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.
The Italian Supreme Administrative Court orders the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to release IOM’s financial reports for projects financed by the Italian Government in Libya
ASGI, in the framework of the projects Sciabaca and Oruka, has presented requests to access the financial reports of projects implemented by IOM and other international organizations in Libya.
A worrying step backwards of the ECHR on the ban on collective expulsions for those seeking international protection
Stop the EU proposal for “humanitarian intervention” in Libya and new funds to the Libyan Coast Guard
ASGI expresses concern about the European Union’s proposal to allocate around € 100 million for an “urgent intervention” in Libya in order to limit the new departures of foreign citizens to Europe.
Following two requests of information under the right of access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents concerning EUTFA-funded projects currently implemented in Libya by IOs, ASGI received unsatisfying and poorly reasoned answers from the European Union.
After an incubation period of more than a year, on 15 January 2020 the International Organization for Migration announced in Cairo the launch of a program for the protection and return of migrants to Egypt.
(Brussells) The EU should suspend funding for its program to stem migration from Libya because the program breaches EU budgetary laws and international human rights law, the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), the Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI) and the Italian Recreational and Cultural Association (ARCI) argued in a legal complaint filed today…
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.
Refoulement at the Adriatic ports: Italy have not yet adopted the measures established by the ECtHR and the procedure for supervising the implementation of the Sharifi ruling continues.
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…
Call on Nigerien authorities for the immediate release of Moussa Tchangari and other human rights defenders arbitrarily arrested in Niamey between 15 and 17 March 2020
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.
The event, held in Rome on 5 December 2019, was organised by ASGI in cooperation with the Clinica Legale International Protection of Human Rights.
Proceedings of the workshop on the new Frontex Regulation held on 18th September 2019 in Rome are now available
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 in Lagos, Nigeria: Externalization of borders, practices of detention and denial of the right to asylum
From 25 to 27 February 2020 the international conference “Externalization of borders: Practices of detention and denial of the right to asylum” took place in Lagos. The event, promoted by ASGI through the Oruka and Sciabaca Projects, aimed at strengthening networks among organizations engaged in strategic actions against externalization policies implemented by the EU and…
On 2 February 2017, Fayez al Serraj for the Libyan Government of National Accord and Paolo Gentiloni for the Italian Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with the aim of strengthening the cooperation in the management of the Libyan borders, “in order to ensure the reduction of illegal migratory flows”.
ASGI (Sciabaca project) submitted a series of requests for access to public information concerning projects implemented by international and non-governmental organizations in Libya, Niger, Tunisia and Egypt, financed with Italian funds from the so called “Africa Fund”.
On 25 and 26 February 2020 an international conference in Lagos (Nigeria) on externalization policies’ impact on migrants’ detention and access to asylum
The conference “Externalization of borders: Practices of detention and denial of the right to asylum”, to be held in Lagos on 25-26 February 2020, is promoted by ASGI as part of the Sciabaca & Oruka projects and aims to foster a public debate among African and European organizations on how border policies affect African citizens’…
On 28 November 2019, the first instance court in Rome, in adjudicating a civil lawsuit promoted by Amnesty international and represented in court by ASGI lawyers, recognizing for the first time that a foreigner illegally pushed back by Italian authorities has the right to enter Italy to seek international protection.
The Italian government has not requested any guarantees for the transfers of migrants from Libya to Rwanda
On 12 December 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC) answered ASGI’s access requests, submitted in the framework of the Sciabaca and Oruka projects, aimed at obtaining information on the EUR 1 Million loan to UNHCR for humanitarian evacuation to Rwanda of asylum seekers and refugees detained in Libyan detention camps.
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.
Pressure from the Italian government for a “framework agreement” to step up repatriation of Tunisian citizens
On 6 November 2019 representatives of the Foreign Ministries of Italy and Tunisia met in Rome to negotiate a “framework agreement on migration and development”, with the aim of reaching a concerted management of flows and consolidating collaboration on the return of migrants irregular Tunisians.