• Le Vatican intervient contre un projet de loi italien contre l’homophobie, une première | Le HuffPost
    https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/entry/le-vatican-intervient-contre-un-projet-de-loi-italien-contre-lhomopho

    VATICAN - Le #Vatican s’est formellement opposé à la formulation d’un projet de loi italien consacré à la lutte contre l’#homophobie, jugeant qu’il portait atteinte à la liberté d’expression des catholiques, dans une très inhabituelle intervention diplomatique dans les affaires italiennes.

    Le projet de loi vise à punir les actes de discrimination et d’incitation à la violence contre les gays, les lesbiennes, les transgenres et les handicapés.

    Le journal Corriere della Sera a révélé dans son édition de ce mardi 22 juin qu’une “note verbale” diplomatique a été remise par Mgr Paul Gallagher -en charge au Vatican des relations avec les autres États- à l’ambassade italienne auprès du Saint-Siège le 17 juin. Cette remise de document a été confirmée à l’AFP par le porte-parole du Vatican.

    La note, non signée, affirme que certaines parties du projet de loi italien contreviennent aux accords bilatéraux en vigueur entre l’#Italie et le Saint-Siège, car elles “réduisent la liberté de l’Église catholique” en matière d’organisation et d’exercice du culte, ainsi que “la pleine liberté” d’expression et de pensée consentie aux fidèles et aux associations catholiques.

    “La note verbale appelle à une modulation différente du projet de loi”, peut-on lire sur le portail officiel des médias du Vatican, qui donne la parole à un juriste qui fut président de la Cour constitutionnelle italienne.

    Ce dernier, Cesare Mirabelli, explique que le Vatican ne souhaite aucunement “empêcher la prérogative de l’État de légiférer”. Mais il souhaite signaler le risque d’atteinte, à travers de nouvelles sanctions pénales, à “la libre expression des convictions” ainsi qu’à “la liberté éducative” des écoles et des parents. Ce qui n’a rien à voir “ni avec des agressions, ni avec de la violence, ni avec une incitation à la haine”, ajoute-t-il.

    Le projet de loi n’exempte pas les écoles catholiques italiennes d’une obligation de participer à des activités pour la journée nationale contre l’homophobie, qui sera fixée au 17 mai.

    Le texte sur “les mesures de prévention et de lutte contre les discriminations et la violence pour un motif basé sur le sexe, sur le genre, sur l’orientation sexuelle, sur l’identité de genre et sur le handicap”, porté par le député du Parti démocrate (centre-gauche) Alessandro Zan, a été approuvé à la Chambre des députés en novembre. Il est actuellement débattu au Sénat.

    Alessandro Zan a rejeté les arguments du Vatican, en estimant dans un tweet qu’“il ne peut y avoir aucune ingérence externe dans les prérogatives d’un parlement souverain” et que “le texte ne restreint d’aucune manière la liberté d’expression ou la liberté religieuse”.
    Atteinte à “la laïcité”

    L’association italienne “Arcigay” a vivement critiqué la démarche “sans précédent” de la diplomatie vaticane qui doit être traitée par le gouvernement italien comme “une ingérence inacceptable” et une atteinte à “la laïcité”.

    “Nous voulons comprendre ce que le Vatican est en train de dire, que les écoles privées défendent le droit d’être homophobe ?”, attaque l’association dans un communiqué, ajoutant que “le devoir de notre pays est de protéger les citoyens italiens de la violence et de la discrimination”.

    Voici un an, l’épiscopat italien avait déjà fermement contesté une proposition qui “risquerait d’ouvrir la voie à des dérives liberticides, des discriminations”, alors que l’Italie est déjà dotée selon lui d’instruments juridiques adéquats.

    “Soumettre par exemple à une procédure pénale ceux qui estiment que la famille exige un père et une mère, et non la duplication de la même figure, reviendrait à introduire un délit d’opinion”, s’était insurgée la Conférence épiscopale italienne (CEI).

    Le Saint-Siège laisse habituellement à la CEI le soin de réagir sur la législation italienne, évitant de s’immiscer publiquement dans la vie politique italienne.

    L’Italie et le Saint-Siège avaient normalisé leurs relations avec les accords de Latran en 1929, après soixante ans de crise. Ils comprennent un concordat qui fut révisé en 1984 pour mettre fin notamment au statut particulier de la religion catholique, qui n’est désormais plus la religion d’État en Italie.

    L’unification italienne achevée en 1870 avait marqué le démantèlement des États pontificaux, qui furent rattachés au Royaume d’Italie. Six décennies plus tard, en 1929, l’État de la Cité du Vatican, le plus petit au monde, était notamment créé par les accords de Latran.

  • « Brûler » les frontières sans se brûler : le périple d’Adem, jeune migrant tunisien
    https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2021/06/16/bruler-les-frontieres-sans-se-bruler-le-periple-d-adem-jeune-migrant-tunisie

    « Brûler » les frontières sans se brûler : le périple d’Adem, jeune migrant tunisien. Il a envoyé une photo de lui sur WhatsApp devant la tour Eiffel, accompagné d’un petit mot. « A Paris, depuis trois jours. » La dernière fois qu’on avait croisé Adem*, c’était l’été dernier, à la terrasse d’un fast-food de Mahdia, dans l’est de la Tunisie, par une nuit chaude et suffocante. Cet ancien employé de la base nautique d’un hôtel trois-étoiles avait raconté sa vie de « harrag », de « brûleur » de frontières en arabe. A l’époque, le jeune homme de 25 ans préparait son cinquième départ vers l’île italienne de Lampedusa. Avec six amis, il a finalement réussi à rejoindre, le 27 août 2020 vers 17 heures, sans passeport ni visa, ce bout de terre considéré comme la porte d’entrée de l’Europe.

    Depuis le début de l’année, près de 2 000 Tunisiens ont pris le large comme lui, selon le Haut-Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR). Et d’après le Forum tunisien pour les droits économiques et sociaux (FTDES), plus de 100 personnes sont mortes, entre janvier et avril. « Moi, j’ai brûlé sans me brûler », dit Adem.

    Qu’il semble loin le jour où le jeune Tunisien a mis les pieds à Lampedusa… Arrêté à son arrivée sur l’île, il a été placé avec ses compagnons en quarantaine dans un bateau, Covid oblige. Pour éviter une expulsion plus rapide, Adem ne dit pas à ceux qui l’interrogent qu’il était l’unique pilote du pneumatique, c’est l’une des leçons qu’il a retenues de ses précédentes tentatives.Transféré dans un centre de rétention à Bari après l’isolement sanitaire, il pense reconnaître un visage familier, celui d’un officiel tunisien qu’il a croisé lors de sa première tentative, en 2014. « Je lui ai dit cash : “La dernière fois, vous m’avez expulsé, qu’est-ce que vous avez gagné ? Je veux simplement vivre. Je ne suis pas un voleur.” Il s’est comporté comme un homme. Il n’a pas signé mon avis d’expulsion. » Au terme d’un mois en rétention, Adem est relâché avec un laissez-passer par les autorités italiennes. Officiellement, il a quelques jours pour quitter le territoire.
    Le jeune homme a longtemps rêvé de ce précieux sésame. Certes, il entre en Europe par la plus petite des portes, mais l’essentiel est ailleurs : une nouvelle vie s’ouvre après des années d’incertitude. Une fois libéré, il rejoint Palerme où réside une de ses tantes et trouve un travail d’ouvrier agricole. Dans les serres, il arrache des mauvaises herbes, mange de la poussière en cueillant des tomates et des aubergines aux côtés d’autres sans-papiers. Après des semaines sans salaire, son patron consent à lui verser 10 euros par jour, le double de ce qu’il gagnait quand il conduisait des jet-skis pour les touristes à Mahdia. « Au bout de plusieurs mois, je touchais 35 euros parce que j’avais plus d’expérience. Ce travail m’a cassé le dos. Je ne peux plus voir une tomate et une aubergine », lâche-t-il dans un éclat de rire.
    Avec l’argent accumulé, il a pu s’offrir quelques vêtements et financer le voyage jusqu’à Vintimille, dernier stop avant la France. Le reste, il l’a envoyé à ses parents. Mais avant d’arriver à la frontière, le jeune Tunisien a dû traverser la Botte en bus, plus discret que le train, en passant de grandes villes en grandes villes. Durant ce voyage, il lui faut éviter à tout prix le contrôle de police.
    Une fois arrivée à Vintimille, début mai, une autre difficulté l’attend : traverser la frontière sans se faire repérer. Là-bas, il rencontre des passeurs. Tunisiens, Marocains, Français… le migrant a l’embarras du choix. « Il y a un vrai marché et des arnaques aussi. Tout le monde veut profiter de nous, surtout les Français », assure-t-il. Il rencontre deux frères tunisiens en qui il a très vite confiance. Prix réclamé ? 200 euros. Il part de nuit à travers les sentiers : 20 km à se cacher de la police, des voitures, parfois en traversant un tunnel… « J’ai eu peur », confie-t-il.
    Aujourd’hui, Adem est hébergé chez des Tunisiens dans une lointaine banlieue. Ce sont des amis d’amis qui ont été, comme lui, sans-papiers avant d’être régularisés. Par solidarité, ils ont accepté de le loger sans contrepartie. Le jeune homme a déjà trouvé un emploi, au noir forcément : « Dès que je suis arrivé, j’ai cherché du travail. Je me suis rendu dans les quartiers arabes de la ville pour me renseigner et devant les chantiers.
    Après plus de deux heures à raconter son histoire presque en apnée, il tient à préciser que « l’immigration, c’est psychologiquement difficile. La solitude est terrible. » De son périple, il retient une rencontre avec une femme, originaire de Sfax, une ville située non loin de la sienne. « Son mari vit en France, mais elle n’a pas pu obtenir de papiers pour le rejoindre. Alors, elle a pris le bateau avec ses deux bébés sous le bras. Ça m’a choqué, raconte-t-il ému. Tout le monde peut être un jour un migrant. »Adem sait que la France n’est pas un eldorado. S’il avait eu le choix, il serait resté en Tunisie. « J’aime mon pays, je n’aurai jamais pensé le quitter. Je veux juste travailler quelques années, aider ma famille et y retourner un jour », se promet-il. Il a conscience aussi que les sans-papiers peuvent être mal vus. Alors, il ne demande qu’une chose : « Qu’on me donne ma chance. Je ne suis pas venu vendre de la drogue. Je vais tout faire pour être la meilleure personne possible. On se doit de présenter la meilleure image parce que d’autres vont venir derrière nous. »

    #Covid-19#migration#migrant#tunisie#italie#france#sante#santementale#parcoursmigratoire#migrationirreguliere#

  • Bonjour, grüezi, allegra, benvenuto: plurilingue au quotidien

    Quatre #langues_nationales, des dizaines de dialectes, plus de 250 langues parlées au total : le plurilinguisme est un phénomène saillant en Suisse, et il augmente. Le plus frappant est cependant de voir comment l’#anglais s’impose peu à peu comme cinquième « langue nationale ».

    Renata Coray a grandi dans le canton de Bâle-Campagne au sein d’une famille où l’on parlait le romanche et le suisse allemand, elle a fait des études en français et en allemand à Fribourg, vit à Zurich, séjourne souvent dans la Surselva, lit aussi des textes en anglais pour son travail et aime les vacances en Italie. Si tous les Suisses ne sont pas aussi polyglottes que cette cheffe de projet à l’Institut de plurilinguisme de l’université de Fribourg, la dernière étude de l’Office fédéral de la statistique (OFS) sur le #paysage_linguistique suisse montre tout de même que le plurilinguisme est en nette augmentation. Plus de deux tiers de la population suisse utilise régulièrement plus d’une langue. En 2014, environ 64 % des Suisses parlaient plus d’une langue au quotidien. Aujourd’hui, ils sont 68 %. Pour ce qui est du nombre de langues utilisées, 38,4 % en parlent régulièrement deux, 21,3 % trois, 6,4 % quatre et 1,7 % cinq ou plus. Notons que l’étude n’établit pas de distinction entre l’allemand standard et le suisse allemand.

    « Cette augmentation est due à la #mobilité accrue, aux possibilités de communication élargies offertes notamment par les nouveaux médias et l’Internet, aux cours de langue très répandus et à la composition plus internationale de la population », indique la sociolinguiste Renata Coray. Mais la modification des questions de l’enquête statistique y est aussi pour quelque chose : si, jusqu’en 1990, les sondés ne devaient indiquer que leur langue maternelle (les personnes bilingues devant opter pour une seule langue), ils peuvent depuis lors mentionner aussi les langues qui leur sont familières et, depuis 2010, citer jusqu’à trois langues principales.

    Une mise en œuvre présentant des lacunes

    Malgré cette augmentation, le plurilinguisme reste un thème politique explosif en Suisse. La longue lutte pour la survie du #romanche ou, en nombre d’endroits, les disputes liées à l’introduction de l’anglais à l’école au lieu du français dans les petites classes le montrent. La promotion des langues nationales, en particulier des #langues_minoritaires que sont l’#italien et romanche, est néanmoins ancrée dans la Constitution fédérale. « Pas mal de choses ont été faites sur le plan de la #politique_linguistique et des lois, note Renata Coray, mais la mise en œuvre présente parfois des lacunes. » Cela se voit par exemple, dit-elle, dans l’#administration_fédérale. Une étude de 2020 du Centre pour la Démocratie d’Aarau montre que dans près de deux tiers des offices, les Suisses alémaniques sont clairement surreprésentés et les membres des minorités linguistiques, sous-représentés.

    Un problème similaire existe dans le canton des #Grisons, relève la sociolinguiste. Dans ce seul canton possédant trois langues officielles – l’allemand, le romanche et l’italien –, l’#allemand reste nettement dominant dans l’#administration. Au fond, la promotion du romanche a-t-elle un sens dans un pays dont seulement 0,5 % de la population résidante permanente le considère comme l’une de ses langues principales, et seulement 0,9 % l’utilise régulièrement, sachant que la plupart des romanchophones maîtrisent aussi l’allemand ? « Il est vrai que ma grand-mère faisait probablement partie de la dernière génération qui ne parlait que le romanche, mais la promotion de la #diversité_linguistique est tout de même importante pour la #cohésion et l’#identité du pays », souligne Renata Coray. Même du point de vue économique, le multilinguisme semble payer : il est en effet à l’origine de 9 % du produit intérieur brut de la Suisse, comme l’ont découvert des chercheurs de l’université de Genève en 2008. Actuellement, une autre étude est en cours, car ce chiffre pourrait avoir augmenté ces dernières années.

    Encourager les jeunes

    Naomi Arpagaus apprécie elle aussi la #diversité_linguistique. Cette Grisonne de 21 ans a grandi dans un environnement romanche et suisse alémanique, appris l’anglais et l’italien à l’école, s’est spécialisée en espagnol au gymnase et prend en ce moment des leçons de français. « Vivant à Berne à cause de mes études, je parle surtout l’allemand au quotidien, mais aussi le romanche avec mes amis. » La préservation de cette langue lui tient à cœur. Ainsi, en tant que présidente de l’organisation faîtière de la jeunesse romanche #GiuRu, elle s’engage pour la défense des régions linguistiques grisonnes et l’interconnexion des cinq idiomes que sont le #sursilvan, le #sutsilvan, le #surmiran, le #puter et le #vallader.

    « Nous organisons des concerts et des soirées de jeux en romanche, tenons une rubrique dans le quotidien romanche ‹La Quotidiana› et entretenons des liens avec d’autres minorités linguistiques d’Europe », explique Naomi Arpagaus. L’intérêt des jeunes est très vif, dit-elle : « Beaucoup considèrent que la maîtrise du romanche est un avantage. Elle facilite l’accès à d’autres langues latines comme le français, l’espagnol ou le portugais, et il s’agit presque d’une langue secrète. » Pourtant, sur les réseaux sociaux, les jeunes s’expriment sans doute plutôt en allemand qu’en romanche, non ? Naomi Arpagaus rigole : « Dans ma génération, on écrit surtout en anglais. »

    La prédominance de l’anglais

    Dans les faits, si l’on excepte la position particulière de l’allemand standard (voir encadré), l’anglais a de plus en plus tendance à s’imposer comme la cinquième « langue nationale ». L’anglais est la langue étrangère la plus répandue, et de loin (45 %), en particulier chez les jeunes : près de trois quarts des 15 à 24 ans ont utilisé régulièrement l’anglais en 2019. « Et c’est une bonne chose, souligne Verio Pini, je dirais même que c’est indispensable. » Le président de l’association Coscienza Svizzera, qui se bat pour la diversité linguistique, expérimente cela au quotidien. Après avoir grandi au Tessin, Verio Pini a fait des études à Lausanne et à Berne. Il vit la moitié du temps à Berne et la moitié au Tessin et utilise aussi le français, l’anglais et l’espagnol tous les jours, en particulier pour la lecture de la presse.

