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Italy fined for sending migrants back

2012-02-23 20:37

Paris - A European court has ordered Italy to pay thousands of euros to 24 Somali and Eritrean migrants who fled Libya in 2009 for Italian shores.

Italian vessels picked up the migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and returned them to Libya, where they were handed over to authorities.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that they risked ill treatment in Libya, where it said migrants are systematically detained. They also risked being sent back to Somalia and Eritrea, where they might be detained or even tortured.

The court also said Italy had violated a prohibition against mass expulsions since it did not examine their cases.

The court ordered Italy to pay each of the migrants €15 000 and another €1 575 to be shared to cover costs.

Comments
  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-23 20:45

    They can't blame Italy for not wanting these people there. Of only SA would also be as bold!

  • Geronimo - 2012-02-23 20:52

    What a joke. The European Court of Human Rights is completely out of touch with reality. So what was Italy rather to have done, welcomed them with open arms?

  • Ron - 2012-02-23 21:27

    They're not Italy's problem - they were right to send them home. We should do the same with the Nigerians and other unwelcome "refugees".

  • Adeyvw - 2012-02-23 22:56

    Immigration (even controlled immigration) is causing havoc in civilised European countries. Illiterate, uneducated deportees cannot remain in countries they illegally entered into. If Italy had allowed them to stay, they would risk spending even more tax money on providing for 24 more dead-weight mouths to feed.

  • NinetiethOwl - 2012-02-24 09:42

    Better to foot the bill now than pay the price of having this lot on the mainland.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-24 09:48

    The idea that people have the right to simply pack up and move to another country without that country having any rights to refuse entry is beyond comprehension. Italy should not only refuse to make any payments but must continue to refuse to allow foreign nationals access to Italian soil unless the proper immigration procedures have been followed. This is not a one government world and will not be one until religion, and languages are done away with, resulting in one planet speaking one language with no allegiance other than to his fellow man. All currencies must be converted to a single currency and all pricing on good must be controlled internationally to ensure that no matter who or where you are everything costs the same. The EU is a perfect example of nations trying to compete using different values, which is why it will fail, and why there are so many financial problems in the EU countries.

  • rochelle.sastri - 2012-02-24 10:20

    Unbelievable how short people's memories are. We are all immigrants, you twits! If Italy refuses immigrants to its shores , then they should keep their people within their own borders. There are italians all over the world, USA being the perfect example. If people work hard and contribute to the country, there should be no barriers to their travel. When its a few individuals stinking up the whole lot, we should act on those individuals, not classify an entire race. Every person has a contribution to make and when we speak of global economy and global marketplace, we need to also realsie that this means a global community and nations that need to put aside difference and face facts: the world belongs to all people. If governments canniot show tolerance for others, how can you expect its people to be well-adjusted, tolerant individuals. We can then assume that italians are biased, racist and intolerant race and should be treated as such.

  • Bibi - 2012-02-24 12:15

    Europe is flooded with so-called African immigrants and a lot of them are sympethetic with radical Muslim groups and have no patriotic feelings for their host country. they won't think twice to plant a bomb in their host country. If the West is such an evil place, why do the Africans flock there?

      Warwick - 2012-02-24 15:21

      For freebies handed out by the pathetic liberals.

  • Warwick - 2012-02-24 15:20

    They MIGHT be detained or tortured. What rubbish is this. But when a white family wants to seek asylem in the US the whole world goes crazy, yet black africans in their millions can run all over the world seeking some form of asylem including coming to SA in there hundreds of thousands to get freebies from the taxpayer and steal South African jobs. A few words to these so called asylem seekers, "crime affects everyone" so stay in your countries and try to make a difference. I bet more than half of these so called asylem seekers are criminals avading justice in their home countries.

  • Irene - 2012-02-24 21:42

    The only thing Italy did wrong was not to send them off in the same boat they arrived in except with a big hole in the bottom. Evil west.

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