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A decision of the ECtHR exactly when it is needed to make a political impact: authorities have to respect human rights and human dignity of refugees even when many of them arrive in very short time and authorities aren't prepared at all. And thinly disguised collective expulsion remains illegal.

Italy: Judges say unlawfully-detained migrants faced degrading conditions at Lampedusa reception centre | HUMANERIGHTSEUROPE

Judges have agreed that Italy's unlawful detention of Tunisian migrants, in degrading conditions on the island of Lampedusa pending collective expulsion, breached human rights laws.

As just satisfaction (Article 41) in the case of Khlaifia and Others v. Italy (application no. 16483/12), the European Court of Human Rights held that Italy was to pay each applicant 10,000 euros (EUR) in respect of non-pecuniary damage and the applicants EUR 9,344.51, jointly, in respect of costs and expenses.

The complaint concerned the detention in a reception centre on Lampedusa and subsequently on ships moored in Palermo harbour, as well as the repatriation to Tunisia, of clandestine migrants who had landed on the Italian coast in 2011, during the events linked to the `Arab Spring.'

Good. And we need more political pressure.

by Katrin on Tue Sep 1st, 2015 at 02:07:23 PM EST


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