    Aussi important que soit l’anglais aujourd’hui, Verio Pini note cependant que cette langue exerce une forte pression sur les langues nationales. Non seulement sur les langues minoritaires que sont le romanche et l’italien, mais aussi sur l’allemand à Genève ou le français à Zurich. » Souvent, les langues ne sont encouragées que dans leur aire d’influence, alors qu’aujourd’hui, dit Verio Pini, compte tenu de la grande diversité culturelle et de la mobilité, il faut voir au-delà des frontières linguistiques : « L’italien, par exemple, est parlé par un plus grand nombre de personnes au nord des Alpes qu’au Tessin. » Cela n’a pas échappé aux cercles politiques. Dans son message culture 2016–2020 déjà, le Conseil fédéral avait défini l’objectif de soutenir la langue et la culture italiennes hors de la Suisse italienne. Le Parlement réclame aujourd’hui une promotion plus large et plus dynamique du plurilinguisme, et ce afin de favoriser la cohésion nationale et l’intégration.

    « Il est évident que la communication entre les différentes régions linguistiques serait plus aisée si tout le monde parlait l’anglais. Mais pour la cohésion nationale et sociale, la communication simplifiée ne suffit pas, note Verio Pini. Il faut aussi comprendre la culture des autres régions linguistiques. » Apparemment, la population suisse en est tout à fait consciente : d’après l’étude de l’OFS, 84 % des Suisses pensent que connaître plusieurs langues nationales est important pour la cohésion du pays.

    On n’apprend pas les langues qu’à l’école

    Philipp Alexander Weber est aussi de cet avis. Il a grandi à Winterthour et a déménagé à Fribourg pour étudier l’économie. Au début, il avait de la peine avec le français : « À l’école, j’étais plutôt un matheux. » Cependant, il a rapidement remarqué qu’il avait bien plus de facilité à apprendre la langue sur place que dans les livres de grammaire. C’est pourquoi en 2007, il a fondé l’organisation friLingue, qui propose des séjours linguistiques aux jeunes en Suisse. « Je voulais bâtir des ponts au-dessus de la barrière des rösti », explique-t-il.

    Aujourd’hui, un millier d’enfants et d’adolescents participent chaque année aux camps de langues de friLingue. Philipp Alexander Weber a noté une hausse de l’intérêt surtout chez les jeunes Romands : « Tandis que les Suisses alémaniques ont toujours été attirés par le français, langue de la diplomatie, et qu’ils considèrent sa maîtrise comme un signe d’éducation, les Romands ont une relation plutôt compliquée avec l’allemand. Ne serait-ce que parce qu’ils apprennent le bon allemand à l’école, tandis qu’on parle des dialectes différents à Berne, à Zurich et à Bâle. » Après la Coupe du monde de football en 2006 en Allemagne, relève Philipp Alexander Weber, l’allemand a toutefois gagné en attrait auprès des Romands. En quelques années, l’Allemagne est devenue leur destination de voyage préférée. Et beaucoup d’entre eux souhaitent à présent effectuer une année sabbatique à Berlin ou un séjour linguistique en Suisse alémanique.

    En même temps, plusieurs cantons de Suisse centrale et orientale dévalorisent actuellement le français pour lui préférer l’anglais à l’école. À Uri et en Appenzell Rhodes-Intérieures, par exemple, on n’enseigne plus le français à l’école primaire, et en Thurgovie et à Zurich, le français n’est plus une matière déterminante pour le passage à l’école secondaire ou au gymnase. « Cela se reflète aussi dans les inscriptions aux camps de langues », indique Philipp Alexander Weber. Mais l’école n’est pas le seul endroit où l’on apprend les langues : d’après l’étude de l’OFS, 25 % de la population suisse apprend une ou plusieurs langues à partir de 25 ans. La langue la plus fréquemment apprise est… l’anglais.

    Bien sûr, à friLingue aussi, il arrive que des jeunes issus de régions linguistiques différentes aient recours à l’anglais pour se comprendre. Aux yeux de Philipp Alexander Weber, il n’y a là rien de grave : « Nous ne sommes pas une école. Notre objectif est de susciter l’amour des langues. » Lui-même utilise l’allemand et le français au quotidien, mais aussi l’anglais et le portugais. Il a vécu dix ans au Brésil et a un fils brésilien qui parle le suisse allemand. « Les connaissances linguistiques permettent de découvrir et de comprendre d’autres cultures et manières de penser, souligne-t-il. Elles ouvrent de nouveaux horizons. »

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    « #Hochdeutsch » ou #suisse_allemand ?

    Pour les uns, le suisse alémanique est un dialecte, tandis que d’autres le considèrent comme une langue à part entière. Pour Jürg Niederhauser, président du SVDS (Schweizerischer Verein für die deutsche Sprache), il s’agit là en fin de compte d’une « question idéologique » qu’on ne peut pas trancher en s’appuyant sur des données linguistiques. Il est clair que pour quelqu’un qui vient d’une autre région linguistique ou de l’étranger, le suisse allemand parlé au quotidien est souvent un obstacle. De surcroît, le dialecte est de plus en plus souvent utilisé aujourd’hui, car les formes d’expression deviennent de plus en plus informelles : « Il y a 70 ans, un match à la télévision était encore commenté en bon allemand. Aujourd’hui, on utilise le dialecte », relève Jürg Niederhauser. D’après lui, cela rend la compréhension plus difficile pour ceux qui ne parlent pas le suisse allemand et fait que les Suisses alémaniques se gênent davantage de parler l’allemand standard, car celui-ci est presque uniquement utilisé dans un contexte formel, comme à l’école.

    https://www.swisscommunity.org/fr/nouvelles-et-medias/revue-suisse/article/bonjour-grueezi-allegra-benvenuto-plurilingue-au-quotidien

    #Suisse #langues #plurilinguisme #statistiques #chiffres

  • Entre mafia et colonialisme : le fardeau du nucléaire #Italien
    https://infokiosques.net/spip.php?article1820

    « Début 2021, l’actualité italienne porte à nouveau sur le projet de stocker quelque part les déchets nucléaires du pays. Des associations antinuk pointent notamment le trafic illégal de déchets, ces dernières années, mis en œuvre par l’État italien en collaboration avec la mafia, dans un pays où les centrales nucléaires sont à l’arrêt depuis bientôt 35 ans. En France, à Bure, où l’industrie du nucléaire œuvre avec force pour enterrer les déchets hautement radioactifs, la situation italienne porte à réflexions. L’exemple d’un pays qui galère toujours à trouver une "solution" pour ses déchets produits entre 1966 à 1987 dans 4 centrales, renforce ici le sentiment profondément antinucléaire. Nous espérons également que la lutte à Bure, qui dure depuis 25 ans, donnera de la force aux mouvements antinucléaires (...)

    #E #Infokiosque_fantôme_partout_ #Allemand #Nucléaire_et_énergies_industrielles #Anticolonialisme_s_
    https://infokiosques.net/IMG/pdf/Le-fardeau-du-nucleaire-italien-fil-24p-avril2021.pdf
    https://infokiosques.net/IMG/pdf/Le-fardeau-du-nucleaire-italien-cahier-24p-avril2021.pdf
    https://infokiosques.net/IMG/pdf/Zwischen_Mafia___Kolonialismus_Die_Last_der_italienischen_Atomkraft-De
    https://infokiosques.net/IMG/pdf/Tra_mafia_e_colonialismo_il_peso_del_nucleare_italiano-V_italienne-202

  • Rural Italy Had a Pandemic Renaissance. Can It Last ?

    After thousands of young workers fled urban lockdowns to the countryside, village leaders are trying to make sure they stay. It’s easier said than done.

    A Medieval hamlet perched in the Madonie mountains of Sicily, Castelbuono looks straight out of a fairy tale, with narrow, winding streets and a stone-walled castle from the 14th century.

    Yet despite years of local efforts to turn it into a cultural hub through tourism and the establishment of an international music festival, Castelbuono has been shrinking for decades. Since the late 1960s, entire families across southern and central Italy have fled to the wealthier north in search of employment, as agriculture, textile mills and other industries declined. As a result, some 2,500 villages across the country are disappearing, with more than 2 million empty houses.

    But Covid-19 brought an unlikely reversal in that trend. Even as the virus tore through Italy’s rural interior and south, it also drew a wave of young adults and expatriates into its declining towns. Once relegated to weekend escapes from urban fatigue, centuries-old villages like Castelbuono — called “borghi” in Italian, or “borgo” in the singular — became more attractive refuges from the claustrophobia of pandemic lockdowns, promising more space to inhabit and improved quality of life at cheaper prices.

    Now, to translate this phenomenon into a lasting post-pandemic legacy, elected leaders and grassroots organizations are taking action to improve infrastructure, rebuild community ties and push these aging villages into the 21st century as remote work becomes the new normal.

    “The pandemic created one of the biggest opportunities ever for small towns in Italy,” said Carla Cucco, a 30-year old lawyer who grew up in Castelbuono and moved back from Palermo amid the first lockdown in spring 2020. She is now living with her parents.

    Exactly how many people returned to villages last year is hard to say, especially since many Italians who previously left never gave up nominal residency. But a report by SVIMEZ, an Italian think tank focused on the economic development in the south, estimates that between 80,000 to 100,000 people moved back to these long-fading regions since the start of Covid-19, based on employer surveys. Meanwhile, demand for properties in rural areas increased by 20% last spring, according to real estate agencies.

    Some new arrivals are remaking villages so that they are more viable places to live long-term. Cucco is part of South Working, a loose network of young Italian professionals that started during the pandemic to stay connected while in isolation. Over the past six months, in cooperation with the local officials in Castelbuono, Cucco and a group of fellow returnees turned parts of historical buildings into coworking spaces. Now, when Cucco has to speak with a client in the city, she steps into what was once the cloister of an 18th-century Catholic church, now converted into an open-air conference room.

    The baroque village of Palazzolo Acreide in southern Sicily, which has lost about 7% residents in the last decade, is similarly trying to capitalize on the pandemic’s positive population effect.

    “We are not yet to the point of extinction, because despite the inevitable decrease in population, Palazzolo is still lively and can offer a lot,” said Mayor Salvatore Gallo. He estimates that hundreds of newcomers have arrived since last year to the town of 8,000, a UNESCO world heritage site rated the second most beautiful borgo in Italy in 2019.

    Before Covid hit, Gallo looked into bringing in the popular 1-euro houses program — where owners sell uninhabited homes in need of renovation for a nominal fee — that has been tried in dozens of emptied villages. But when he found that such incentives mostly function as holiday house give-aways, he decided that a better strategy for Palazzolo would be supporting projects and businesses that newcomers initiated.

    The first of those will be a FabLab, a workshop equipped with tools such as 3-D printers as well as soldering irons and textile looms. Directed by Marie-Marthe Joly, a Swiss entrepreneur, it will open this summer inside an old monastery, which Gallo made available for free.

    Enticed by the slower pace of life, Joly decided to make her move permanent after getting stuck at her holiday home in Palazzolo during the first lockdown. Through academic partnerships with the University of Geneva and the University of Catania in Sicily, she plans to use the FabLab to bring in experts to teach business, crafts and digital skills to locals.

    “Moving to a borgo shouldn’t just be a selfish decision to enjoy better food and cheaper rent, but a chance to enrich and give back to the host community,” she said.

    Yet the ability to work remotely at her university is what made the move possible. And that’s what she and Gallo — who has signed a contract for high-speed internet coverage for the entire town — hope will enable more arrivals to stay.

    As part of South Working, Carmelo Ignaccolo, a PhD student in urban studies and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been tracking coworking hubs and places with access to high-speed internet that can cater to the needs of remote-working professionals across rural Italy; so far, the group has counted 192 locations. To better understand the level of repopulation that has taken place in some of these towns during the pandemic, he hopes to analyze mobile phone and internet use data. That could also help indicate where governments should aim for future investments, he said.

    In a kind of domino effect, several areas struggling with depopulation have already begun experimenting with ways to encourage newcomers to stay for the whole year rather than just during the holidays.

    Last July, Sicily’s regional government launched a program offering a grant of as much as 50,000 euros ($61,000) for people under the age of 30 to build social enterprises in culture and tourism in one of 23 designated villages, including Palazzolo Acreide. In September, the southern region of Molise announced it would offer 700 euros a month to those taking residency in a borgo with fewer than 2,000 residents. Another program launched in February in the mountainous northern region of Emilia-Romagna gives applicants up to 30,000 euros for the purchase or restoration of a house.

    “We are witnessing unparalleled times for the rebirth of these disappearing, yet invaluable, spaces of our national heritage. And that gives us hope for the future,” said Anna Laura Orrico, a member of Italy’s Parliament who has previously tried to make rural revitalization a national priority. For years, the government has tried to repopulate borghis through initiatives such as the 2014 “National Strategy for Inner Areas,” which aimed to develop rural areas through targeted investments in infrastructure and urban planning. But the plan’s impact has been difficult to assess, Orrico said, due to lack of monitoring.

    Now the topic has momentum. Last year, during her mandate as undersecretary of cultural affairs, Orrico’s office selected 12 villages across the country to become experimental hubs for innovative technology in the fields of environment, sustainable transportation and culture, funded through a project called “Smarter Italy.” Beginning in summer, 90 euros million will be allocated across these towns to fund diverse projects, including virtual museums and seismic monitoring.

    Some of the Recovery Plan funds that Italy is set to receive later this year from the European Union to counter the negative economic impact of coronavirus are also expected to be invested in borghi, although exact amounts are yet to be determined.

    Such investments are badly needed, as rural areas lack critical services such as secondary education, high-speed transportation, and health care. In ultra-remote parts of southern Italy, it takes an average of nearly 45 minutes to reach a hospital.

    Modernizing infrastructure and social services is key to keeping new residents for the long-term, said Fausto Carmelo Nigrelli, a professor of urban planning at the University of Catania, who has spent decades studying the economic challenges of Italy’s small villages. He believes that at least 1 billion euros is required to make rural areas more habitable. A historic lack of follow-through by the national government — as well as the pandemic’s devastating effect on the Italian economy — makes him skeptical that this time will be different.

    “This return is very encouraging,” Nigrelli said. “But if it’s not supported by concrete, effective policy planning that focuses on improving the welfare system, the risk is that, in a few years time, the emigration trend might retake its course.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-21/how-covid-repopulated-rural-italian-villages?cmpid=BBD052121_CITYLAB

    #renaissance #Italie #covid-19 #coronavirus #rural #campagnes #jeunes #jeunesse #travail_à_distance #Sicile #Madonie #Castelbuono #lockdown #confinement #post-pandémie #géographie #infrastructure #south_working #travail #Palazzolo #FabLab #co-working

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    ajouté à la métaliste « #géographie (et notamment #géographie_politique) et #coronavirus » :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/852722

  • Il colonialismo italiano : la guerra d’Etiopia

    Tre libri per raccontare la guerra d’Etiopia

    Due saggi:

    La guerra d’Etiopia : l’ultima impresa del colonialismo / di Angelo Del Boca. - Milano : Longanesi, 2010

    La guerra d’Etiopia : 1935-1941 / Nicola Labanca. - Bologna : Il mulino, 2015

    Un romanzo:

    Regina di fiori e di perle / Gabriella Ghermandi ; postfazione di Cristina Lombardi-Diop. - Roma : Donzelli, [2007]

    Per approfondire, altri titoli disponibili presso la Biblioteca Cabral. Saggi, romanzi, invito alla lettura.

