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Alfano: “Triton” will start in November and will take the place of Mare Nostrum

12 October 2014: On November 1st, the new European border surveillance operation called “Triton” will begin, and at that point “Italy’s Mare Nostrum action will end”, Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced on 9 October in Luxembourg, where he was presiding over the Justice and Home Affairs Commission of the Council of the EU during the Italian Presidential Semester.

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The Faces of Statelessness: Andrej’s Story

11 October 2014: Andrej was born in Azerbaijan, then part of the USSR, and resided there until 1987. Because he left Azerbaijan before 1992 he has no automatic entitlement to citizenship.   

To protect Andrej and the other 600,000 stateless persons who live in Europe, sign the petition of ENS here.

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Statelessness: Conference to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons

9 October 2014: On October 10th, to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons there will be a public meeting on Statelessness in Rome. The meeting, promoted by the Italian Senate’s Human Rights Commission and organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and by the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) will examine the issue of statelessness in Italy through the lens of international rights, urging that Italy accede to the 1961 UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

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Statelessness: a Week of Events

8 October 2014: The European Network on Statelessness (ENS), of which CIR is a member, has issued a new report “Still stateless, still suffering – Why Europe must act now to protect stateless persons” with dramatic testimony and stories of stateless persons living in 11 countries. CIR gathered some of the stories from persons in Italy.

There are only 7 days left to sign ENS’s online petition about protecting stateless persons. You can sign the petition here.

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CIR-ECRE: “European Borders: Access to Protection? Bridges, not Walls” Conference in Brussels on October 28th.

7 October 2014: The Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) and ECRE are organising a conference on access to the European territory and to asylum procedures for people fleeing war and persecution.

The issue of access to protection in Europe will be approached both at policy level, especially in the light of the current Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and from a more technical perspective, starting from the modalities for the transposition into EU and national legislations and procedures the principles established in the case Hirsi Jamaa and others vs. Italy. In this judgment, from 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that by pushing migrants back to Libya, Italy violated the European Convention on Human Rights and, in particular, the principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits returning migrants to countries where they may face persecution or inhuman or degrading treatment.

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More information on the “Access to Protection: A Human Right” Project

During the Brussels conference, the report “European Borders: access to protection? Bridges not walls”, will be presented, that was produced by the “Access to Protection: a Human Right” Project undertaken from September 2012 through October 2014.

Seven organizations representing seven countries worked together on the Project. CIR served as the lead agency and was joined by five partner agencies including the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (Hungary), Pro-Asyl Foundation (Germany), The People for Change Foundation (Malta), the Greek Council for Refugees (Greece), and the Spanish Commission for Aid to Refugees -CEAR (Spain). While not a partnering agency, the Portuguese Council for Refugees contributed valuable information and input to the Project.

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