- TO LAMPEDUSA FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE MASSACRE OF OCTOBER : AN OCCASION FOR NEW MOBILIZATIONS
- THE BEGINNING OF NEW MILITARY OPERATIONS: MOS MAIORUM AND TRITON
- ONGOING SHIPWRECKS AND LANDINGS
- THE PRECARIOUS AND DIFFICULT SITUATION OF INSTITUTIONALIZED HOSPITALITY
- RACISM OBSERVATORY: ONGOING CASES OF EXPLOITATION, RACKET AND XENOPHOBIA
- NEWS AND EVENTS
TO LAMPEDUSA FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE MASSACRE OF OCTOBER : AN OCCASION FOR NEW MOBILIZATIONS
A year after the catastrophe of October 3, 2013, the associations working in Lampedusa underline the importance of remembering to continue the action of mobilization and denunciation on the territory.
The 3rd of October becomes an opportunity to raise awareness not only in Italy.
But beyond the official commemoration, a demonstration winds the island asking for justice and commitment, not just a sterile remembrance.
Particularly in view of the future resumption of activities of the reception centre on the island.
THE BEGINNING OF NEW MILITARY OPERATIONS: MOS MAIORUM AND TRITON
The operation “Mos Maiorum” will take place from the 13th to the 26th October. It is sponsored by Frontex and it involves all European police forces. The operation consists in the strengthening of checkpoints, police interrogatories and inspections in order to identify "irregular" migrants on the territory.
Between the shock and the complaints of activists and associations.
in reception and detention centers for migrants an increase is recorded in the number of complaints and testimonies of police oppressing practices, perpetuated in order to force migrants to be identified.
Meanwhile, European public opinion is focused on the beginning of the mission “Triton”, that will gradually replace “Mare Nostrum” from November the 1st. The operation will decrease the radius of coastal patrol, prospecting a worrying increase in the number of deaths at sea.
ONGOING SHIPWRECKS AND LANDINGS
The shipwrecks off the Libyan coast and near the Italian ones do not stop. In Marettimo, one of the islands of the Trapani archipelago, a group of migrants clings the rocks waiting to be rescued after they saw their boat sinking.
Meanwhile, hundreds of refugees keep landing in the ports of Catania, Messina, Augusta and Pozzallo, despite the bad weather conditions. They tell dramatic stories. Many of them are directly transferred to the centers of Northern Italy with charter flights.
THE PRECARIOUS AND DIFFICULT SITUATION OF INSTITUTIONALIZED HOSPITALITY
In light of the new military operations, the collaboration between associations is made stronger for a careful monitoring of the reception and detention centers.
Along with a delegation of LasciateCIEntrare, Borderline Sicilia visits the CARA and the CIE “Pian del Lago” confirming all the structural inadequacies of this center
Even outside the CIE, the condition of migrants camping outdoors is that of refugees forced to an endless and lonely wait for the regularization of their position in the hope to live a decent life.
The condition of minor migrants in the former “Scuole Verdi” of Augusta is not better. They are forced to live even for months in an unsuitable structure, irrespectively of the fact that the law guarantees them much better rights.
Also Palermo first and second reception centres, which are monitored with great attention by Borderline Sicilia, lay in a state of complete neglect; territorial isolation; impossibility to receive an account of their rights and duties and a total lack of communication with the institutions. They are assimilated in a system of so-called reception where they do not have a voice.
Even the Caritas of Palermo has great difficulty in managing migrants’ continuous flow. This fact reveals the burdens of improvised hospitality which is often based only on operators’ good will, whereas the importance of the situation would peremptorily require professionalism and competence.
Luckily, in the middle of such a desperate coordination there are also results and good daily practice. In Palermo, a young Eritrean refugee can embrace again her son after five months and after a severe state of shock and depression from which she recovered thanks to the help of a cultural mediator and the Caritas team.
RACISM OBSERVATORY: ONGOING CASES OF EXPLOITATION, RACKET AND XENOPHOBIA
Severe episodes of exploitation keep, unfortunately, to take place. In the countryside near Ragusa and Vittoria, an history of abuse and blackmail told by some young Romanians reveals the system of violations rooted in the territory, that a network of associations and civil society strives to oppose and bring out of the silence.
Extortion and blackmail occurs also for a miserable bed in the street. It’s the case of many migrants in Catania, who did not find an accommodation in institutional reception centers and must contend any mean of sustenance, often with other foreigners, including the piece of asphalt on which laying down at night.
Displays of intolerance and closure can also be found locally, where media campaigns of Ebola-related psychosis begin to show their harmful consequences. In Pozzallo a group of parents contests the initiative that brings in a local school the immigrants housed in the CSPA, due to the fear of a possible contagion.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Borderline Sicilia is candidate in the field of immigration for the national award " Culture of Peace - City of San Sepolcro ".
The project "Watch The Med Alarm Phone" comes to life. From the 10th of October is active the transnational telephonic network for emergencies at sea and rejections.
Strasbourg Court of Human Rights finds Italy and Greece guilty of violation of Fundamental Rights. The success of a struggle against automatic rejections, pursued tenaciously since 2008 by a group of activists.
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