    Saggi:

    Il casco di sughero : gli italiani alla conquista dell’Africa / Alfredo Venturi ; [con una postfazione di Angelo Ferrari]. - Torino : Rosenberg & Sellier, 2020

    Debre Libanos 1937 : il più grave crimine di guerra dell’Italia / Paolo Borruso ; prefazione di Andrea Riccardi. - Bari ; Roma : Laterza, 2020

    Raccontare l’impero : una storia orale della conquista d’Etiopia (1935-1941) / Filippo Colombara. - Milano ; Udine : Mimesis, 2019

    Il massacro di Addis Abeba : una vergogna italiana / Ian Campbell ; traduzione di Mariacristina Cesa e Nicolina Pomilio. - [Milano] : Rizzoli, 2018

    Mussolini in Etiopia : le origini della guerra dell’Italia fascista in Africa, 1919-1935 / Robert Mallett ; traduzione dall’inglese di Rossana Macuz Varrocchi. - Gorizia : LEG, 2018

    Collision of Empires : Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia and its international impact / edited by G. Bruce Strang. - London ; New York : Routledge, 2017

    L’avventura coloniale italiana : l’Africa orientale italiana 1885-1942 / Gianni Oliva. - Torino : Edizioni del Capricorno, 2016

    L’invasione dell’Abissinia : 1935-1936 / David Nicolle ; a cura di Fulvio Cardoni ; illustrazioni di Raffaele Ruggeri. - Gorizia : LEG, 2016

    Gas in Etiopia : i crimini rimossi dell’Italia coloniale / Simone Belladonna ; prefazione di Angelo Del Boca. - Vicenza : Pozza, 2015

    Una guerra per l’impero : memorie della campagna d’Etiopia, 1935-36 / Nicola Labanca. - Bologna : il Mulino, 2015

    L’ora solenne : gli italiani e la guerra d’Etiopia / Marco Palmieri. - Milano : Baldini & Castoldi, 2015

    L’eredità scomoda : appunti sul passato coloniale / a cura di Valentina Asioli e Gianluca Gabrielli. - Gardolo : Erickson, 2013

    Plotone chimico : cronache abissine di una generazione scomoda / Alessandro Boaglio ; a cura di Giovanni Boaglio, Matteo Dominioni. - Milano ; Udine : Mimesis, 2010

    L’Africa del Duce : i crimini fascisti in Africa / Antonella Randazzo. - Varese : Arterigere, 2008

    L’Impero fascista : Italia ed Etiopia, 1935-1941 / a cura di Riccardo Bottoni. - Bologna : Il mulino, [2008]

    Lo sfascio dell’impero : gli italiani in Etiopia, 1936-1941 / Matteo Dominioni ; prefazione di Angelo Del Boca. - Roma [etc.] : GLF editori Laterza, 2008

    L’Africa orientale italiana nel dibattito storico contemporaneo / a cura di Bianca Maria Carcangiu e Tekeste Negash. - Roma : Carocci, 2007

    L’ultima colonia italiana in Africa / Valentino De Bernardis. - Acireale : Bonanno, 2007

    Italiani, brava gente? : un mito duro a morire / Angelo Del Boca. - Vicenza : Neri Pozza, [2005]

    I gas di Mussolini : il fascismo e la guerra d’Etiopia / Angelo Del Boca ; con contributi di Giorgio Rochat, Ferdinando Pedriali e Roberto Gentilli. - Roma : Editori riuniti, 1996

    Le guerre coloniali del fascismo / H. W. Al-Hesnawi ... [et al.] ; a cura di Angelo Del Boca. - Roma ; Bari : Laterza, 1991

    Romanzi:

    Il re ombra / Maaza Mengiste ; traduzione di Anna Nadotti. - Torino : Einaudi, 2021

    I fantasmi dell’Impero / Marco Consentino, Domenico Dodaro, Luigi Panella. - Palermo : Sellerio, 2017

    Sangue giusto / Francesca Melandri. - [Milano] : Rizzoli, 2017

    Tempo di uccidere / Ennio Flaiano ; introduzione di Anna Longoni. - Milano : BUR, 2013

    Un mattino a Irgalem / Davide Longo. - Milano : Marcos y Marcos, 2001

    Invito alla lettura:

    Il racconto delle colonie nella narrativa italiana nel periodo coloniale e dal dopoguerra ad oggi, arricchito da una selezione di saggi sulla letteratura coloniale.

    http://www.centrocabral.com/2080/Il_colonialismo_italiano_la_guerra_dEtiopia
    #guerre_d'Ethiopie #Ethiopie #colonialisme #colonisation #Italie #livres #ressources_bibliographiques #histoire

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    ajouté à la métaliste sur le #colonialisme_italien :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/871953

  • Il fallimento della sanatoria #2020 confermato da dati inediti sul settore domestico

    Il 64% degli stranieri che ha fatto domanda di regolarizzazione nel settore domestico in forza del provvedimento varato lo scorso anno sono uomini. Una quota altissima se si considera che, nel 2019, l’89% degli impiegati domestici in Italia erano donne. È il mercato dei contratti falsi. “Una sanatoria nata male e gestita peggio”, spiega l’avvocato Marco Paggi (Asgi)

    Quasi due stranieri su tre che hanno richiesto di essere regolarizzati nel settore domestico tramite la #sanatoria promossa nel 2020 sono uomini. Una quota altissima se si considera che, nel 2019, l’89% degli impiegati domestici in Italia erano donne (stime Istat). I dati inediti del ministero dell’Interno ottenuti da Altreconomia confermano i limiti di un provvedimento nato zoppo, in aggiunta alla lentezza con cui sta avanzando l’esame delle 207mila richieste di regolarizzazione.
    “Questo dimostra il grande limite di una sanatoria settoriale che ha costretto migliaia di persone a cercare un impiego differente dal proprio, per potersi regolarizzare aumentando, tra l’altro, anche il ‘mercato’ di contratti falsi”, spiega Marco Paggi, avvocato e socio dell’Associazione per gli studi giuridici sull’immigrazione (Asgi).

    Grazie ai documenti ottenuti tramite accesso civico è possibile conoscere con precisione il numero delle richieste disaggregate per genere del richiedente. “Un dato mai pubblicato fino ad ora -osserva Paggi- per evitare una buona dose di imbarazzo al ministero”. Infatti, dagli elementi ottenuti, si evidenzia che su circa 177mila domande nel settore domestico, oltre 113mila, il 64%, sono state presentate da uomini. Come detto, l’incidenza maschile, secondo l’Istat supera di poco l’11% su un totale stimato, tra regolari e non, di due milioni di lavoratori. Percentuali stravolte che, in parte, non stupiscono.

    Puntualmente, ad ogni sanatoria, la storia si ripete. L’incidenza degli uomini impiegati nel settore domestico, nel periodo compreso tra il 2012 e il 2019, è diminuita del 50%. “Ciò è riconducibile -come si legge nel Rapporto annuale sul settore domestico 2020 realizzato dalla Fondazione Leone Moressa (https://www.osservatoriolavorodomestico.it/documenti/Rapporto-2020-lavoro-domestico-osservatorio-domina.pdf) - a un ampio ricorso alla regolarizzazione del 2012 da parte di lavoratori domestici che poi, una volta ottenuto il permesso di soggiorno, hanno cambiato settore”. Motivo per cui, nell’aprile 2020, Asgi aveva richiesto al governo di promuovere una regolarizzazione non limitata a determinati settori produttivi ma che prevedesse la possibilità di regolarizzarsi attraverso un “permesso di soggiorno per ricerca occupazione -si legge nella proposta che aveva raccolto centinaia di adesioni- svincolando da possibili ricatti o dal mercato dei contratti che hanno contraddistinto tutte le pregresse regolarizzazioni”.

    “È evidente che il difetto sta nel manico -sottolinea Paggi, esperto di diritto del lavoro e dell’immigrazione- non si può scaricare la colpa sugli stranieri: la scelta sciagurata è stata fatta a monte, in un paradosso per cui con l’obiettivo di diminuire il lavoro nero lo aumenti. Chi è in attesa di essere regolarizzato come domestico, infatti, nel frattempo continua a portare avanti il suo ‘vero’ lavoro senza contratto”.

    Una problematica amplificata dalla lungaggine nella procedura di esame delle richieste. Secondo i dati ottenuti dal ilfattoquotidiano.it, alla data del 10 maggio 2021, gli sportelli unici delle prefetture hanno esaminato il 12,7% delle pratiche, delle quali circa l’11% sono state definite positivamente. Un’evidente lentezza già segnalata, a inizio marzo 2021, dai promotori della campagna Ero straniero che, pubblicando un report dettagliato sullo stato di avanzamento dell’esame delle domande, avevano descritto “un quadro preoccupante in tutti i territori con ritardi gravissimi e stime dei tempi di finalizzazione delle domande improbabili, di anni se non decenni”.

    Con riferimento alle diverse attività per cui si è chiesta la regolarizzazione, sempre nel settore domestico, più di 122mila domande sono state presentate per attività di “collaboratore familiare” (colf). Proprio sotto questa voce, il 69% del totale, registra la differenza più marcata tra richieste di uomini e donne, rispettivamente 89mila e 32mila. Peccato che, sempre l’Istat, segnali una minor incidenza dei colf uomini (7,8%) rispetto ai badanti (14,5%) sul totale degli impiegati. L’esatto opposto di quanto evidenziano i numeri della sanatoria.

    Infine, meno di un terzo sono le richieste per l’attività di “assistenza a persona non autosufficiente”, ovvero badanti in senso stretto. “Molte persone che in realtà ricoprono questo ruolo -continua Paggi- sono state assunte come collaboratori domestici perché un richiedono un diverso inquadramento in termini contrattuali, quindi una minor retribuzione annua. Non solo, dal mio osservatorio anche diversi lavoratori impiegati in agricoltura sono stati trasformati in collaboratori domestici”. Il motivo è squisitamente economico: nel caso di regolarizzazione di un rapporto di lavoro già esistente, il datore di lavoro avrebbe dovuto versare per ogni mese di impiego in nero un contributo di 300 euro al mese per gli agricoli, solamente 156 per i domestici. Un’ulteriore dimostrazione del fallimento della regolarizzazione nel settore agricolo: questo, nonostante l’ex ministra dell’Agricoltura Teresa Bellanova, tra le principali promotrici della sanatoria, avesse promosso il provvedimento con un occhio di riguardo verso i braccianti “invisibili”. Peccato che le domande riguardanti l’agricoltura siano state solamente il 15% delle 207mila totali.

    Delle 180mila persone in attesa, coloro che hanno dovuto cambiare impiego per ottenere un permesso di soggiorno restano, così, nell’impossibilità di svolgere regolarmente il proprio lavoro. “Per quanto verranno bloccati i lavoratori? -si domanda Paggi-. Per quanto tempo resteranno nel ‘nero’? Quanto guadagneranno le nostre casse esattoriali per questo periodo di stallo? Una sanatoria nata male e gestita peggio”.

    https://altreconomia.it/il-fallimento-della-sanatoria-2020-confermato-da-dati-inediti-sul-setto
    #Italie #régularisation #sans-papiers #migrations #chiffres #statistiques #secteur_domestique #femmes #permis_de_séjour

    • La sanatoria-miraggio: solo il 5% dei lavoratori è stato regolarizzato. A Roma neanche uno

      Ad un anno dall’apertura della finestra di emersione su 220mila domande esaminate solo 11mila. Niente assistenza sanitaria né vaccino. La campagna «Ero straniero» denuncia il fenomeno delle badanti «segregate» in casa per paura del contagio

      https://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2021/06/01/news/la_sanatoria-miraggio_un_anno_dopo_a_roma_su_16_000_domande_neanche_un_permesso_di_soggiorno-303661422/?ref=RHTP-BH-I0-P1-S1-T1&__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

    • Regolarizzazioni: a Roma 2 pratiche esaminate su 16mila domande

      In Italia delle 220.000 persone che hanno fatto richiesta, solo 11.000 (il 5%) hanno in mano un permesso di soggiorno per lavoro. Molto critica, in particolare, la situazione nelle grandi città. A un anno dall’apertura della finestra, il dossier di Ero Straniero

      «Tre mesi fa - dichiarano i promotori della campagna Ero straniero - abbiamo denunciato il grave ritardo accumulato nell’esame delle domande di emersione e regolarizzazione avviata nel 2020 con il decreto “rilancio”. Torniamo oggi, 1 giugno 2021, a un anno dall’apertura della finestra per presentare le domande, con un nuovo dossier di aggiornamento della situazione nei diversi territori, sulla base dei dati raccolti dal ministero dell’interno e da prefetture e questure attraverso una serie di accessi civici. Il quadro, seppur in lieve miglioramento, appare ancora grave in tutta Italia: delle 220.000 persone che hanno fatto richiesta, solo 11.000 (il 5%) hanno in mano un permesso di soggiorno per lavoro, mentre circa 20.000 sono in via di rilascio. Molto critica, in particolare, la situazione nelle grandi città: a Roma, al 20 maggio, su un totale di circa 16.000 domande ricevute, solo 2 pratiche sono arrivate alla fase conclusiva e non è stato ancora rilasciato alcun permesso di soggiorno. A Milano, su oltre 26.000 istanze ricevute in totale, poco più di 400 sono i permessi di soggiorno rilasciati».

      Nel dossier, oltre all’analisi dei dati relativi allo stato delle pratiche - riportati in formato aperto sul sito della campagna - sono state raccolte alcune testimonianze di chi sta aspettando di sapere se avrà o meno i documenti e potrà uscire dall’invisibilità. Ma anche di tanti datori di lavoro sconcertati per i tempi lunghissimi, come ha dichiarato un datore di lavoro a Bologna: “Io sono furioso. Sono nove mesi che non sappiamo niente. Ma si possono lasciare le famiglie appese così?”.

      Sono pesanti le conseguenze di tale ritardo sulla vita di queste persone e riguardano nuovi insormontabili ostacoli burocratici, a partire dalla difficoltà di accesso al sistema sanitario nazionale e alle vaccinazioni, con un impatto inevitabile anche a livello di salute pubblica nel contesto di emergenza che stiamo vivendo. Questa la testimonianza di un’assistente familiare in emersione a Milano: “Ti rimandano indietro. Dicono che con permesso provvisorio l’iscrizione al Servizio Sanitario non si può fare. Ma non è vero! Io ho diritto al medico di base! Quando sarò vaccinata? Ho 55 anni, le persone della mia età a Milano possono già prenotare su internet. E se io mi ammalo, chi sta con la mia signora, che ha 89 anni? Mi mandano via!”.

      Infine, il dossier prova a spiegare come mai, nonostante fosse stato previsto già nel decreto che ha dato il via alla “sanatoria”, il personale aggiuntivo destinato alle prefetture proprio per l’esame delle pratiche di regolarizzazione sia entrato effettivamente in servizio - e neanche dappertutto - solo i primi di maggio scorso, contribuendo significativamente al prolungarsi dei tempi per le decine di migliaia di pratiche negli uffici competenti in tutt’Italia.

      «Alla luce di quanto emerso dal monitoraggio di questi mesi - concludono i promotori - la campagna Ero straniero ribadisce la richiesta al ministero dell’interno di intervenire immediatamente per superare gli ostacoli burocratici e velocizzare l’iter delle domande, in modo che le quasi 200.000 persone ancora in attesa di risposta possano al più presto perfezionare l’assunzione. Nello stesso tempo, sappiamo chè non sarà sufficiente questa misura a risolvere il problema della creazione costante di nuova irregolarità, come dimostra quanto accaduto con le sanatorie negli ultimi vent’anni. Anche perché una gran parte di persone senza documenti ne è stata esclusa, vista la limitazione a pochi settori lavorativi. Continuiamo per questo a chiedere a governo e Parlamento un intervento a lungo termine che permetta di ampliare le maglie della regolarizzazione e favorire legalità e integrazione, a partire da uno strumento di emersione sempre accessibile, senza bisogno di sanatorie, che dia la possibilità a chi è già in Italia e rimane senza documenti, di regolarizzare la propria posizione se ha la disponibilità di un lavoro o è radicato nel territorio. E, più a monte, nuovi meccanismi di ingresso per lavoro o ricerca lavoro. Soluzioni, queste, previste nella proposta di legge di iniziativa popolare della campagna Ero straniero, ferma in Commissione affari costituzionali della Camera, la cui approvazione non può più aspettare».

      http://www.vita.it/it/article/2021/06/01/regolarizzazioni-a-roma-2-pratiche-esaminate-su-16mila-domande/159542

  • Littérature numérique – Un site cartographie l’archipel saisissant d’#Italo_Calvino | 24 heures
    https://www.24heures.ch/un-site-cartographie-larchipel-saisissant-ditalo-calvino-168760427968

    Le voyage littéraire dont il est ici question débute en 1943, avec quelques écrits timides qu’on pourrait considérer comme autant de préludes à une première œuvre consistante : « Le Sentier des nids d’araignées ». Le périple se prolonge quarante-deux ans durant et à l’arrivée, 200 textes plus loin, une boucle s’achève avec la dernière signature d’Italo Calvino, posée sur « Un Roi à l’écoute », texte qui charpente une pièce musicale de Luciano Berio. Entre ses deux extrémités, le corpus de l’écrivain italien ressemble à un archipel saisissant où on croise des atolls et des îlots de toutes sortes. Les plus populaires sont connus sous nos latitudes aussi : la trilogie formée par « Le Vicomte pourfendu », « Le Baron perché » et « Le Chevalier inexistant » demeure aujourd’hui encore une borne lumineuse.

