European Commission: Completing the reform of the Common European Asylum System: towards an efficient, fair and humane asylum policy

13 July 2016 - The European Commission is today presenting proposals to complete the reform of the Common European Asylum System in order to move towards a fully efficient, fair and humane asylum policy – one which can function effectively both in times of normal and in times of high migratory pressure.

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CIR involved in The Xenia 34° North Project

10 July 2016 - The Xenia 34° North Project rise from the collaboration between WAHA International, Rainbow for Africa, MissionLand, Elpis Nave Ospedale, ENGIM Internazionale and the Italian Refugees Council with the common goal to build up a Hospital Ship to provide primary health care and life-saving rescue close to the operational area.

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22nd June 2016 – on the 26th June on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, CIR, together with “La Mama Theater” and with the support of the Dutch Embassy in Rome, will present the international debut performance of Antigone in Exilium at the Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto.
Press Release:On the 26th June the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture will be commemorated all around the world. In spite of an absolute ban on its use, torture has still not been eliminated and continues to inflict indescribable physical and psychological suffering. According to Amnesty International, torture is still practised in 141 states: 82% of the world’s population live under governments that utilize torture to varying degrees in order to terrorize and destroy the identity of dissenters.
“Unfortunately, even though it is invisible, each year torture continues to claim thousands of victims. It is sufficient to consider that one refugee in every three in Italy has been subject to torture in their country of origin or during their voyage towards Europe.

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World Refugee Day 2016: Rome prepares for welcoming and integration

15th June 2016 – On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, which will be celebrated on Monday 20th June 2016, Accogliamoci - Radicali Italiani, A buon diritto, ARCI, the Italian Refugee Council (CIR), LasciateCIEntrare, Doctors for Human Rights, Città dell'altra economia and Monk are promoting at the Monk Garden in Rome “Right to Asylum”, a music and art event.

Date: Rome, 20th June, “The Monk Garden”, via Giuseppe Mirri, 35, from 7pm

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CIR: the European Commission’s strategy on immigration and third countries is unconvincing and lacks innovation.

7th June 2016 – The Italian Council for Refugees, CIR, considers the European Commission document for cooperation with third countries, not convincing, lacking innovation and not in keeping with the stated objective of better managing the refugee crisis in Europe. Nevertheless, a small number of the proposals put forward could create genuine alternatives for refugees.

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“Fammi Vedere”(Show Me) – the third edition of the CIR competition for short films about the right to asylum, has begun.

23rd May 2016 - The Italian Refugee Council (CIR) is pleased to launch the third edition of the short film competition Fammi Vedere (Show Me) – From today entries will be accepted until the closing date of the 15th October. The criteria for participation are that the subject matter of the film relates to the right to asylum and that the film has a maximum duration of two minutes. Full competition details are published on the CIR website ( ) and the competition is open to anyone wishing to tell the story or point of view of asylum seekers and refugees through the language of cinema.

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