Libya: appeal against deportations

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 3rd, a debate will be held in the Italian Senate about the Italy-Libya treaty signed by Prime Minister Berlusconi and the Libyan dictator Gaddafi last August 2008.

Some Italians as well as some associations have launched an appeal against the deportation of African migrants in Libya. As the North African country has never signed the Geneva Convention, the authors argue that it is wrong to give Libya the task to stop at all costs all African migrants.

The petition against the deportations of migrants in Libya is now signed by more than 2,500 people and it is promoted by the authors of the film “Come un uomo sulla terra” (Like a man on earth) and by Fortress Europe.

“In Italy-Libya treaty – wrote – there is no obligation whatsoever for the Gheddafi government for the protection of asylum law, respect for human dignity: Libya simply has to” stop “, no matter how. This direction confirms the reduction of migrants to “political tool”. Gheddafi will continue to use the flow of migrants as an instrument of pressure to increase its bargaining power with Italy and Europe. The migrants, among whom there are also many women and children, continue to risk their lives, especially in prisons, in containers and in the centers of the Libyan police, as in the desert and the sea, which will be pushed even to cross over as a result of violence by the Libyan police itself”.

The appeal asks:

  1. An independent commission about how to control migration to Libya in the wake of the bilateral agreements with the Italian Government.
  2. The quick-start, given the emergency situation, of an international humanitarian mission in Libya to verify the status of persons detained in prisons and detention centers for foreigners.

Monday, February 2nd at 9pm, Tuesday February 3rd at 9.30am, 2.30pm and 9pm the film “Come un uomo sulla terra” will be broadcast via the web site

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