    #cartographie #littérature

    • #Atlante_Calvino

      Oggi Italo #Calvino avrebbe quasi cento anni. E di fronte alle profonde trasformazioni a cui la letteratura, la stampa, i mezzi di comunicazione e la ricerca stanno assistendo non sarebbe rimasto chiuso a difendere la cittadella umanistica assediata. Sarebbe uscito a vedere.

      La letteratura come l’ha pensata, praticata e modellata Calvino tra gli anni Quaranta e gli anni Ottanta del secolo scorso aveva soprattutto un fine: quello di tenere la mente aperta. Renderla abbastanza elastica non certo da capire tutta la complessità del mondo, ma almeno da misurarla. E trarne qualche conseguenza: la prima di queste è che abbiamo bisogno di storie, perché la nostra mente non si limiti a riprodurre se stessa, ma attraverso la narrazione si trasformi in un grande laboratorio di possibilità. Aperto al futuro, grazie alla molteplicità di sguardi con cui partecipa alla costruzione del passato.

      Il progetto finanziato dal Fondo Nazionale Svizzero e intitolato Atlante Calvino: letteratura e visualizzazione ha scommesso sulla critica letteraria come esercizio intellettuale di apertura mentale e sperimentazione. Per tre anni (2017-2020) il progetto ha messo in contatto un’équipe letteraria dell’Unité d’italien dell’Université de Genève e il laboratorio di ricerca DensityDesign del Politecnico di Milano, specializzato in progetti di Digital Humanities e Data Visualization, con la collaborazione della casa editrice Mondadori, che detiene i diritti italiani dell’intera opera di Calvino.

      Le due anime del progetto, quella letteraria e quella del design dell’informazione, sono state chiamate a mescolarsi per trovare soluzioni efficaci e innovative intorno al caso esemplare dell’opera di Calvino: l’opportunità di mettere in contatto un oggetto letterario e analisi di sistemi complessi condotta tramite la visualizzazione è l’obiettivo principale di questa ricerca. Nato a Santiago de Las Vegas nel 1923 e morto a Siena nel 1985, Italo Calvino è uno dei più noti e studiati scrittori della letteratura italiana contemporanea. La statura internazionale della sua fama, insieme alla bibliografia critica ormai sterminata che lo riguarda e alla varietà sperimentale delle sue opere, lo rende un modello perfetto per una ricerca fondata sul contributo scientifico che la visualizzazione dei dati può fornire agli studi letterari.

      Il risultato del progetto è la piattaforma web in cui vi trovate, che offre la possibilità di esplorare l’opera narrativa dello scrittore da un nuovo punto di vista: vale a dire attraverso un certo numero di elaborazioni visuali, che corrispondono ad altrettante interrogazioni letterarie rivolte al corpus dei testi calviniani. L’unione tra la figura di un autore fondamentale della letteratura del XX secolo e un metodo di studio innovativo ambisce a offrire un valido esempio di ricerca nel campo delle Digital Humanities di seconda generazione, che contribuisca all’attuale esigenza di rinnovamento delle discipline letterarie. La qualità scientifica del progetto si sforza di combinarsi, in questo senso, con le sue qualità pedagogiche, estetiche e comunicative, al fine di proporre una nuova “narrazione visuale” dell’autore.

      https://atlantecalvino.unige.ch
      #visualisation #infographie

  • Roué de coups à Vintimille, un Guinéen de 23 ans se suicide

    #Musa_Balde, un Guinéen de 23 ans, s’est donné la mort dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche dans un centre de rétention pour étrangers à Turin, en Italie. Le jeune homme, retrouvé pendu, avait été violemment roué de coups par trois Italiens à Vintimille, ces derniers jours. A sa sortie de l’hôpital, il avait été transféré dans le #CRA de Turin où il avait été placé à l’isolement.

    Les associations disent avoir tout fait, en vain, pour venir en aide à Musa Balde, un migrant de 23 ans présent jusqu’à récemment dans la région de Vintimille, en Italie. Ce jeune Guinéen, décrit comme une personne instable et régulièrement ivre dans les rues de Vintimille, s’est donné la mort dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche 23 mai dans l’enceinte du Centre de détention et de rapatriement de Turin (CPR, équivalent des centres de rétention administrative en France, antichambre aux expulsions des étrangers). Musa Balde a été retrouvé pendu à l’aide de ses draps.

    Une « terrible nouvelle » selon plusieurs associations, dont Projetto 20k et l’ONG We World, qui dénoncent la responsabilité de l’Etat italien dans le triste sort de ce migrant « vulnérable psychologiquement » présent depuis quatre ans en Italie et dont la demande d’asile avait été rejetée.

    La situation de Musa Balde, sous le coup d’une procédure d’éloignement du territoire depuis mars, s’était rapidement détériorée ces derniers jours. Le 9 mai dernier, il avait été passé à tabac par trois hommes italiens dans les rues de Vintimille, ville italienne proche de la frontière française. Selon la police, qui a exclu tout motif raciste, l’agression avait fait suite à la tentative du migrant de voler le portable d’un de ces trois hommes dans un supermarché.

    L’homme en question et ses deux acolytes avaient par la suite fondu sur Musa Balde à la sortie du magasin et l’avaient roué de coups à l’aide de barres, de bâtons, de tuyaux en plastique, de leurs poings et de leurs pieds.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/32461/roue-de-coups-a-vintimille-un-guineen-de-23-ans-se-suicide
    #mourir_aux_frontières #frontière_sud-alpine #asile #migrations #réfugiés #mort #suicide #décès #Alpes #Turin #Vintimille #détention_administrative #rétention #Italie #France

    –—

    ajouté au fil de discussion sur les morts à la frontière de Vintimille :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/784767

    lui-même ajouté à la métaliste sur les morts aux frontières alpines :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    • Ventimiglia, migrante preso a sprangate dopo lite in un supermarket: identificati i tre responsabili

      Un migrante è stato assalito e preso a sprangate da tre persone in pieno centro a Ventimiglia, all’angolo tra via Roma e via Ruffini, dietro al Comune e alla caserma della polizia di frontiera. L’uomo è stato soccorso dal personale sanitario del 118 e portato in ospedale a Sanremo: ha riportato diverse lesioni, tra cui un forte trauma facciale. Un video diffuso subito dopo l’aggressione sui social mostra tutta la violenza di quanto successo. La polizia alcune ore dopo ha individuato e denunciato i tre responsabili dell’aggressione.

      https://video.repubblica.it/edizione/genova/ventimiglia-migrante-preso-a-sprangate-dopo-una-lite-in-un-supermarket/386781/387506?video&ref=RHTP-BH-I300221689-P1-S2-T1

    • Il peso dell’indifferenza. La storia di #Moussa_Balde

      Il suo nome è ovunque nelle ultime ore, ma di lui non si sa molto. Di Moussa Balde si conosce l’età, appena 22 anni, il paese d’origine, la Guinea, e si può ipotizzare che fosse giunto in Italia con la speranza di migliorare la propria vita. Era arrivato probabilmente all’inizio 2017 e si era stabilito a Imperia, in Liguria. Lì era stato accolto al Centro di solidarietà l’Ancora, dove gli educatori, che cercano di incentivare lo studio come mezzo di integrazione, lo avevano messo in contatto con il Centro provinciale per l’istruzione degli adulti di Imperia, tramite cui aveva deciso volontariamente di iscriversi a scuola. L’insegnante di italiano ci tiene a raccontare come la sua grafia fosse la più bella mai vista in dieci anni di lavoro, segno del suo impegno e della sua scolarizzazione.

      “Ha sempre dimostrato una grandissima voglia di imparare la lingua, per comunicare con le persone, trovare un lavoro, vivere nella società. Era un pensiero costante, che l’ha spinto a fare tutto nei tempi e nei modi giusti”.

      Aveva probabilmente già studiato in Guinea, e anche in una buona scuola. Con “un’invidiabile capacità di apprendimento”, ha intrapreso un corso di prima alfabetizzazione, poi di scuola media e infine si era iscritto al primo anno di superiori, che non ha mai concluso. Nel 2019 aveva, infatti, deciso di andare in Francia, dove vivevano alcuni amici o parenti, come lui francofoni. Dopo qualche mese all’estero, era stato però fermato e rispedito nel comune ligure. Spostatosi a Ventimiglia, dimorava ormai per strada e si sostentava chiedendo l’elemosina e rivolgendosi ai servizi della Caritas diocesana. “Più volte è venuto da noi per chiedere del cibo – racconta Christian Papini, responsabile regionale – ma è tutto quello che abbiamo potuto fare per lui. Non possiamo aiutarli, accoglierli, nemmeno dargli da dormire, hanno solo diritto all’urgenza.”

      Le associazioni del territorio non conoscono davvero la sua storia. Maura Orengo, referente a Imperia di Libera – rete di associazioni che lavora per la tutela dei diritti e la giustizia sociale – spiega che “il ragazzo aveva il foglio di via, quindi era già in situazione di clandestinità e non si poteva rivolgere alle associazioni, che richiedono nome e generalità.” Senza passato e senza futuro, Moussa occupava i margini della società, delle vie e dei supermercati dove faceva l’elemosina.

      Proprio in quella circostanza, il 9 maggio, era stato aggredito da alcuni cittadini di Ventimiglia, che lo avevano violentemente percosso con dei tubi. Alla denuncia, però, non è stata aggiunta l’aggravante razziale. I tre lo avevano accusato di tentato furto di un cellulare, ma a Moussa non era stata data la possibilità di replicare. Condotto all’ospedale di Bordighera per trauma facciale e lesioni, veniva dimesso il giorno successivo con una prognosi di dieci giorni e immediatamente trasportato al Centro di permanenza per il rimpatrio di Torino. Il ragazzo era infatti irregolare sul territorio italiano, anche se, tempo prima, aveva fatto domanda di asilo politico: “Sembra ci sia stato un problema nel momento in cui doveva presentarsi davanti alla commissione, per spiegare i motivi per cui richiedeva l’asilo. – dice il suo avvocato, Gianluca Vitali -. Era andato una prima volta ma, come spesso succede, solo un membro della commissione era disponibile a sentirlo. Lui ha quindi chiesto il rinvio, per essere ascoltato dall’intera composizione collegiale. Poi però ci sono stati dei problemi, non aveva più un posto dove stare e non era c’erano centri di accoglienza per ospitarlo. Probabilmente, quindi, era stato convocato ma è risultato irreperibile”. Così, senza conoscere la sua storia e senza aver ascoltato le ragioni che lo avevano spinto ad arrivare nel paese, la commissione aveva deciso per il rimpatrio. Ma a Moussa, che non frequentava più nessuna associazione ed era praticamente un fantasma, la comunicazione ufficiale è giunta una volta arrivato al Cpr. “Il passaggio dall’ospedale a Torino è avvenuto in brevissimo tempo, – dice Orengo – non c’è stato nemmeno il tempo di avvicinarlo subito dopo l’aggressione. Noi di Libera ci chiedevamo se avremmo potuto fare di più; avrei potuto segnalare a Torino la difficile situazione in cui questo ragazzo versava, ma non sapevo nemmeno che fosse lì.”

      Dopo due settimane di isolamento, con la prospettiva di un prossimo rimpatrio, Moussa Balde si toglie la vita. Altri ragazzi, come lui reclusi all’interno del centro, alla notizia della morte hanno iniziato uno sciopero della fame e innescato diversi incendi nella struttura, per protestare contro le condizioni cui sono costretti.

      Gli ultimi giorni

      Emarginato, picchiato, isolato e respinto ancora una volta, il ragazzo era visibilmente provato. L’avvocato, che aveva conosciuto la sua storia leggendo la notizia dell’aggressione, scopre tramite una faticosa ricerca che la sua destinazione è il Cpr di Torino e lo raggiunge. Sin da subito non ha dubbi che gli addetti del centro fossero consapevoli delle sue difficoltà.

      “Che ci fossero problemi di comportamento, di depressione, di tono dell’umore, quindi qualche problema psichico, – dice Vitali – credo fosse evidente a tutti. La prima volta che sono andato a trovarlo ho fatto il suo nome a un poliziotto e ho chiesto di vederlo. Quello mi ha subito risposto che il ragazzo aveva dei problemi e che non era detto che avrebbe accettato il colloquio.”

      Nonostante le difficoltà, nessuno psicologo è mai andato a fargli visita, ma piuttosto, dopo qualche giorno, Moussa viene spostato nel cosiddetto “ospedaletto” del Cpr, una zona separata dal resto del centro. “Al suo arrivo non era sicuramente in isolamento, e questo conferma che la misura non è stata presa per motivi di sicurezza legati al Covid. Dovrebbe trattarsi di un isolamento sanitario, per tenere l’individuo sotto osservazione o separarlo dagli altri nel caso in cui questo si riveli contagioso. Il problema è che l’isolamento normativamente non esiste. È un’invenzione di alcuni centri. Si sostiene poi che il migrante possa chiedere di essere messo in isolamento, ma tenderei ad escludere che lui possa averlo fatto.”

      Da giorni l’avvocato di Moussa aveva avviato un procedimento per richiedere l’annullamento del rimpatrio, facendo leva sul fatto che il ragazzo fosse la parte lesa di un procedimento penale, quello contro i suoi tre aggressori.

      “Stavamo tentando di fare qualcosa, ma il processo è ovviamente lungo e macchinoso. Tutto il sistema è costruito in modo che il migrante clandestino sia il soggetto meno difendibile al mondo”.

      “Stavo già preparando un ricorso al giudice di pace di Imperia, per chiedere di sentire Moussa come persona offesa ed eventualmente di disporre il rilascio di un permesso per motivi di giustizia, in attesa del procedimento. Tutti tentativi che avrei continuato a fare, ma non c’è stato più tempo.” L’unica cosa che può fare, adesso, è accompagnare i genitori nel lungo procedimento che hanno deciso di intraprendere, per capire cosa sia davvero successo a Imperia e Torino. La salma del ragazzo, intanto, viene preparata per tornare da loro in Guinea.
      Strutture inesistenti

      Arrivato in Italia con speranza, Moussa si è scontrato con alcune delle storture del paese, che la sua morte ha contribuito a mettere ancora una volta in luce. Chi giunge a Ventimiglia non trova, innanzitutto, adeguata assistenza. Le strutture di accoglienza sono poche ed esclusivamente in mano ad associazioni del territorio. E la situazione si complica ulteriormente per i migranti in transito verso la frontiera francese. Da quando lo scorso luglio è stato chiuso il capannone della Croce Rossa, non c’è alcuna struttura che accoglie per la notte le persone in cammino, stremate anche da anni di viaggio.

      Le associazioni che lavorano sul territorio le assistono come possono, ma non sono sufficienti. E quando arriva l’estate – lo sa bene Christian Papini, che se ne occupa da anni – i flussi si moltiplicano e la situazione diventa ancora più ingestibile. “I numeri stanno aumentando in modo importante: da settembre a fine aprile, soltanto dalla Caritas sono passate più di 10mila persone. La scorsa settimana siamo arrivati a 220 persone in una mattina e siamo solo all’inizio, perché la rotta balcanica non è ancora completamente aperta.” E senza un’assistenza sufficiente, gli esiti possono facilmente diventare tragici. Lo testimonia la serie di eventi che riporta ciclicamente Ventimiglia sulle prime pagine, che dal 2015 ha visto la morte di migranti in autostrade, treni o nel passo della morte.

