24 april 2015 - The Italian Council for Refugees – CIR is bewildered from the Conclusions of the Extraordinary European Council held yesterday. We recall that the objective was to prevent the death of thousands of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in the sea.
19 April 2015: The Italian Council for Refugees/Consiglio per i Rifugiati (CIR) is stunned by the latest slaughter in the Mediterranean. Our grief and indignation are immense. How is it possible that Europe, the birthplace of law and rights, continues to be indifferent to the nearly daily tragedies that are swallowing the lives of hundreds of men, women and children? Europe must move beyond thinking only about its national interests to defending the rights of all men, women, and children. This can no longer wait; this deadly indifference must end.
15 April 2015.The never-ending tragedy in the Mediterranean has claimed now the lives of about 400 people, according to Save the Children who talked in Calabria to the survivors of a boat carrying 550 people. Many of the victims are believed to be unaccompanied children.
13 april 2015 - The Italian Council for Refugees / Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati (CIR) is pained to have learned of more deaths at sea. The numbers continues to rise inexorably, with the total to date in 2015 even higher than that of prior years. We must speak out against this increase which is not unanticipated, but rather, is directly due to the inadequacy of Operation Triton and European policies.
11 April 2015: Yesterday nearly 1000 migrants were saved by the Italian Coast Guard and Navy in three separate rescue operations in the Sicilian Channel. One dead person was found on board. Today, off of Salento, a boat with 37 Middle Eastern migrants was intercepted, and another 36 Somali migrants were apprehended immediately after landing. (from RAI News 24 reports).
10 April 2015: Yesterday afternoon the Chamber of Deputies approved a modified version of proposed legislation that would add the crime of torture to Italy’s criminal statutes. The bill had previously been approved by the Chamber of Deputies, but a further vote was needed after modifications were made in the Senate. The measure will now return to the Senate.