Crimes against humanity

There's no other way to put it. Italy's action in repatriating 220 migrants back to Libya constitutes a fundamental breach of human rights and international law. The basis stems from Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution."

I fear that for political reasons, Malta will be forced to follow suit and commit the same barbaric crimes against humanity by sending migrants back to Libya, without giving them any hearing. And in the meantime the EU Commission remains completely and utterly silent...

Supposedly, and by virtue of the Treaty of Amsterdam, matters of asylum and integration which used to fall upon the untouchable Second Pillar (concerning Common Security and Foreign Policy) now fall within the the competence of the Community (First Pillar). I suggest, if it is possible, that the EP draws up a report calling for a ban on Member States from entering into forced repatriation agreements, ultimately guaranteeing and securing the fundamental human right to asylum from persecution. Unless the European institutions are content with the development of fascist pariah States that is...

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