      Per questo Papini parla di “cronaca di una morte annunciata”. Che un campo riapra, però, è quasi una certezza: “Storicamente i campi di transito vengono aperti quando c’è una grossa emergenza, quindi di solito si aspetta che succeda il casino. Quando si rendono conto che le persone non si possono fermare, allora si apre un campo. Almeno chi arriva ha un posto dove può mangiare, lavarsi e poi trovare passaggio per la frontiera; diventa tutto un po’ più semplice.” Ma quando qualcosa si fa, il peso è sempre sulle spalle del terzo settore e dei volontari. Come quelle di Don Rito Alvarez, da anni parroco a Ventimiglia, che nel 2016 insieme alle associazioni del territorio aveva creato il progetto del Confine solidale: “In un periodo di necessità abbiamo aperto la chiesa e fatto un’accoglienza straordinaria. Ci siamo messi in prima linea e in uno spazio non molto grande abbiamo dato da mangiare anche a mille persone al giorno. Le autorità del territorio pensavano non fossimo capaci di gestire la situazione: siamo riusciti talmente bene che alla fine ci hanno spinti a continuare. Adesso non c’è nulla, la situazione è molto triste. Si va avanti cercando di sistemare tutto con palliativi, ma quello che servirebbe è un centro per l’integrazione e per l’accoglienza che sia all’altezza delle necessità. Bisogna essere lungimiranti e coinvolgere anche il governo centrale, altrimenti tra cinque anni siamo di nuovo qui a dirci le stesse cose”.
      Centri di reclusione

      Dalle strade inospitali di Ventimiglia, Moussa è stato spostato poi tra le mura dell’ospedaletto del Cpr di Torino, che il report 2021 del garante nazionale Mauro Palma descrive come: “privo di ambienti comuni: le sistemazioni individuali sono caratterizzate da un piccolo spazio esterno antistante la stanza, coperto da una rete che acuisce il senso di segregazione. Tale area è normalmente utilizzata per ospitare persone da separare dal resto della popolazione trattenuta, per motivi di salute o di incompatibilità ambientale”.

      Le indagini sul centro hanno inoltre rivelato che l’alta concentrazione di soggetti stranieri tossicodipendenti, con problemi psichici o comunque colpiti da forme di disagio sociale, non corrisponde ad un sufficiente coinvolgimento dei servizi sanitari locali. Una mancanza di raccordo con le altre strutture del territorio fa sì, inoltre, che il personale sanitario del centro rimanga completamente all’oscuro delle vicende cliniche delle persone trattenute. Queste possono poi rivolgersi direttamente agli operatori in caso di necessità, ma devono “attendere il passaggio di un operatore, nella speranza di ottenere la sua attenzione ed esprimere da dietro le sbarre del settore detentivo la propria istanza. Il Garante nazionale esprime il proprio fermo disappunto rispetto a una tale impostazione organizzativa, la quale, […] determina un contesto disumanizzante dove l’accesso ai diritti di cui le persone trattenute sono titolari passa attraverso la demarcazione fisica della relazione di potere tra il personale e lo straniero ristretto che versa in una situazione di inferiorità.” Il fatto che si tratti di una struttura chiusa, poi, com’erano i manicomi, fa già capire che “certe cose non le si vogliono far vedere. – dice Papini – Penso che se questo ragazzo avesse ricevuto supporto psicologico, forse, non si sarebbe suicidato, anche perché aveva già rischiato la vita per venire in Italia. E, dopo un’esistenza di stenti, si ritrova in un Cpr, dove gli comunicano che rimarrà rinchiuso fino al giorno del rimpatrio: c’è chiaramente un elevato rischio di suicidio. Si tratta di una delle tante vittime senza nome, di cui non frega niente a nessuno. Infatti lui è finito al Cpr, gli altri sono ancora per strada.”

      Di Moussa, che era in Italia da oltre quattro anni, si sa ancora troppo poco. È una delle tante storie che risvegliano le coscienze per un giorno, poi si torna a dormire.

      https://futura.news/il-peso-dellindifferenza-la-storia-di-moussa-balde

  • Débarquement en Sicile de 415 migrants secourus au large de la Libye par le Sea-Eye 4 - InfoMigrants
    https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/32413/debarquement-en-sicile-de-415-migrants-secourus-au-large-de-la-libye-p

    Les 415 naufragés à bord du Sea-Eye 4 sont arrivés vendredi matin à Pozzallo, en Sicile. Le Sea-Eye 4 est arrivé vendredi matin au port sicilien de Pozzallo pour y débarquer les 415 migrants secourus quelques jours plus tôt en mer Méditerranée. Plus aucun navire humanitaire ne sillonne la zone de recherche et de sauvetage, au large de la Libye.Après plusieurs jours de navigation, le Sea-Eye 4 de l’ONG allemande éponyme a accosté vendredi 21 mai au port de Pozzallo, en Sicile. Les 415 naufragés, dont 150 enfants, à bord du navire humanitaire devraient débarquer dans la journée sur le sol italien après avoir effectué des tests nasaux pour détecter d’éventuelles contaminations au Covid-19.Les premiers examens ont débuté vendredi matin. Selon Jan Ribbeck, le directeur des opérations de Sea-Eye, « un bébé de huit mois et d’autres tout-petits hurlent » à cause des écouvillons nasaux. Des « remarques racistes » auraient également été proférées à l’encontre des exilés.
    Le Sea-Eye 4 a été informé mercredi soir par l’Italie qu’il pourrait accoster à Pozzallo, sur la côte sud-est de la Sicile, alors qu’il se trouvait au large de Palerme, au nord-ouest de l’île. Si l’équipage s’est félicité de cette décision, après avoir essuyé un refus de Malte, il a déploré d’avoir à reprendre la mer en direction de Pozzallo. « Le Sea-Eye 4 s’est enfin vu attribuer un havre de paix ! Mais pourquoi Pozzallo ? Comment avez-vous eu l’idée d’envoyer un navire de sauvetage avec des centaines de personnes épuisées et 150 enfants pour un voyage en mer de deux jours, alors qu’il était déjà devant un port sûr ? », s’est interrogée l’ONG sur son compte Twitter.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#italie#sicile#sante#malte#depistage#humanitaire

  • Venise mise sur le « green pass » italien pour lancer sa saison touristique estivale
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/05/19/venise-mise-sur-le-green-pass-italien-pour-lancer-sa-saison-touristique-esti

    Venise mise sur le « green pass » italien pour lancer sa saison touristique estivaleLe gouvernement de Mario Draghi a voulu anticiper la création d’un certificat européen afin d’attirer les visiteurs, après des mois catastrophiques, en particulier pour la cité des Doges. Depuis quelques jours, on recommence à entendre, de loin en loin, dans les rues de Venise, le ronronnement de valises à roulettes venant briser le silence absolu et signaler à tous que le temps des restrictions tire à sa fin. Mais ce bruit pénible est encore si rare qu’on le remarque, là où il était d’ordinaire, dix mois par an, le fond sonore permanent des petits matins du centre-ville.
    Les personnes arrivant en Italie n’ont, depuis le 17 mai, plus besoin d’effectuer une quarantaine de cinq jours. Dans l’attente du dispositif européen toujours en négociation à Bruxelles, les voyageurs doivent être munis d’un « green pass », leur permettant d’entrer sans restrictions sur le territoire. Celui-ci est constitué d’un certificat de vaccination ou d’un certificat de guérison, mais un test (antigénique ou PCR) peut toujours faire l’affaire. Tandis que la campagne de vaccination bat son plein en Europe, et en prévision de l’été, plusieurs régions touristiques, comme la Ligurie et la Vénétie, ont fait savoir qu’elles réfléchissaient à un système permettant la vaccination (ou l’administration des secondes doses) pour les visiteurs.
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    Pour le gouvernement dirigé par Mario Draghi, il s’agit donc à la fois de formaliser la réouverture du pays, alors que les dernières restrictions prendront fin durant le courant du mois de juin – le couvre-feu, repoussé à 23 heures, doit disparaître totalement le 1er juin, et les mariages pourront se dérouler à partir du 15 sans limitation du nombre de convives –, et d’éviter de se faire dépasser par la concurrence des autres destinations touristiques d’Europe du Sud, en particulier la Grèce et le Portugal.
    Depuis l’irruption de l’épidémie de Covid-19, en février 2020, Venise, comme tous les hauts lieux du tourisme italien, vit au ralenti, privée du flot de touristes qui constituait jusque-là son ordinaire. Au début, ce temps de latence a été accueilli avec un certain soulagement par les habitants du centre, fatigués des nuisances infinies qu’engendre le tourisme de masse. Mais nul n’ignore, désormais, que la ville ne peut demeurer indéfiniment en sommeil.(...) Aussi, c’est avec une certaine impatience qu’ont été accueillies, ici, les dernières déclarations de M. Draghi. Le 4 mai, à l’occasion d’une réunion du G20 consacrée au tourisme, le président du conseil avait annoncé une réouverture prochaine du pays : « C’est le moment de réserver vos vacances en Italie », avait-il résumé, dans une invitation pressante, alors que les chiffres de l’épidémie traduisent une amélioration rapide de la situation (6 613 contaminations par jour détectées en moyenne durant la semaine écoulée, un taux de positivité aux tests descendant sous les 3 % et une décrue générale sur le front hospitalier). A l’échelle de l’Italie, la réouverture des frontières et la reprise de l’activité touristique (le secteur représente 13 % du produit intérieur brut) sont très attendues. Mais, vues de Venise, où l’aéroport est toujours à l’arrêt ou presque, ces initiatives sont de portée plus symbolique qu’autre chose. Car la mise en place du « green pass », qu’il soit italien ou européen, ne va pas lever toutes les hypothèques. « Si on regarde les chiffres, explique M. Vernier, on voit que l’année est déjà perdue pour nous. En effet, ici, les visiteurs extracommunautaires représentent environ 70 % de notre chiffre d’affaires, et un tiers de nos revenus provient des seuls Chinois, qui ne reviendront pas avant la fin de l’année, dans le meilleur des cas. » L’ouverture de la Biennale d’architecture, le 22 mai, est donc plus vue comme une occasion de « limiter la casse », en faisant savoir que visiter Venise dans des conditions pareilles, presque encore déserte, cela n’arrive qu’une fois dans une vie.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#italie#UE#sante#tourisme#frontieretauxpositivite#test#passeportvaccinal#certificateuropeen

  • Push back of responsibility: Human Rights Violations as a Welcome Treatment at Europe’s Borders

    In a new report, DRC in partnership with six civil society organisations across six countries, have collected records of thousands of illegal pushbacks of migrants and refugees trying to cross Europe’s borders. Testimonies also reveal unofficial cooperation between authorities in different countries to transfer vulnerable people across borders to avoid responsibility.

    During only three months, authorities illegally prevented 2,162 men, women and children from seeking protection. The instances of illegal pushbacks were recorded from January to April 2021 at different border crossings in Italy, Greece, Serbia, Bosnia-and-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, and Hungary. More than a third of the documented pushbacks involved rights violations such as denial of access to asylum procedure, physical abuse and assault, theft, extortion and destruction of property, at the hands of national border police and law enforcement officials.

    Further, the report (https://drc.ngo/media/mnglzsro/prab-report-january-may-2021-_final_10052021.pdf) documents 176 cases of so-called “chain-pushbacks” where refugees and migrants were forcefully sent across multiple borders via informal cooperation between states to circumvent their responsibility and push unwanted groups outside of the EU. This could be from Italy or Austria through countries like Slovenia and Croatia to a third country such as Bosnia-and- Herzegovina.

    https://drc.ngo/about-us/for-the-media/press-releases/2021/5/prab-2-en
    #droits_humains #asile #migrations #réfugiés #responsabilité #frontières #push-backs #refoulements #rapport #DRC #statistiques #chiffres #2021 #Balkans #route_des_Balkans #frontière_sud-alpine #Italie #France #refoulements_en_chaîne

    Pour télécharger le rapport:
    https://drc.ngo/media/mnglzsro/prab-report-january-may-2021-_final_10052021.pdf

  • Revealed: 2,000 refugee deaths linked to illegal EU pushbacks

    A Guardian analysis finds EU countries used brutal tactics to stop nearly 40,000 asylum seekers crossing borders

    EU member states have used illegal operations to push back at least 40,000 asylum seekers from Europe’s borders during the pandemic, methods being linked to the death of more than 2,000 people, the Guardian can reveal.

    In one of the biggest mass expulsions in decades, European countries, supported by EU’s border agency #Frontex, has systematically pushed back refugees, including children fleeing from wars, in their thousands, using illegal tactics ranging from assault to brutality during detention or transportation.

    The Guardian’s analysis is based on reports released by UN agencies, combined with a database of incidents collected by non-governmental organisations. According to charities, with the onset of Covid-19, the regularity and brutality of pushback practices has grown.

    “Recent reports suggest an increase of deaths of migrants attempting to reach Europe and, at the same time, an increase of the collaboration between EU countries with non-EU countries such as Libya, which has led to the failure of several rescue operations,’’ said one of Italy’s leading human rights and immigration experts, Fulvio Vassallo Paleologo, professor of asylum law at the University of Palermo. ‘’In this context, deaths at sea since the beginning of the pandemic are directly or indirectly linked to the EU approach aimed at closing all doors to Europe and the increasing externalisation of migration control to countries such as Libya.’’

    The findings come as the EU’s anti-fraud watchdog, Olaf, has launched an investigation into Frontex (https://www.euronews.com/2021/01/20/eu-migration-chief-urges-frontex-to-clarify-pushback-allegations) over allegations of harassment, misconduct and unlawful operations aimed at stopping asylum seekers from reaching EU shores.

    According to the International Organization for Migration (https://migration.iom.int/europe?type=arrivals), in 2020 almost 100,000 immigrants arrived in Europe by sea and by land compared with nearly 130,000 in 2019 and 190,000 in 2017.

    Since January 2020, despite the drop in numbers, Italy, Malta, Greece, Croatia and Spain have accelerated their hardline migration agenda. Since the introduction of partial or complete border closures to halt the outbreak of coronavirus, these countries have paid non-EU states and enlisted private vessels to intercept boats in distress at sea and push back passengers into detention centres. There have been repeated reports of people being beaten, robbed, stripped naked at frontiers or left at sea.

    In 2020 Croatia, whose police patrol the EU’s longest external border, have intensified systemic violence and pushbacks of migrants to Bosnia. The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) recorded nearly 18,000 migrants pushed back by Croatia since the start of the pandemic. Over the last year and a half, the Guardian has collected testimonies of migrants who have allegedly been whipped, robbed, sexually abused and stripped naked (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/oct/21/croatian-police-accused-of-sickening-assaults-on-migrants-on-balkans-tr) by members of the Croatian police. Some migrants said they were spray-painted with red crosses on their heads by officers who said the treatment was the “cure against coronavirus” (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/28/they-made-crosses-on-our-heads-refugees-report-abuse-by-croatian-police).

    According to an annual report released on Tuesday by the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) (https://www.borderviolence.eu/annual-torture-report-2020), a coalition of 13 NGOs documenting illegal pushbacks in the western Balkans, abuse and disproportionate force was present in nearly 90% of testimonies in 2020 collected from Croatia, a 10% increase on 2019.

    In April, the Guardian revealed how a woman from Afghanistan was allegedly sexually abused (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/apr/07/croatian-border-police-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-afghan-migrant) and held at knifepoint by a Croatian border police officer during a search of migrants on the border with Bosnia.

    “Despite the European Commission’s engagement with Croatian authorities in recent months, we have seen virtually no progress, neither on investigations of the actual reports, nor on the development of independent border monitoring mechanisms,” said Nicola Bay, DRC country director for Bosnia. “Every single pushback represents a violation of international and EU law – whether it involves violence or not.”

    Since January 2020, Greece has pushed back about 6,230 asylum seekers from its shores, according to data from BVMN. The report stated that in 89% of the pushbacks, “BVMN has observed the disproportionate and excessive use of force. This alarming number shows that the use of force in an abusive, and therefore illicit, way has become a normality […]

    “Extremely cruel examples of police violence documented in 2020 included prolonged excessive beatings (often on naked bodies), water immersion, the physical abuse of women and children, the use of metal rods to inflict injury.”

    In testimonies, people described how their hands were tied to the bars of cells and helmets put on their heads before beatings to avoid visible bruising.

    A lawsuit filed against the Greek state in April at the European court of human rights (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/26/greece-accused-of-shocking-pushback-against-refugees-at-sea) accused Athens of abandoning dozens of migrants in life rafts at sea, after some had been beaten. The case claims that Greek patrol boats towed migrants back to Turkish waters and abandoned them at sea without food, water, lifejackets or any means to call for help.

    BVMN said: “Whether it be using the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown to serve as a cover for pushbacks, fashioning open-air prisons, or preventing boats from entering Greek waters by firing warning shots toward boats, the evidence indicates the persistent refusal to uphold democratic values, human rights and international and European law.”

    According to UNHCR data, since the start of the pandemic, Libyan authorities – with Italian support since 2017, when Rome ceded responsibility (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/23/mother-and-child-drown-after-being-abandoned-off-libya-says-ngo) for overseeing Mediterranean rescue operations to Libya – intercepted and pushed back to Tripoli about 15,500 asylum seekers. The controversial strategy has caused the forced return of thousands to Libyan detention centres where, according to first hand reports, they face torture. Hundreds have drowned when neither Libya nor Italy intervened.

