the court in Strasbourg.
the European Court of Human Rights condemned Italy this morning for the practice of expulsions of refugees on the high seas, repeatedly implemented by the Berlusconi government after the bilateral agreement signed with Libyan dictatorial Gaddafi February 4, 2009. The Grand Chamber of seventeen judges of the court were to judge Strasburg, specifically, the case or recourse against the Italian government introduced three years ago by Somalia and Eritrean citizens. The Court has recognized Italy guilty of violating Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights which prohibits the collective expulsion and Article 3 on degrading treatment and torture, in addition to the effective right to appeal for the victims at the Italian courts as guaranteed by Article 13 of the Convention. The Court has, for the first time, equated the collective rejection at the border and at sea against collective expulsion of those already in the territory. Italy was ordered to pay compensation of 15 thousand euro’s, plus expenses, twenty-four to twenty-two victims, since both actions were not deemed eligible. On May 6, 2009 the twenty-four migrants were aboard a boat load of two hundred desperate, including children and pregnant women, sailed from Libya for Italy, from the Coast Guard intercepted 35 miles off Lampedusa. The refugees were transferred to three naval vessels and Italian, without carrying identification, conducted and delivered to the port of Tripoli to the Libyan dictator “After twenty-two hours of sailing in atrocious conditions, the two hundred refugees transferred on board the Italian vessel thought they were being taken in Italy,” he told one of their defenders and online, the lawyer Anton Giulio Lana. “Our military did not say anything about their destination, they deceived. , the port of Tripoli was full of the victims of the deportation from Italy. “They were desperate – tells the lawyer – and begging for our military to not leave them there, stripping and kneeling at their feet. Were confined in concentration camps in Libya, twenty-four of them decided to resort to the court in Strasbourg. During the imprisonment they suffered mistreatment and torture. Then came the Libyan revolution and fled, but had to escape from the rebels that they believed Gaddafi’s mercenaries. “Most of them took refuge in Tunisia – Lana continues – others took up the sea route to Europe. Many have lost all trace, we know of some who died during the crossing. In a few have done it and now they are in Malta, Switzerland, one of them is in Italy with no recognition of refugee status .
The Italian Government had set up his defense before the Court arguing that Libya was considered a “safe place” and that the applicants would in no way indicated to the officers on board their willingness to seek asylum or other form of international protection. The Strasbourg judges have rejected entirely the defense of the Italian Government took the view that refugees intercepted in international waters has not been given any real opportunity to secure an individual evaluation of their situations in order to have the protection granted to refugees under international law and Community .
proof that the operations of refoulement have been systematically violated the rights of refugees.
Italy has in fact denied the opportunity to seek protection and has thus returned to Libya more than a thousand people who had the right to be accepted in Italy. the rights of refugees can not be negotiated, with the dictatorship rule regime of Kaddafi or with any rule who not respect the basic human rights. we don’t believe the new regime in Libya will take the responsibility to protect the refugees, because at this moment in Libya there is no safety, even to its citizens.
Mr. Maroni the pain which we have got it from you, forever will remain inside the refugees hearts, and we will consider it, as it is the symbol of your political party of lega nord. at the same time it is ashamed on you, and on the leader of Lega Nord Mr. Bossi, and the history will never forgive Italy and the Italian people, do you remember how many refugees are dead in the detention in Libya, how many women and children’s were victims of your inhuman cruelty, thousands of refugees were tortured in the hell prison in Libya. how we can forget you, and your ugly devilish action, i will make to remember the refugees who killed by the rebels because they was suspected as mercenary don’t forget that they were victims of your deportation, and that is the great violation and transgression, to the national international convention and to the EU recommendation. but we believe that Italy is in Europe on the map only. Gaddafi has gone Berlusconi too, but the brutal history will remain on Italy forever and ever and the history will never forgive you. we lost our best brothers sisters and friends even their history will remain inside our hearts forever and ever.
Mr. Maroni, thank you for the violation
we appreciate your transgression to the hopeless refugees.
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