The Italian government should consider withdrawing Decree Law which could hamper NGO search and rescue operations at sea
In a letter addressed to the Minister of the Interior of Italy, Matteo Piantedosi, published today, Commissioner Mijatović calls on the government to consider withdrawing or revise the Decree Law No. 1/2023. The Decree’s provisions could hamper NGO search and rescue operations and, therefore, be...
States should ensure rescue at sea and allow safe disembarkation during the COVID-19 crisis
“Despite the unprecedented challenges European countries face due to COVID-19, saving lives at sea and disembarking survivors in a safe port must continue”, stated today Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. The Commissioner calls on Council of Europe member states...
Commissioner urges Italy to suspend co-operation activities with Libyan Coast Guard and introduce human rights safeguards in future migration co-operation
In a letter addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Luigi Di Maio, published today, the Commissioner urges the Italian government to introduce human rights safeguards in the Memorandum of Understanding between Italy and Libya. While noting that discussions to improve human rights...
Commissioner calls on the Italian government to suspend the co-operation activities in place with the Libyan Coast Guard that impact on the return of persons intercepted at sea to Libya
“The Memorandum of Understanding between Italy and Libya will be renewed automatically next 2 February. I regret that the Italian authorities have not scrapped that agreement or - as a minimum - changed its terms,” said today the Commissioner. “As I have already stressed on several occasions, and...
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Commissioner publishes observations on alleged human rights violations of migrants returned from Italy to Libya
Today, the Commissioner published her written observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in connection with the case of S.S. and others v. Italy. This case concerns the interception and rescue operation of a boat in distress in the Mediterranean Sea, carrying around 150 persons...
The Commissioner calls on Italy to uphold the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, published today, the Commissioner requests the Italian government to clarify the measures it intends to take to ensure the continuity of essential services for asylum seekers and beneficiaries of protection. The Commissioner is...
Commissioner seeks clarifications over Italy’s maritime operations in Libyan territorial waters
In a letter addressed to Mr Marco Minniti, Minister of Interior of Italy, published today, the Commissioner requests information with regard to Italy’s maritime operations in Libyan territorial waters aimed at managing migration flows. Expressing appreciation for Italy’s efforts in saving lives...
Commissioner Muižnieks urges Italian Parliament to adopt a law on torture which is fully compliant with international human rights standards
In a letter addressed to the Italian Parliament published today, Commissioner Muižnieks welcomes the efforts that are being made to incorporate the crime of torture into the Italian Criminal Code, but urges the Chamber of Deputies to improve the current Bill in order to make it fully compliant...
Commissioner calls on Italy not to weaken the protection of children’s rights in the justice system
In a letter addressed to the President of the Italian Senate published today, the Commissioner expresses concerns about the bill on the efficiency of civil judicial proceedings. The planned transfer of juvenile justice competencies from specialised to ordinary courts and prosecution services...
European countries must stop forced evictions of Roma
“Many Roma continue to face serious forms of discrimination and human rights violations by authorities at both national and local levels. In particular, forced evictions without due process and provision of adequate alternative housing continue unabated across Europe, in violation of member...
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