This written declaration commits only those who have signed it.
Under the new law advocated by Interior Minister Salvini,
the expulsion of asylum seekers from the reception centres has started
in Italy. The first centre concerned, in Castelnuovo di Porto (Rome),
has been open for more than 10 years, and has hosted up to a thousand
migrants, serving as a model because of its integration projects.
Its occupants were expelled without any formal respect, in
violation of the principles of human rights. Many people are now
homeless in the streets of Rome. Children were removed from the
schools where they had integrated. The operation caused anger and
disbelief in many parts of Italy.
While it is legitimate for a new government to change immigration
management policies, it must do so ensuring respect for human rights.
In this connection, some cases of refugees enjoying humanitarian
protection were highlighted, as this law deprived them of the right
to reception. Some applications concerning them were already referred
to the European Court of Human Rights.
We believe that the Parliamentary Assembly and the Council
of Europe must be informed of this situation and that they must
take steps to ensure genuine respect for human rights in these circumstances.