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Italy ready to consign refugees and migrants to horrific abuse in Libyan detention centres

Responding to news that the Italian parliament has voted in favour of deploying warships in Libyan waters to support the Libyan coastguard in the interception and return of refugees and migrants to Libya, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director Gauri Van Gulik said: “The Italian authorities have shown today that they consider it more important to keep refugees and migrants away from their shores than to protect their lives and welfare.

Date:
2 August 2017
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Italy: Deploying warships to police Libyan waters will expose refugees to horrific abuse

Proposals to send warships to police Libyan territorial waters are a shameful attempt by the Italian authorities to circumvent their duty to rescue refugees and migrants at sea and to offer protection to those who need it, said Amnesty International, ahead of a vote in the Italian parliament tomorrow. Under the plan up to six vessels would be deployed to support the Libyan coastguard in the interception and return of refugees and migrants to Libya, where they would face horrific abuses and human rights violations.

Date:
31 July 2017
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Italy: Around 150 Roma in Naples again at risk of forced eviction and homelessness

Amnesty International and the European Roma Rights Centre are urgently calling on the Naples local authorities to take all necessary measures and prevent the forced eviction of around 150 Romani adults and children from a disused factory and ensure they are not rendered homeless or vulnerable to other human rights violations. This would be the second forced eviction these families experience within the last three months.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/6715/2017
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Wire Magazine July-September 2017: Brave

Find out about our new campaign Brave to stand with human rights defenders who are threatened just for peacefully speaking out for human rights. Read the story of Esther Kiobel from Nigeria who sees her case with the oil company Shell go to court; she’s accusing Shell of colluding in her husband’s killing over 20 years ago. From Naples, Italy, we hear about the forced eviction of the Gianturco Roma settlement.

Date:
12 July 2017
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NWS 21/6334/2017
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Central Mediterranean: Death toll soars as EU turns its back on refugees and migrants

The soaring death toll in the central Mediterranean and the horrific abuses faced by thousands of refugees and migrants in Libyan detention centres are clearly linked to failing EU policies, said Amnesty International in a report published today. A perfect storm: The failure of European policies in the Central Mediterranean finds that by ceding the lion’s share of responsibility for search and rescue to NGOs and by increasing cooperation with the Libyan coastguard, European governments are failing to prevent drownings and turning a blind eye to abuse, including torture and rape.

Date:
6 July 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Europe: A perfect storm: The failure of European policies in the central Mediterranean

A humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in the central Mediterranean as thousands of people are dying at sea in the desperate attempt to reach safety or a better life in Europe. Instead of trying to prevent further loss of life, European leaders are focused on preventing refugees and migrants from departing from Libya to keep the number of arrivals in Europe down. This report shows how this reckless European strategy is exposing refugees and migrants to even greater risks at sea and, when intercepted, to disembarkation in Libya, where they face horrific conditions and violations in detention, torture and rape.

Date:
6 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 03/6655/2017
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A radical change is needed to failing EU migration policy

As world refugee day was being marked around the globe came the all too familiar news that at least 120 people had drowned off the coast of Libya. Their deaths bring the total number of people who have died whilst attempting to cross the central Mediterranean to more than 1,800 since the start of the year. Against this grim backdrop, European leaders meet today in Brussels and discuss migration. Each leader will no doubt lament these latest deaths.

Date:
22 June 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
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EU Executive fails to act as pregnant Romani women and infants are rendered homeless in Italy

Recent unlawful demolitions of Romani settlements across Italy have left scores of extremely vulnerable people, including heavily pregnant women and children as young as just a few months old, homeless in the country, said Amnesty International today following new research on the ground. The widespread human rights violations by the Italian authorities were documented days before the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, again failed to sanction Italian authorities for discriminating against the Roma.

Date:
14 June 2017
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  • Italy
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Italy: Losing the moral compass: Innuendoes against NGOs which rescue lives in the central Mediterranean

In the absence of safe and legal routes into Europe, over recent years hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants have travelled irregularly, at considerable risk to their own lives. Rather than creating an orderly system offering safe avenues for people to reach Europe, and advocating for the respect and protection of human rights in countries were conflict, persecution and poverty are displacing people, European leaders have increasingly focussed on blocking borders and negotiating with human rights violating governments to stop them coming.

Date:
28 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/6152/2017
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A home destroyed: the eviction of Gianturco

Almost a week after it happened, I left Naples with a heavy heart. I keep reliving the moment I said goodbye to Jenica and her 1 year old baby girl, when she asked me: “What do we do now? Where will we sleep tonight?” I left her in front of the municipality, surrounded by other Romani families left homeless after the eviction of Gianturco Romani settlement. I was there when the forced eviction started and have spent five days documenting the cruel demolition of the Gianturco settlement and its disastrous aftermath.

Date:
12 April 2017
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  • Italy
  • Discrimination

Italy: Further information: Hundreds of Roma forcibly evicted

Hundreds of Roma living in the settlement of Gianturco were forcibly evicted on 7 April. Dozens of families had already left the settlement due to intensified police checks and harassment and many are feared homeless. The 200 people still present on 7 April were moved to inadequate alternative housing or rendered homeless and vulnerable to other human rights violations.

Date:
12 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/6051/2017
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‘They are throwing us on the street like dogs’ - Europe abandons the Roma in Italy

In the last weeks, ahead of International Roma Day tomorrow, EU leaders in Brussels have been paying great lip service to Roma, Europe’s largest and most disadvantaged minority. Yet, this morning, hundreds of Roma in Italy were forcibly evicted from the Gianturco informal settlement in Naples. Their eviction is an unfortunate reminder of the discrimination suffered by the Roma, and the refusal of the European Commission to take action.

Date:
7 April 2017
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Italy: Forced eviction of Roma on eve of International Roma Day ‘cruel’

Following the forced eviction of hundreds of Roma from their homes in the Gianturco settlement in Naples this morning, Catrinel Motoc, Amnesty International’s regional campaigner said:  “At 7am today dozens of police descended on the Gianturco settlement outside Naples to forcibly evict hundreds of Roma from their homes. By 11am, the only trace left behind were the clothes, toys, furniture, mattresses and gas canisters that many had had to abandon there.

Date:
7 April 2017
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Hundreds of Roma to be forcibly evicted as EU leaders' refusal to sanction Italy exposed

Infringement proceedings against Italy blocked at the highest level of the European Commission Amnesty International spokespeople on the ground and available for interview  As European leaders were today revealed to have blocked action against Italy for discrimination against the Roma, Amnesty International warned that the imminent forced eviction of Romani residents from Gianturco informal settlement in Naples, will render hundreds, including children, elderly, sick and disabled, homeless.

Date:
6 April 2017