    “In 2020 this practice continued, with an increasingly important role being played by Frontex planes, sighting boats at sea and communicating their position to the Libyan coastguard,” said Matteo de Bellis, migration researcher at Amnesty International. “So, while Italy at some point even used the pandemic as an excuse to declare that its ports were not safe for the disembarkation of people rescued at sea, it had no problem with the Libyan coastguard returning people to Tripoli. Even when this was under shelling or when hundreds were forcibly disappeared immediately after disembarkation.”

    In April, Italy and Libya were accused of deliberately ignoring a mayday call (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/apr/25/a-mayday-call-a-dash-across-the-ocean-and-130-souls-lost-at-sea) from a migrant boat in distress in Libyan waters, as waves reached six metres. A few hours later, an NGO rescue boat discovered dozens of bodies (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/apr/25/a-mayday-call-a-dash-across-the-ocean-and-130-souls-lost-at-sea) floating in the waves. That day 130 migrants were lost at sea.

    In April, in a joint investigation with the Italian Rai News and the newspaper Domani, the Guardian saw documents from Italian prosecutors detailing conversations between two commanders of the Libyan coastguard and an Italian coastguard officer in Rome. The transcripts appeared to expose the non-responsive behaviour (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/16/wiretaps-migrant-boats-italy-libya-coastguard-mediterranean) of the Libyan officers and their struggling to answer the distress calls which resulted in hundreds of deaths. At least five NGO boats remain blocked in Italian ports as authorities claim administrative reasons for holding them.

    “Push- and pull-back operations have become routine, as have forms of maritime abandonment where hundreds were left to drown,’’ said a spokesperson at Alarm Phone, a hotline service for migrants in distress at sea. ‘’We have documented so many shipwrecks that were never officially accounted for, and so we know that the real death toll is much higher. In many of the cases, European coastguards have refused to respond – they rather chose to let people drown or to intercept them back to the place they had risked their lives to escape from. Even if all European authorities try to reject responsibility, we know that the mass dying is a direct result of both their actions and inactions. These deaths are on Europe.’’

    Malta, which declared its ports closed early last year, citing the pandemic, has continued to push back hundreds of migrants using two strategies: enlisting private vessels to intercept asylum seekers and force them back to Libya or turning them away with directions to Italy (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/20/we-give-you-30-minutes-malta-turns-migrant-boat-away-with-directions-to).

    “Between 2014 and 2017, Malta was able to count on Italy to take responsibility for coordinating rescues and allowing disembarkations,” said De Bellis. “But when Italy and the EU withdrew their ships from the central Mediterranean, to leave it in Libya’s hands, they left Malta more exposed. In response, from early 2020 the Maltese government used tactics to avoid assisting refugees and migrants in danger at sea, including arranging unlawful pushbacks to Libya by private fishing boats, diverting boats rather than rescuing them, illegally detaining hundreds of people on ill-equipped ferries off Malta’s waters, and signing a new agreement with Libya to prevent people from reaching Malta.”

    Last May, a series of voice messages obtained by the Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/19/exclusive-12-die-as-malta-uses-private-ships-to-push-migrants-back-to-l) confirmed the Maltese government’s strategy to use private vessels, acting at the behest of its armed forces, to intercept crossings and return refugees to Libyan detention centres.

    In February 2020, the European court of human rights was accused of “completely ignoring the reality” after it ruled Spain did not violate the prohibition of collective expulsion (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/13/european-court-under-fire-backing-spain-express-deportations), as asylum applications could be made at the official border crossing point. Relying on this judgment, Spain’s constitutional court upheld “border rejections” provided certain safeguards apply.

    Last week, the bodies of 24 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were found by Spain’s maritime rescue (https://apnews.com/article/atlantic-ocean-canary-islands-coronavirus-pandemic-africa-migration-5ab68371. They are believed to have died of dehydration while attempting to reach the Canary Islands. In 2020, according to the UNHCR, 788 migrants died trying to reach Spain (https://data2.unhcr.org/en/country/esp).

    Frontex said they couldn’t comment on the total figures without knowing the details of each case, but said various authorities took action to respond to the dinghy that sunk off the coast of Libya (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/apr/25/a-mayday-call-a-dash-across-the-ocean-and-130-souls-lost-at-sea) in April, resulting in the deaths of 130 people.

    “The Italian rescue centre asked Frontex to fly over the area. It’s easy to forget, but the central Mediterranean is massive and it’s not easy or fast to get from one place to another, especially in poor weather. After reaching the area where the boat was suspected to be, they located it after some time and alerted all of the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centres (MRCCs) in the area. They also issued a mayday call to all boats in the area (Ocean Viking was too far away to receive it).”

    He said the Italian MRCC, asked by the Libyan MRCC, dispatched three merchant vessels in the area to assist. Poor weather made this difficult. “In the meantime, the Frontex plane was running out of fuel and had to return to base. Another plane took off the next morning when the weather allowed, again with the same worries about the safety of the crew.

    “All authorities, certainly Frontex, did all that was humanly possible under the circumstances.”

    He added that, according to media reports, there was a Libyan coast guard vessel in the area, but it was engaged in another rescue operation.

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/may/05/revealed-2000-refugee-deaths-linked-to-eu-pushbacks

    #push-backs #refoulements #push-back #mourir_aux_frontières #morts_aux_frontières #décès #morts #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #responsabilité #Croatie #viols #Grèce #Italie #Libye

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  • Plus de 1 400 migrants sont arrivés ce week-end sur l’île italienne de Lampedusa
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/05/10/plus-de-1-400-migrants-sont-arrives-ce-week-end-sur-l-ile-italienne-de-lampe

    Plus de 1 400 migrants sont arrivés ce week-end sur l’île italienne de Lampedusa. Ces débarquements ont été dénoncés par Matteo Salvini, le chef de la Ligue. Une ONG a averti que des centaines d’autres personnes étaient en difficulté dans les eaux maltaises.
    Plus de 1 400 migrants sont arrivés samedi 8 et dimanche 9 mai à bord d’une quinzaine de bateaux sur la petite île de Lampedusa, dans le sud de l’Italie, ont rapporté les médias. Près de 400 migrants de différentes nationalités, dont vingt-quatre femmes et des enfants, se trouvaient à bord d’un navire qui a été intercepté au large de Lampedusa, ont souligné les agences de presse italiennes. Un autre bateau de 20 mètres de long transportant 325 personnes a été intercepté à quelque 13 km des côtes de cette île, tandis que des centaines d’autres migrants sont arrivés à bord d’embarcations plus petites. Ces débarquements ont été dénoncés par Matteo Salvini, le chef de la Ligue (parti d’extrême droite), qui doit être jugé pour avoir bloqué des migrants en mer en 2019 quand il était ministre de l’intérieur. « Avec des millions d’Italiens en difficulté, nous ne pouvons pas penser à des milliers d’immigrants illégaux », a-t-il déclaré, exigeant une rencontre avec le premier ministre Mario Draghi.
    L’organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) Alarm Phone, qui gère une ligne téléphonique d’urgence pour aller au secours des migrants, a lancé un appel à l’aide pour recueillir les passagers de cinq bateaux transportant plus de 400 personnes au large de Malte. « La situation à bord est critique. (…) Un sauvetage est nécessaire maintenant ! », a alerté cette organisation.
    Lire aussi « Je brûle ou je me fais brûler » : Adem, 25 ans et déjà quatre tentatives de quitter la Tunisie. Les autorités judiciaires siciliennes ont entre-temps reconduit ce week-end une mesure d’interdiction de toute intervention en mer du navire de sauvetage Sea-Watch 4 d’une ONG allemande, qui avait dû le garder à l’ancre au port de Palerme, en Sicile, pendant six mois, jusqu’en mars, à l’issue d’une inspection ayant permis de trouver trop de gilets de sauvetage à son bord par rapport à sa taille.
    Les membres de l’ONG estiment que l’inspection était pour les autorités une manière détournée de bloquer le bâtiment et de l’empêcher de porter secours en mer aux migrants. « Nous espérons que les autorités ne nous empêcheront pas de nous rendre en Méditerranée centrale avec les mêmes accusations absurdes auxquelles nous sommes habitués », a tweeté vendredi Sea-Watch Italy au retour de sa dernière mission.Un autre navire, Sea-Watch 3, avait été bloqué en mars par les garde-côtes au port sicilien d’Augusta, sous prétexte, une nouvelle fois, de problèmes de sécurité.
    Malgré la crise sanitaire liée à la pandémie de Covid-19, le mouvement de migration clandestine à partir des pays du Maghreb, notamment de la Tunisie et de la Libye, vers l’Europe s’est poursuivi, notamment à destination de l’Italie, où les migrants espèrent trouver travail et perspectives. Quelque 530 000 migrants ont atteint les côtes italiennes depuis le début de l’année 2015, selon l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM), une organisation intergouvernementale ayant son siège à Genève. Entre le 1er janvier et le 21 avril 2021, 8 604 personnes sont arrivées en Italie et 65 à Malte, tandis que 359 ont péri en route, selon l’OIM.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#italie#tunisie#libye#afrique#sante#pandemie#migrationclndestine#UE

  • Friends of the Traffickers Italy’s Anti-Mafia Directorate and the “Dirty Campaign” to Criminalize Migration

    Afana Dieudonne often says that he is not a superhero. That’s Dieudonne’s way of saying he’s done things he’s not proud of — just like anyone in his situation would, he says, in order to survive. From his home in Cameroon to Tunisia by air, then by car and foot into the desert, across the border into Libya, and onto a rubber boat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Dieudonne has done a lot of surviving.

    In Libya, Dieudonne remembers when the smugglers managing the safe house would ask him for favors. Dieudonne spoke a little English and didn’t want trouble. He said the smugglers were often high and always armed. Sometimes, when asked, Dieudonne would distribute food and water among the other migrants. Other times, he would inform on those who didn’t follow orders. He remembers the traffickers forcing him to inflict violence on his peers. It was either them or him, he reasoned.

    On September 30, 2014, the smugglers pushed Dieudonne and 91 others out to sea aboard a rubber boat. Buzzing through the pitch-black night, the group watched lights on the Libyan coast fade into darkness. After a day at sea, the overcrowded dinghy began taking on water. Its passengers were rescued by an NGO vessel and transferred to an Italian coast guard ship, where officers picked Dieudonne out of a crowd and led him into a room for questioning.

    At first, Dieudonne remembers the questioning to be quick, almost routine. His name, his age, his nationality. And then the questions turned: The officers said they wanted to know how the trafficking worked in Libya so they could arrest the people involved. They wanted to know who had driven the rubber boat and who had held the navigation compass.

    “So I explained everything to them, and I also showed who the ‘captain’ was — captain in quotes, because there is no captain,” said Dieudonne. The real traffickers stay in Libya, he added. “Even those who find themselves to be captains, they don’t do it by choice.”

    For the smugglers, Dieudonne explained, “we are the customers, and we are the goods.”

    For years, efforts by the Italian government and the European Union to address migration in the central Mediterranean have focused on the people in Libya — interchangeably called facilitators, smugglers, traffickers, or militia members, depending on which agency you’re speaking to — whose livelihoods come from helping others cross irregularly into Europe. People pay them a fare to organize a journey so dangerous it has taken tens of thousands of lives.

    The European effort to dismantle these smuggling networks has been driven by an unlikely actor: the Italian anti-mafia and anti-terrorism directorate, a niche police office in Rome that gained respect in the 1990s and early 2000s for dismantling large parts of the Mafia in Sicily and elsewhere in Italy. According to previously unpublished internal documents, the office — called the Direzione nazionale antimafia e antiterrorismo, or DNAA, in Italian — took a front-and-center role in the management of Europe’s southern sea borders, in direct coordination with the EU border agency Frontex and European military missions operating off the Libyan coast.

    In 2013, under the leadership of a longtime anti-mafia prosecutor named Franco Roberti, the directorate pioneered a strategy that was unique — or at least new for the border officers involved. They would start handling irregular migration to Europe like they had handled the mob. The approach would allow Italian and European police, coast guard agencies, and navies, obliged by international law to rescue stranded refugees at sea, to at least get some arrests and convictions along the way.

    The idea was to arrest low-level operators and use coercion and plea deals to get them to flip on their superiors. That way, the reasoning went, police investigators could work their way up the food chain and eventually dismantle the smuggling rings in Libya. With every boat that disembarked in Italy, police would make a handful of arrests. Anybody found to have played an active role during the crossing, from piloting to holding a compass to distributing water or bailing out a leak, could be arrested under a new legal directive written by Roberti’s anti-mafia directorate. Charges ranged from simple smuggling to transnational criminal conspiracy and — if people asphyxiated below deck or drowned when a boat capsized — even murder. Judicial sources estimate the number of people arrested since 2013 to be in the thousands.

    For the police, prosecutors, and politicians involved, the arrests were an important domestic political win. At the time, public opinion in Italy was turning against migration, and the mugshots of alleged smugglers regularly held space on front pages throughout the country.

    But according to the minutes of closed-door conversations among some of the very same actors directing these cases, which were obtained by The Intercept under Italy’s freedom of information law, most anti-mafia prosecutions only focused on low-level boat drivers, often migrants who had themselves paid for the trip across. Few, if any, smuggling bosses were ever convicted. Documents of over a dozen trials reviewed by The Intercept show prosecutions built on hasty investigations and coercive interrogations.

    In the years that followed, the anti-mafia directorate went to great lengths to keep the arrests coming. According to the internal documents, the office coordinated a series of criminal investigations into the civilian rescue NGOs working to save lives in the Mediterranean, accusing them of hampering police work. It also oversaw efforts to create and train a new coast guard in Libya, with full knowledge that some coast guard officers were colluding with the same smuggling networks that Italian and European leaders were supposed to be fighting.

    Since its inception, the anti-mafia directorate has wielded unparalleled investigative tools and served as a bridge between politicians and the courts. The documents reveal in meticulous detail how the agency, alongside Italian and European officials, capitalized on those powers to crack down on alleged smugglers, most of whom they knew to be desperate people fleeing poverty and violence with limited resources to defend themselves in court.

    Tragedy and Opportunity

    The anti-mafia directorate was born in the early 1990s after a decade of escalating Mafia violence. By then, hundreds of prosecutors, politicians, journalists, and police officers had been shot, blown up, or kidnapped, and many more extorted by organized crime families operating in Italy and beyond.

    In Palermo, the Sicilian capital, prosecutor Giovanni Falcone was a rising star in the Italian judiciary. Falcone had won unprecedented success with an approach to organized crime based on tracking financial flows, seizing assets, and centralizing evidence gathered by prosecutor’s offices across the island.

    But as the Mafia expanded its reach into the rest of Europe, Falcone’s work proved insufficient.

    In September 1990, a Mafia commando drove from Germany to Sicily to gun down a 37-year-old judge. Weeks later, at a police checkpoint in Naples, the Sicilian driver of a truck loaded with weapons, explosives, and drugs was found to be a resident of Germany. A month after the arrests, Falcone traveled to Germany to establish an information-sharing mechanism with authorities there. He brought along a younger colleague from Naples, Franco Roberti.

    “We faced a stone wall,” recalled Roberti, still bitter three decades later. He spoke to us outside a cafe in a plum neighborhood in Naples. Seventy-three years old and speaking with the rasp of a lifelong smoker, Roberti described Italy’s Mafia problem in blunt language. He bemoaned a lack of international cooperation that, he said, continues to this day. “They claimed that there was no need to investigate there,” Roberti said, “that it was up to us to investigate Italians in Germany who were occasional mafiosi.”

    As the prosecutors traveled back to Italy empty-handed, Roberti remembers Falcone telling him that they needed “a centralized national organ able to speak directly to foreign judicial authorities and coordinate investigations in Italy.”

    “That is how the idea of the anti-mafia directorate was born,” Roberti said. The two began building what would become Italy’s first national anti-mafia force.

    At the time, there was tough resistance to the project. Critics argued that Falcone and Roberti were creating “super-prosecutors” who would wield outsize powers over the courts, while also being subject to political pressures from the government in Rome. It was, they argued, a marriage of police and the judiciary, political interests and supposedly apolitical courts — convenient for getting Mafia convictions but dangerous for Italian democracy.

    Still, in January 1992, the project was approved in Parliament. But Falcone would never get to lead it: Months later, a bomb set by the Mafia killed him, his wife, and the three agents escorting them. The attack put to rest any remaining criticism of Falcone’s plan.

