Reports from a number of transit countries for migrants en route towards the EU show that the spread of Covid-19 throughout the African continent, albeit much more limited than most expected, is being used as a tool to further reduce border crossings and mobility in general.
ASGI expresses concern that the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (“Frontex”) may implement collective push-backs of migrants intercepted in the Atlantic to Senegal.
As part of the procedure for supervising the judgment of the EDU Court Sharifi and others vs Italy and Greece and starting from observation and scientific study, ASGI, Ambasciata dei diritti di Ancona, l’Associazione Gruppo Lavoro Rifugiati, SOS Diritti Venezia e No Name Kitchen, sent a communication in order to bring to the attention of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe the profiles of substantial continuity of the current procedures implemented at the Adriatic ports with respect to detrimental practices of the rights sanctioned by the Court on 21 October 2014. The Committee therefore decided to continue the procedure for supervising the implementation of the sentence.
ASGI is shocked to learn that Moussa Tchangari, secretary general of the Nigerien Alternative Espaces Citoyens (AEC) association, was arrested at the end of a demonstration held in Niamey on March 15, 2020 and is still being held arbitrarily.
In cooperation with the Legal Clinic of the University of Roma Tre, the project “Oruka – Beyond the border” organized the self-training event for researchers, experts and legal practitioners “The new Frontex regulation and the agency’s extended powers: possible perspectives for strategic litigation”.
ASGI learned with apprehension that on Saturday December 14th the journalist and human rights activist Rida Fahil al-Bom was arrested at Tripoli while returning from Tunisia.
Today ASGI has submitted to the Italian Government a request for access to information regarding the financing of one million euro granted to the UNHCR for an extraordinary evacuation action towards Rwanda of asylum seekers and refugees detained in detention camps in Libya.