The European Court of Human Rights in Brussels yesterday ordered Italy to pay €15,000 to each one of the 24 Somali and Eritrean migrants who fled Libya in 2009 for Italian coasts. Italian vessels picked up the migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and returned them to Libya, where they were handed over to authorities. The Court ruled that the migrants risked ill treatment in Libya, where migrants were systematically detained. They also risked being sent back to Somalia and Eritrea, where they might be tortured. The court also stated that Italy violated the prohibition against mass expulsions since it did not examine any of their cases.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees long condemned what it called the “push-back on the seas” policy, in which migrants were intercepted at sea without screening for asylum. The policy is dated to a friendship treaty signed in 2008 by Muhammar Geddhafi and former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi.
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