    The anti-mafia directorate went on to become one of Italy’s most important institutions, the national authority over all matters concerning organized crime and the agency responsible for partially freeing the country from its century-old crucible. In the decades after Falcone’s death, the directorate did what many in Italy thought impossible, dismantling large parts of the five main Italian crime families and almost halving the Mafia-related murder rate.

    And yet, by the time Roberti took control in 2013, it had been years since the last high-profile Mafia prosecution, and the organization’s influence was waning. At the same time, Italy was facing unprecedented numbers of migrants arriving by boat. Roberti had an idea: The anti-mafia directorate would start working on what he saw as a different kind of mafia. The organization set its sights on Libya.

    “We thought we had to do something more coordinated to combat this trafficking,” Roberti remembered, “so I put everyone around a table.”

    “The main objective was to save lives, seize ships, and capture smugglers,” Roberti said. “Which we did.”

    Our Sea

    Dieudonne made it to the Libyan port city of Zuwara in August 2014. One more step across the Mediterranean, and he’d be in Europe. The smugglers he paid to get him across the sea took all of his possessions and put him in an abandoned building that served as a safe house to wait for his turn.

    Dieudonne told his story from a small office in Bari, Italy, where he runs a cooperative that helps recent arrivals access local education. Dieudonne is fiery and charismatic. He is constantly moving: speaking, texting, calling, gesticulating. Every time he makes a point, he raps his knuckles on the table in a one-two pattern. Dieudonne insisted that we publish his real name. Others who made the journey more recently — still pending decisions on their residence permits or refugee status — were less willing to speak openly.

    Dieudonne remembers the safe house in Zuwara as a string of constant violence. The smugglers would come once a day to leave food. Every day, they would ask who hadn’t followed their orders. Those inside the abandoned building knew they were less likely to be discovered by police or rival smugglers, but at the same time, they were not free to leave.

    “They’ve put a guy in the refrigerator in front of all of us, to show how the next one who misbehaves will be treated,” Dieudonne remembered, indignant. He witnessed torture, shootings, rape. “The first time you see it, it hurts you. The second time it hurts you less. The third time,” he said with a shrug, “it becomes normal. Because that’s the only way to survive.”

    “That’s why arresting the person who pilots a boat and treating them like a trafficker makes me laugh,” Dieudonne said. Others who have made the journey to Italy report having been forced to drive at gunpoint. “You only do it to be sure you don’t die there,” he said.

    Two years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government, much of Libya’s northwest coast had become a staging ground for smugglers who organized sea crossings to Europe in large wooden fishing boats. When those ships — overcrowded, underpowered, and piloted by amateurs — inevitably capsized, the deaths were counted by the hundreds.

    In October 2013, two shipwrecks off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa took over 400 lives, sparking public outcry across Europe. In response, the Italian state mobilized two plans, one public and the other private.

    “There was a big shock when the Lampedusa tragedy happened,” remembered Italian Sen. Emma Bonino, then the country’s foreign minister. The prime minister “called an emergency meeting, and we decided to immediately launch this rescue program,” Bonino said. “Someone wanted to call the program ‘safe seas.’ I said no, not safe, because it’s sure we’ll have other tragedies. So let’s call it Mare Nostrum.”

    Mare Nostrum — “our sea” in Latin — was a rescue mission in international waters off the coast of Libya that ran for one year and rescued more than 150,000 people. The operation also brought Italian ships, airplanes, and submarines closer than ever to Libyan shores. Roberti, just two months into his job as head of the anti-mafia directorate, saw an opportunity to extend the country’s judicial reach and inflict a lethal blow to smuggling rings in Libya.

    Five days after the start of Mare Nostrum, Roberti launched the private plan: a series of coordination meetings among the highest echelons of the Italian police, navy, coast guard, and judiciary. Under Roberti, these meetings would run for four years and eventually involve representatives from Frontex, Europol, an EU military operation, and even Libya.

    The minutes of five of these meetings, which were presented by Roberti in a committee of the Italian Parliament and obtained by The Intercept, give an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the events on Europe’s southern borders since the Lampedusa shipwrecks.

    In the first meeting, held in October 2013, Roberti told participants that the anti-mafia offices in the Sicilian city of Catania had developed an innovative way to deal with migrant smuggling. By treating Libyan smugglers like they had treated the Italian Mafia, prosecutors could claim jurisdiction over international waters far beyond Italy’s borders. That, Roberti said, meant they could lawfully board and seize vessels on the high seas, conduct investigations there, and use the evidence in court.

    The Italian authorities have long recognized that, per international maritime law, they are obligated to rescue people fleeing Libya on overcrowded boats and transport them to a place of safety. As the number of people attempting the crossing increased, many Italian prosecutors and coast guard officials came to believe that smugglers were relying on these rescues to make their business model work; therefore, the anti-mafia reasoning went, anyone who acted as crew or made a distress call on a boat carrying migrants could be considered complicit in Libyan trafficking and subject to Italian jurisdiction. This new approach drew heavily from legal doctrines developed in the United States during the 1980s aimed at stopping drug smuggling.

    European leaders were scrambling to find a solution to what they saw as a looming migration crisis. Italian officials thought they had the answer and publicly justified their decisions as a way to prevent future drownings.

    But according to the minutes of the 2013 anti-mafia meeting, the new strategy predated the Lampedusa shipwrecks by at least a week. Sicilian prosecutors had already written the plan to crack down on migration across the Mediterranean but lacked both the tools and public will to put it into action. Following the Lampedusa tragedy and the creation of Mare Nostrum, they suddenly had both.

    State of Necessity

    In the international waters off the coast of Libya, Dieudonne and 91 others were rescued by a European NGO called Migrant Offshore Aid Station. They spent two days aboard MOAS’s ship before being transferred to an Italian coast guard ship, Nave Dattilo, to be taken to Europe.

    Aboard the Dattilo, coast guard officers asked Dieudonne why he had left his home in Cameroon. He remembers them showing him a photograph of the rubber boat taken from the air. “They asked me who was driving, the roles and everything,” he remembered. “Then they asked me if I could tell him how the trafficking in Libya works, and then, they said, they would give me residence documents.”

    Dieudonne said that he was reluctant to cooperate at first. He didn’t want to accuse any of his peers, but he was also concerned that he could become a suspect. After all, he had helped the driver at points throughout the voyage.

    “I thought that if I didn’t cooperate, they might hurt me,” Dieudonne said. “Not physically hurt, but they could consider me dishonest, like someone who was part of the trafficking.”

    To this day, Dieudonne says he can’t understand why Italy would punish people for fleeing poverty and political violence in West Africa. He rattled off a list of events from the last year alone: draught, famine, corruption, armed gunmen, attacks on schools. “And you try to convict someone for managing to escape that situation?”

    The coast guard ship disembarked in Vibo Valentia, a city in the Italian region of Calabria. During disembarkation, a local police officer explained to a journalist that they had arrested five people. The journalist asked how the police had identified the accused.

    “A lot has been done by the coast guard, who picked [the migrants] up two days ago and managed to spot [the alleged smugglers],” the officer explained. “Then we have witness statements and videos.”

    Cases like these, where arrests are made on the basis of photo or video evidence and statements by witnesses like Dieudonne, are common, said Gigi Modica, a judge in Sicily who has heard many immigration and asylum cases. “It’s usually the same story. They take three or four people, no more. They ask them two questions: who was driving the boat, and who was holding the compass,” Modica explained. “That’s it — they get the names and don’t care about the rest.”

    Modica was one of the first judges in Italy to acquit people charged for driving rubber boats — known as “scafisti,” or boat drivers, in Italian — on the grounds that they had been forced to do so. These “state of necessity” rulings have since become increasingly common. Modica rattled off a list of irregularities he’s seen in such cases: systemic racism, witness statements that migrants later say they didn’t make, interrogations with no translator or lawyer, and in some cases, people who report being encouraged by police to sign documents renouncing their right to apply for asylum.

    “So often these alleged smugglers — scafisti — are normal people who were compelled to pilot a boat by smugglers in Libya,” Modica said.

    Documents of over a dozen trials reviewed by The Intercept show prosecutions largely built on testimony from migrants who are promised a residence permit in exchange for their collaboration. At sea, witnesses are interviewed by the police hours after their rescue, often still in a state of shock after surviving a shipwreck.

    In many cases, identical statements, typos included, are attributed to several witnesses and copied and pasted across different police reports. Sometimes, these reports have been enough to secure decadeslong sentences. Other times, under cross-examination in court, witnesses have contradicted the statements recorded by police or denied giving any testimony at all.

    As early as 2015, attendees of the anti-mafia meetings were discussing problems with these prosecutions. In a meeting that February, Giovanni Salvi, then the prosecutor of Catania, acknowledged that smugglers often abandoned migrant boats in international waters. Still, Italian police were steaming ahead with the prosecutions of those left on board.

    These prosecutions were so important that in some cases, the Italian coast guard decided to delay rescue when boats were in distress in order to “allow for the arrival of institutional ships that can conduct arrests,” a coast guard commander explained at the meeting.

    When asked about the commander’s comments, the Italian coast guard said that “on no occasion” has the agency ever delayed a rescue operation. Delaying rescue for any reason goes against international and Italian law, and according to various human rights lawyers in Europe, could give rise to criminal liability.

    NGOs in the Crosshairs

    Italy canceled Mare Nostrum after one year, citing budget constraints and a lack of European collaboration. In its wake, the EU set up two new operations, one via Frontex and the other a military effort called Operation Sophia. These operations focused not on humanitarian rescue but on border security and people smuggling from Libya. Beginning in 2015, representatives from Frontex and Operation Sophia were included in the anti-mafia directorate meetings, where Italian prosecutors ensured that both abided by the new investigative strategy.

    Key to these investigations were photos from the rescues, like the aerial image that Dieudonne remembers the Italian coast guard showing him, which gave police another way to identify who piloted the boats and helped navigate.

    In the absence of government rescue ships, a fleet of civilian NGO vessels began taking on a large number of rescues in the international waters off the coast of Libya. These ships, while coordinated by the Italian coast guard rescue center in Rome, made evidence-gathering difficult for prosecutors and judicial police. According to the anti-mafia meeting minutes, some NGOs, including MOAS, routinely gave photos to Italian police and Frontex. Others refused, arguing that providing evidence for investigations into the people they saved would undermine their efficacy and neutrality.

    In the years following Mare Nostrum, the NGO fleet would come to account for more than one-third of all rescues in the central Mediterranean, according to estimates by Operation Sophia. A leaked status report from the operation noted that because NGOs did not collect information from rescued migrants for police, “information essential to enhance the understanding of the smuggling business model is not acquired.”

    In a subsequent anti-mafia meeting, six prosecutors echoed this concern. NGO rescues meant that police couldn’t interview migrants at sea, they said, and cases were getting thrown out for lack of evidence. A coast guard admiral explained the importance of conducting interviews just after a rescue, when “a moment of empathy has been established.”

    “It is not possible to carry out this task if the rescue intervention is carried out by ships of the NGOs,” the admiral told the group.

    The NGOs were causing problems for the DNAA strategy. At the meetings, Italian prosecutors and representatives from the coast guard, navy, and Interior Ministry discussed what they could do to rein in the humanitarian organizations. At the same time, various prosecutors were separately fixing their investigative sights on the NGOs themselves.

    In late 2016, an internal report from Frontex — later published in full by The Intercept — accused an NGO vessel of directly receiving migrants from Libyan smugglers, attributing the information to “Italian authorities.” The claim was contradicted by video evidence and the ship’s crew.

    Months later, Carmelo Zuccaro, the prosecutor of Catania, made public that he was investigating rescue NGOs. “Together with Frontex and the navy, we are trying to monitor all these NGOs that have shown that they have great financial resources,” Zuccaro told an Italian newspaper. The claim went viral in Italian and European media. “Friends of the traffickers” and “migrant taxi service” became common slurs used toward humanitarian NGOs by anti-immigration politicians and the Italian far right.

    Zuccaro would eventually walk back his claims, telling a parliamentary committee that he was working off a hypothesis at the time and had no evidence to back it up.

    In an interview with a German newspaper in February 2017, the director of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, refrained from explicitly criticizing the work of rescue NGOs but did say they were hampering police investigations in the Mediterranean. As aid organizations assumed a larger percentage of rescues, Leggeri said, “it is becoming more difficult for the European security authorities to find out more about the smuggling networks through interviews with migrants.”

    “That smear campaign was very, very deep,” remembered Bonino, the former foreign minister. Referring to Marco Minniti, Italy’s interior minister at the time, she added, “I was trying to push Minniti not to be so obsessed with people coming, but to make a policy of integration in Italy. But he only focused on Libya and smuggling and criminalizing NGOs with the help of prosecutors.”

    Bonino explained that the action against NGOs was part of a larger plan to change European policy in the central Mediterranean. The first step was the shift away from humanitarian rescue and toward border security and smuggling. The second step “was blaming the NGOs or arresting them, a sort of dirty campaign against them,” she said. “The results of which after so many years have been no convictions, no penalties, no trials.”

    Finally, the third step was to build a new coast guard in Libya to do what the Europeans couldn’t, per international law: intercept people at sea and bring them back to Libya, the country from which they had just fled.

    At first, leaders at Frontex were cautious. “From Frontex’s point of view, we look at Libya with concern; there is no stable state there,” Leggeri said in the 2017 interview. “We are now helping to train 60 officers for a possible future Libyan coast guard. But this is at best a beginning.”

    Bonino saw this effort differently. “They started providing support for their so-called coast guard,” she said, “which were the same traffickers changing coats.”
    Rescued migrants disembarking from a Libyan coast guard ship in the town of Khoms, a town 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the capital on October 1, 2019.

    Same Uniforms, Same Ships

    Safe on land in Italy, Dieudonne was never called to testify in court. He hopes that none of his peers ended up in prison but said he would gladly testify against the traffickers if called. Aboard the coast guard ship, he remembers, “I gave the police contact information for the traffickers, I gave them names.”

    The smuggling operations in Libya happened out in the open, but Italian police could only go as far as international waters. Leaked documents from Operation Sophia describe years of efforts by European officials to get Libyan police to arrest smugglers. Behind closed doors, top Italian and EU officials admitted that these same smugglers were intertwined with the new Libyan coast guard that Europe was creating and that working with them would likely go against international law.

    As early as 2015, multiple officials at the anti-mafia meetings noted that some smugglers were uncomfortably close to members of the Libyan government. “Militias use the same uniforms and the same ships as the Libyan coast guard that the Italian navy itself is training,” Rear Adm. Enrico Credendino, then in charge of Operation Sophia, said in 2017. The head of the Libyan coast guard and the Libyan minister of defense, both allies of the Italian government, Credendino added, “have close relationships with some militia bosses.”

    One of the Libyan coast guard officers playing both sides was Abd al-Rahman Milad, also known as Bija. In 2019, the Italian newspaper Avvenire revealed that Bija participated in a May 2017 meeting in Sicily, alongside Italian border police and intelligence officials, that was aimed at stemming migration from Libya. A month later, he was condemned by the U.N. Security Council for his role as a top member of a powerful trafficking militia in the coastal town of Zawiya, and for, as the U.N. put it, “sinking migrant boats using firearms.”

    According to leaked documents from Operation Sophia, coast guard officers under Bija’s command were trained by the EU between 2016 and 2018.

    While the Italian government was prosecuting supposed smugglers in Italy, they were also working with people they knew to be smugglers in Libya. Minniti, Italy’s then-interior minister, justified the deals his government was making in Libya by saying that the prospect of mass migration from Africa made him “fear for the well-being of Italian democracy.”

    In one of the 2017 anti-mafia meetings, a representative of the Interior Ministry, Vittorio Pisani, outlined in clear terms a plan that provided for the direct coordination of the new Libyan coast guard. They would create “an operation room in Libya for the exchange of information with the Interior Ministry,” Pisani explained, “mainly on the position of NGO ships and their rescue operations, in order to employ the Libyan coast guard in its national waters.”

    And with that, the third step of the plan was set in motion. At the end of the meeting, Roberti suggested that the group invite representatives from the Libyan police to their next meeting. In an interview with The Intercept, Roberti confirmed that Libyan representatives attended at least two anti-mafia meetings and that he himself met Bija at a meeting in Libya, one month after the U.N. Security Council report was published. The following year, the Security Council committee on Libya sanctioned Bija, freezing his assets and banning him from international travel.

