Statement of the Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati (Italian Council for Refugees)
“We would like to recall that Libya has ratified the 1969 Convention on the specific problems of refugees in Africa” said the Chairman of the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR), Savino Pezzotta. . . .
“Libya is also bound by the UN Covenant on Human Rights of 1966 and has formally recognised the principles of respect for human dignity and of treatment in conformity with basic rights of the person without distinction by nationality, ethnic or religious belonging. . . .
“CIR reiterates that there are no conditions whatsoever which allow to push back asylum seekers or refugees to Libya or other north African Countries. . . .
“CIR appeals to the Italian Government and to the European Union to stop immigration policies of pushing back indiscriminately people from whatever place where they are under effective control of Italian or European authorities. . . .
“[T]he Italian Government in accordance with the European Union must share responsibility and burden laid on the Libyan authorities to guarantee dignified reception of hundreds of thousands migrants and refugees presently staying on the Libyan territory.”
For the full text of the CIR’s Statement, click here.