked up by the Libyan coastguard.

Date:
15 March 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them

Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the publication of a comprehensive human rights analysis of counter-terrorism measures across 14 EU member states. Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe reveals how a deluge of laws and amendments passed with break-neck speed, is undermining fundamental freedoms and dismantling hard-won human rights protections.

Date:
17 January 2017
  • Research
  • Italy
  • Migrants

Wire Magazine January - March 2017: Welcome to Mexico

In this issue we look into the eyes of Central American refugees in Mexico and at how detentions and deportations are replacing Mexican hospitality; focus on hotspot Italy and abuses of refugees and migrants by European governments; highlight Indonesia and the great palm oil scandal; suggest practical ways to protect online privacy; and celebrate a few of the ways you made a positive difference in 2016.

Date:
1 January 2017
Ref:
NWS 21/5183/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Turning up the heat on refugees and migrants

Salih was just 10 years old when militias attacked his village in Sudan’s North Darfur region. “It was in the evening. They were shooting and setting fire to our huts. My parents were killed but I managed to escape. ” He made his way to Khartoum, where he stayed until earlier this year when his uncle in the UK sent him money to come and join him. It took him more than a month to travel across the desert into Libya and northwards to the coast where he paid his passage on an overcrowded boat across the Mediterranean.

Date:
3 November 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Italy
  • Refugees

Ill-treated for a fingerprint: Asladain's story

Asladain, 19, from Ethiopia, interviewed August 2016 I left Ethiopia because of the political situation. I’m Oromo and in 1991 there was conflict between Tigrinya and Oromo. My grandfather and my father fought for the Oromo. Later, my father was arrested and my brother shot dead at university by the government. In Ethiopia if you are Oromo you can’t do anything. They arrest you and they can kill you. At the time I wasn’t involved in politics.

Date:
3 November 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Italy
  • Refugees

Coerced to give fingerprints: Mariam's story

Mariam, 23, from Sudan, interviewed in July 2016 From Egypt, I travelled by boat to Italy with my 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter and about 400 other people. We arrived on 6 June, I don’t know where. At the port, the Red Cross asked whether we needed medical assistance. I am pregnant and during the crossing I was bleeding, so I told them. We boarded buses and were promptly taken to a centre surrounded by fences, where they asked our names, surnames, date of birth, and nationality.

Date:
3 November 2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Italy: Beatings and unlawful expulsions amid EU push to get tough on refugees and migrants

The European Union’s pressure on Italy to “get tough” on refugees and migrants has led to unlawful expulsions and ill-treatment which in some cases may amount to torture, a new report from Amnesty International revealed today. Beatings, electric shocks and sexual humiliation are among the numerous allegations of abuse documented in Hotspot Italy: How EU’s flagship approach leads to violations of refugee and migrant rights.

Date:
3 November 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Hotspot Italy: How EU’s flagship approach leads to violations of refugee and migrant rights

Thousands of men, women and children, fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty, keep crossing the central Mediterranean in search of protection or a better life in Europe. Italy, leading efforts to save lives at sea, receives rescued people in its ports almost daily. In 2015 the European Union presented, as a flagship response to new arrivals on the continent, the “hotspot approach”. Amnesty International’s research, demonstrates that a host of human rights abuses are taking place in Italy, including excessive use of force by police, arbitrary detention and collective expulsions, and details serious allegations of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.

Date:
3 November 2016
Ref:
EUR 30/5004/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Italy
  • Refugees

Expelled from Italy: Yaqoub's story

Yaqoub, 23 year old from Darfur in Sudan, interviewed August 2016 I was attacked by the armed militia (Janjaweed) three times, the security situation deteriorated, militia attacks intensified and targeted civilians. I feared for my life, so I decided I had to leave Sudan. I travelled through Egypt, from where we took a boat arriving in Sicily on 18 August 2016. The guards took us to a camp and then we went on to Ventimiglia, on the border between Italy and France.

Date:
2 November 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Slums and the Right to Housing

Italy: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – 91st Session, 21 November – 9 December

Amnesty International submits this document in advance of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s (CERD) review of Italy’s 19th and 20th periodic reports. In this submission, Amnesty International wishes to offer updated information regarding the continuing discrimination of Roma in respect of the right to adequate housing – a matter which the organization has researched for almost a decade.

Date:
1 November 2016
Ref:
EUR 30/5078/2016