Press Review


22 January 2020
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UNITED NATIONS: The Guardian: Climate refugees can't be returned home, says landmark UN human rights ruling – In a landmark case for people fleeing effects of climate change, the UN Human Right Committee recognized that climate change represents a serious threat to the right to life and therefore decision-makers need to take this into account when considering returning people. The judgment concerns the case of Ioane Teitiota, a man from the Pacific nation of Kiribati, which is considered one of the countries most threatened by rising sea levels.
See also: AYS: How Groundbreaking is the UN’s Ruling on “Climate Refugees”?.
LIBYA: The Guardian: Teenage boy the latest to die in Libyan refugee detention centre – Journalist Sally Hayden reports on the death of a 16-year-old boy in a Libyan detention centre where the majority of refugees and migrants are taken after they are returned to the war-torn country by the Libyan coastguard. The boy who fled Eritrea had been in the facility for more than a year and died of an unknown illness and lack of medical care. The EU provides technical assistance and training to the coastguard that has been widely criticized for human rights abuses.
MEDITERANEAN: Euractiv: EU to use revamped ‘Operation Sophia’ to enforce Libyan arms embargo – EU foreign ministers decided on Monday to revive the maritime surveillance mission Sophia in the Mediterranean to enforce a potential cease-fire in Libya and a UN arms embargo. Operation Sophia was set up in 2015 to combat people smugglers operating from the Libyan coast. It was suspended as a naval mission in March 2019, after Italy objected to rescued asylum seekers being landed in its ports, and is now limited to aerial surveillance.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Teller Report: Migrants, Ocean Viking in Pozzallo – The rescue vessel Ocean Viking, operated jointly by the NGOs SOS Mediterranée and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) arrived in the Italian port of Pozzallo. They disembarked 39 people, including 19 minors, they rescued last Friday off the coast of Libya. France, Germany and Luxembourg agreed to welcome 20 of them.

See also: LaRepubblica: Pozzallo, sbarcano i 39 migranti della Ocean Viking. Abbracci con i soccorritori.

SEARCH & RESCUE: The Brussels Times:  Over a dozen migrants rescued from North Sea after boat capsized – Belgian authorities rescued twelve people after their boat capsized off the Belgian coast. They were most likely asylum seekers trying to reach the UK. All of the passenger reportedly got back to shore.
FRANCE: Ekathimerini: France agrees to relocate 400 refugees from Greece – France will take 400 asylum seekers from Greece, with priority given to families and other vulnerable individuals. The relocation is part of six measures announced by France's Deputy Interior Minister to support Greece. France will also send 24 specialists on asylum and increase the number of French officials aiding the EU Border and Coast Guard (Frontex).

GREECE: Ekathimerini: Greek islanders protest overcrowded refugee camps – Local residents, business owners and officials have launched a day of protest on the Greek islands hosting most of the asylum seekers upon their arrival to Greece, Chios, Samos and Lesvos. They demand that the Greek government ease the severe overcrowding at refugee camps, which host up to ten times their capacity.

ITALY: WSJ: Senate Committee Votes to Strip Italy’s Salvini of Immunity – Senators from Italy’s anti-immigration League party voted on Monday to strip their own leader, Matteo Salvini, of parliamentary immunity, so that he can stand trial on charges for kidnapping people by holding them aboard a ship when he was Interior minister. Salvini wants to use the opportunity in court to gain more popularity through his anti-immigrants stance and mobilise support for upcoming elections according to The Wall Street Journal.

UK: The Guardian: Government loses child refugee vote in string of Lords defeats – The government of UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson suffered a significant defeat when the House of Lords voted to restore the principle of family reunion for child refugees fleeing conflict as an amendment to the EU withdrawal agreement, proposed by the Labour peer Alf Dubs. The issue will be debated again in the House of Commons on Wednesday, where the government may use its large majority to overturn the Lords defeats.

Also: Al Jazeera: 'As we leave EU, we cannot abandon our compassion and humanity'.
The Guardian: Why 'stronger borders' don't work – Thousands of people die annually trying to cross borders. It’s often argued stronger borders and more checks would deter people from making dangerous crossings. Maya Goodfellow explores what the current border regime means for people seeking asylum.

The Correspondent: Europe is the promised land – and nothing will convince these migrants otherwise – The Correspondent takes a critical look at the politics of awareness raising campaigns that inform people from African countries about the dangers of a journey towards Europe. Although researchers and practitioners are aware that the campaigns are not effective, national governments and the EU keep spending millions of euros on this strategy. The Correspondent also talked to the “target audience”.   
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