October 2nd: Two Sinkings

3 October 2014: CIR’s office in Tripoli informed us today, the anniversary of last year’s tragic shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa, that yesterday two boats capsized off the Libyan coast (not one, as previously reported), resulting in 130 victims. The sinkings occurred only three miles offshore between Garabuli and Tajura. According to survivors, approximately 250 people were on board the two boats, and only 120 were rescued by the Libyan Coast Guard. Ten bodies have been recovered, and searches for other victims by Libyan authorities are continuing.

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1st Anniversary of 3 October 2014: “Why I won’t be at Lampedusa today”

3 October 2014:        Reflections of CIR’s Director, Christopher Hein:

“At dawn on 3 October 2013, 368 people died from a single capsizing. Never before had an accident of that scale been recorded. Today, a year later, this sad record has been overtaken – on 14 September 2014, on the high seas between Crete and Malta (the exact location will never be known) nearly 500 people on a single boat were killed, were deliberately drowned, by traffickers”.

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CIR applauds Renzi’s “Mare Nostrum” statements at the UN

26 September 2014: The Italian Council for Refugees (CIR) welcomes the statements made by Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York, on the necessity to continue to guarantee effective rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

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Law of the European Delegation approved: News on protection and asylum rights

25 September 2014: Last September 17th following passage in the Senate, the law of the 2013 European Delegation, second semester, was passed. Among the approved measures was “the mandate on recognition of international protection status and on reception of applicants for international protection as well as that of adoption of a single text of EU acts on the right to asylum”.

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Legal Union for the Defense of Human Rights: Course on European Defense of Human Rights

24 September 2014: Registration has opened for “European Defense of Human Rights” course that will take place over four three-hour sessions each Friday in November (Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28) at the CNEL Parlamentino on Viale David Lubin, 2, in Rome. This is the 15th edition of the course.

More information is available (in Italian) at:


Training: “Workshop and Cooperation for Refugees – Co-op Start-up in the SPRAR

24 September 2014: CIR collaborated with Legacoop Sociali Lazio to offer an orientation and training workshop on September 24th directed at refugees and asylum seekers on business and work cooperatives. The initiative aimed at fostering a culture of real integration that, starting from the reception culture promoted in the SPRAR centres, provides training opportunities regarding self-employment and an orientation regarding forming or joining work cooperatives for refugees. CIR’s Director Christopher Hein and Legacoop Sociali Lazio’s President Pino Bongiorno conducted the workshop in collaboration with others, at the SPRAR centre managed by CIR at Via Appia Nuova in Rome.

Read the event program (in Italian) here

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