    “We needed to have the participation of Libyan institutions. But they did nothing, because they were taking money from the traffickers,” Roberti told us from the cafe in Naples. “They themselves were the traffickers.”
    A Place of Safety

    Roberti retired from the anti-mafia directorate in 2017. He said that under his leadership, the organization was able to create a basis for handling migration throughout Europe. Still, Roberti admits that his expansion of the DNAA into migration issues has had mixed results. Like his trip to Germany in the ’90s with Giovanni Falcone, Roberti said the anti-mafia strategy faltered because of a lack of collaboration: with the NGOs, with other European governments, and with Libya.

    “On a European level, the cooperation does not work,” Roberti said. Regarding Libya, he added, “We tried — I believe it was right, the agreements [the government] made. But it turned out to be a failure in the end.”

    The DNAA has since expanded its operations. Between 2017 and 2019, the Italian government passed two bills that put the anti-mafia directorate in charge of virtually all illegal immigration matters. Since 2017, five Sicilian prosecutors, all of whom attended at least one anti-mafia coordination meeting, have initiated 15 separate legal proceedings against humanitarian NGO workers. So far there have been no convictions: Three cases have been thrown out in court, and the rest are ongoing.

    Earlier this month, news broke that Sicilian prosecutors had wiretapped journalists and human rights lawyers as part of one of these investigations, listening in on legally protected conversations with sources and clients. The Italian justice ministry has opened an investigation into the incident, which could amount to criminal behavior, according to Italian legal experts. The prosecutor who approved the wiretaps attended at least one DNAA coordination meeting, where investigations against NGOs were discussed at length.

    As the DNAA has extended its reach, key actors from the anti-mafia coordination meetings have risen through the ranks of Italian and European institutions. One prosecutor, Federico Cafiero de Raho, now runs the anti-mafia directorate. Salvi, the former prosecutor of Catania, is the equivalent of Italy’s attorney general. Pisani, the former Interior Ministry representative, is deputy head of the Italian intelligence services. And Roberti is a member of the European Parliament.

    Cafiero de Raho stands by the investigations and arrests that the anti-mafia directorate has made over the years. He said the coordination meetings were an essential tool for prosecutors and police during difficult times.

    When asked about his specific comments during the meetings — particularly statements that humanitarian NGOs needed to be regulated and multiple admissions that members of the new Libyan coast guard were involved in smuggling activities — Cafiero de Raho said that his remarks should be placed in context, a time when Italy and the EU were working to build a coast guard in a part of Libya that was largely ruled by local militias. He said his ultimate goal was what, in the DNAA coordination meetings, he called the “extrajudicial solution”: attempts to prove the existence of crimes against humanity in Libya so that “the United Nation sends troops to Libya to dismantle migrants camps set up by traffickers … and retake control of that territory.”

    A spokesperson for the EU’s foreign policy arm, which ran Operation Sophia, refused to directly address evidence that leaders of the European military operation knew that parts of the new Libyan coast guard were also involved in smuggling activities, only noting that Bija himself wasn’t trained by the EU. A Frontex spokesperson stated that the agency “was not involved in the selection of officers to be trained.”

    In 2019, the European migration strategy changed again. Now, the vast majority of departures are intercepted by the Libyan coast guard and brought back to Libya. In March of that year, Operation Sophia removed all of its ships from the rescue area and has since focused on using aerial patrols to direct and coordinate the Libyan coast guard. Human rights lawyers in Europe have filed six legal actions against Italy and the EU as a result, calling the practice refoulement by proxy: facilitating the return of migrants to dangerous circumstances in violation of international law.

    Indeed, throughout four years of coordination meetings, Italy and the EU were admitting privately that returning people to Libya would be illegal. “Fundamental human rights violations in Libya make it impossible to push migrants back to the Libyan coast,” Pisani explained in 2015. Two years later, he outlined the beginnings of a plan that would do exactly that.

    The Result of Mere Chance

    Dieudonne knows he was lucky. The line that separates suspect and victim can be entirely up to police officers’ first impressions in the minutes or hours following a rescue. According to police reports used in prosecutions, physical attributes like having “a clearer skin tone” or behavior aboard the ship, including scrutinizing police movements “with strange interest,” were enough to rouse suspicion.

    In a 2019 ruling that acquitted seven alleged smugglers after three years of pretrial detention, judges wrote that “the selection of the suspects on one side, and the witnesses on the other, with the only exception of the driver, has almost been the result of mere chance.”

    Carrying out work for their Libyan captors has cost other migrants in Italy lengthy prison sentences. In September 2019, a 22-year-old Guinean nicknamed Suarez was arrested upon his arrival to Italy. Four witnesses told police he had collaborated with prison guards in Zawiya, at the immigrant detention center managed by the infamous Bija.

    “Suarez was also a prisoner, who then took on a job,” one of the witnesses told the court. Handing out meals or taking care of security is what those who can’t afford to pay their ransom often do in order to get out, explained another. “Unfortunately, you would have to be there to understand the situation,” the first witness said. Suarez was sentenced to 20 years in prison, recently reduced to 12 years on appeal.

    Dieudonne remembered his journey at sea vividly, but with surprising cool. When the boat began taking on water, he tried to help. “One must give help where it is needed.” At his office in Bari, Dieudonne bent over and moved his arms in a low scooping motion, like he was bailing water out of a boat.

    “Should they condemn me too?” he asked. He finds it ironic that it was the Libyans who eventually arrested Bija on human trafficking charges this past October. The Italians and Europeans, he said with a laugh, were too busy working with the corrupt coast guard commander. (In April, Bija was released from prison after a Libyan court absolved him of all charges. He was promoted within the coast guard and put back on the job.)

    Dieudonne thinks often about the people he identified aboard the coast guard ship in the middle of the sea. “I told the police the truth. But if that collaboration ends with the conviction of an innocent person, it’s not good,” he said. “Because I know that person did nothing. On the contrary, he saved our lives by driving that raft.”

    https://theintercept.com/2021/04/30/italy-anti-mafia-migrant-rescue-smuggling

    #Méditerranée #Italie #Libye #ONG #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #solidarité #secours #mer_Méditerranée #asile #migrations #réfugiés #violence #passeurs #Méditerranée_centrale #anti-mafia #anti-terrorisme #Direzione_nazionale_antimafia_e_antiterrorismo #DNAA #Frontex #Franco_Roberti #justice #politique #Zuwara #torture #viol #Mare_Nostrum #Europol #eaux_internationales #droit_de_la_mer #droit_maritime #juridiction_italienne #arrestations #Gigi_Modica #scafista #scafisti #état_de_nécessité #Giovanni_Salvi #NGO #Operation_Sophia #MOAS #DNA #Carmelo_Zuccaro #Zuccaro #Fabrice_Leggeri #Leggeri #Marco_Minniti #Minniti #campagne #gardes-côtes_libyens #milices #Enrico_Credendino #Abd_al-Rahman_Milad #Bija ##Abdurhaman_al-Milad #Al_Bija #Zawiya #Vittorio_Pisani #Federico_Cafiero_de_Raho #solution_extrajudiciaire #pull-back #refoulement_by_proxy #refoulement #push-back #Suarez

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  • Torture, Covid-19 and border pushbacks: Stories of migration to Europe at the time of Covid-19

    The lived experience of people navigating the EU external border during the Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharper focus the way border violence has become embedded within the landscape of migration. Here BVMN are sharing a feature article and comic strip from artistic journalist collective Brush&Bow which relays the human stories behind pushbacks, and the protracted violence which has come to characterise journeys along the Balkan Route. The researchers and artists spent time with transit communities along the Western Balkan Route, as well as speaking to network members Centre for Peace Studies, No Name Kitchen & Info Kolpa about their work. Combined with the indepth article (linked below) the comic strip brings to life much of the oral testimonies collected in the BVMN shared database, visualising movement and aspiration – as well as the counterforce of border violence.

    Authors: Roshan De Stone and David Leone Suber
    Illustrations and multimedia: Hannah Kirmes Daly
    (Brush&Bow C.I.C)
    Funded by: The Journalism Fund

    https://www.borderviolence.eu/torture-covid-19-and-border-pushbacks

    #push-back #refoulements_en_chaîne #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #Croatie #Balkans #route_des_Balkans #dessin #BD #bande_dessinée #Slovénie #Italie #frontière_sud-alpine #Bosnie #Trieste #migrerrance #Trieste #violence

    • #Torture and pushbacks: Stories of migration to Europe during Covid-19

      Violent and often sadistic pushbacks from Italy, Slovenia and Croatia are a damning indictment of Europe’s broken migrant policy.

      Anatomy of a pushback: from Italy to Bosnia

      Trieste, Zagreb – On April 13 last year, Italy’s Coronavirus death-toll surpassed 20,000, making headlines worldwide. In the afternoon on that same day, Saeed carefully packed a bag. In it, a phone, three power banks, cigarettes, a sleeping bag and a photograph of his two children back in Pakistan.

      During the March lockdown, Saeed was forcibly held in Lipa camp for migrants and asylum seekers, in the Bosnian canton of Una Sana, right next to the Croatian border. Having travelled this far, he was ready for the final leg of his journey to Europe.

      That night, Saeed left the camp. On the way to the Croatian border, he was joined by nine other men.
      People on the move use GPS tracking systems to cross land borders far away from main roads and inhabited locations. (Hannah Kirmes Daly, Brush&Bow C.I.C)

      For 21 days, the group walked through the forests and mountains in Croatia, Slovenia and into Italy, avoiding roads and towns, always careful not to be seen. Never taking their shoes off, not even to sleep, ready to run at a moment’s notice if the police spotted them.

      When Covid-19’s first wave was at its peak in the spring of 2020, EU member states increased border security by sending the army to patrol borders and suspended freedom of movement as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

      This greatly affected migration, giving migrants and asylum seekers yet another reason to go into hiding. Saeed and his companions knew this well. But as they finally crossed the final border into Italy, they assumed the worst was over.

      Winding their way down the mountains, the group stopped at the border town of Bagnoli to order a dark, sweet, coffee - a small reward. Across the street, a woman looked out of her window and reached for the phone. Minutes later, police were on the scene.

      As the police later confirmed, it is thanks to calls from local inhabitants living in border areas that most migrants are intercepted by authorities.

      Bundled into an Italian police van, Saeed and his acquaintances were handed over to Slovenian officials, and driven back to the Croatia-Bosnia border in less than 24 hours. No anti-Covid precautions were taken, and requests for asylum were ignored.

      When the van finally stopped, they were released into an open field by a river bank. Plain-clothes officers speaking Croatian ordered them to undress.

      Blisters ripped open as Saeed’s skin tore off as he pried off his shoes. Two of the men were beaten with telescopic batons. Another was whipped with a piece of rope tied to a branch. “Go back to Bosnia” was the last thing they heard the Croatian officers shout as they climbed back up the Bosnian bank of the river.

      On the morning of May 7, Saeed walked barefoot to the same Bosnian camp he had left three weeks before. This was his first ’pushback’.

      #The_Game'
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnU-xWNfG8M&feature=emb_logo

      Trieste’s Piazza Liberta, in front of the main train station, above, is the final destination for many people on the move arriving from Bosnia.

      Since the start of the pandemic, the EU border agency Frontex reported a decrease in the overall number of irregular border crossings into Europe. This has been the case on all main routes to Europe aside from one: the Balkan route, a route migrants and asylum seekers take by foot to cross from Turkey into central Europe.

      On July 10, two months after that first pushback from Italy, Saeed sits in Piazza Liberta, the main square in front of Trieste’s train station.

      Young men from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Iraq and Syria sit with him on the square’s benches, forming small groups in the setting sun. For nearly two years now, this square has been the meeting point for ’people on the move’ – migrants and asylum seekers escaping war, famine and poverty in their countries, arriving by foot from Turkey and through the Balkans.

      They sit in Piazza Liberta waiting for the arrival of a group of volunteers, who hand out food, medication and attend to the blisters and welts many have on their feet as a result from the long weeks of restless walking.

      Saeed is in his thirties, clean shaven and sporting ’distressed’ jeans with impeccably white trainers. He would look like any other tourist if it wasn’t for the scars across his arms.

      “There are two borders that are particularly difficult to cross to reach Europe,” he explains.

      The first is at the Evros river, separating Greece and Turkey. This is the only alternative to anyone who wants to avoid the risk of crossing by boat to the Greek islands, where recent reports of pushbacks by the Greek police back to Turkey are rife.

      “The second border is the one between Bosnia and Croatia,” he pauses. “The road between these two borders and all the way to Italy or Austria is what we call ’The Game’.” "It is by doing The Game that I got these," he says pointing to his scars.

      The Game is one of the only alternatives to reach Europe without having to cross the Mediterranean Sea. But crossing the Balkans is a similarly dangerous journey, like a ’game’, played against the police forces of the countries on the route, so as to not get caught and arrested.

      With the outbreak of the pandemic, The Game has become more difficult and dangerous. Many have reported cases of sexual and violent abuse from the police.

      In Croatia, police officers forced people to lie on top of one another naked as they were beaten and crosses were spray-painted on their heads. To add insult to injury, all their possessions were stolen, and their phones would be smashed or thrown in the water by authorities.

      The last of thirteen siblings, Saeed wants to reach a cousin in Marseille; an opportunity to escape unemployment and the grinding poverty of his life back in Pakistan.

      From the outskirts of Karachi, Saeed lived with his two children, wife and seven relatives in two rooms. “I would go out every morning looking for work, but there is nothing. My daughter is sick. I left because I wanted to be able to provide for my family.”

      Despite his desire to end up in France, Saeed was forced to apply for asylum in Italy to buy himself time and avoid being arrested and sent back to Bosnia.

      Under current regulations governing refugee law, Saeed’s asylum application in Italy is unlikely to be accepted. Poverty and a dream for a better future are not recognised as valid reasons to be granted status in Europe. Instead, in order to keep those like Saeed out, in 2018, the European Commission proposed to almost triple funding for border enforcement between 2021 and 2027, for an overall investment of $38.4 billion.

      Despite being a skilled electrician looking for work, Saeed’s asylum application makes it impossible for him to legally work in Italy. To survive, he started working as a guide for other migrants, a low-level smuggler making the most of what he learned during The Game.

      He pulls a second phone out of his pocket and takes a call. “There are 70 men crossing the mountains from Slovenia who will be here by 4 am tomorrow,” he says. The large group will be split into smaller groups once they arrive at the Italian border, Saeed explains, so as to not be too noticeable.

      The mountain paths around Trieste are full of signs of life; sleeping bags, shoes and clothes scattered where groups decided to stop and camp the night before doing the final stretch to Trieste’s train station.

      “When they arrive, I’ll be their point of contact. I’ll show them where to access aid, how to get an Italian sim card and give them money that their families have sent to me via Western Union.” He pauses, “I know some of them because we were in the same camps in Bosnia. I try to help them as I know what it is like, and in return they pay me a small fee.” The amount he receives varies between 5 and 20 euro ($5.8 - $23.55) per person.

      All along the route there are those like Saeed, who manage to make a small living from the irregular migration route. However, it isn’t easy to recognise a smuggler’s good intentions, and not every smuggler is like Saeed. “There are also smugglers who make a big business by stealing money or taking advantage of less experienced people,” he says.

      Pointing to two young Afghan boys, Saeed shrugs, “They asked me where they could go to prostitute themselves to pay for the next part of the journey. There are many people ready to make money out of our misery.”

      Border violence and the fear of contagion

      Since the start of pandemic, The Game has become even more high stakes. For migrants and asylum seekers on the Balkan route, it has meant adding the risk of infection to a long list of potential perils.

      “If the police are looking for you, it’s hard to worry about getting sick with the virus. The most important thing is not to get arrested and sent back,” said Saeed.

      Covid-19 rules on migration have had the effect of further marginalising migrants and asylum seekers, excluding them from free testing facilities, their right to healthcare largely suspended and ignored by national Covid-19 prevention measures.

      This is confirmed by Lorenzo Tamaro, representative of Trieste’s Autonomous Police Syndicate (SAP). Standing under one of Trieste’s sweeping arches he begins, “The pandemic has made it more dangerous for them [migrants and asylum seekers], as it is for us [the police]."

      For all of 2020, Italian police have had to deal with the difficult task of stopping irregular entries while also performing extraordinary duties during two months of a strictly enforced lockdown.

      “The pandemic has revealed a systemic crisis in policing immigration in Europe, one we have been denouncing for years,” Tamaro says. He refers to how Italian police are both under-staffed and under-resourced when facing irregular migration, more so during lockdowns.

      Broad shouldered, his voice carries the confidence of someone who is no stranger to interviews. “Foreigners entering our territory with no authorisation are in breach of the law, even more so under national lockdown. It’s not us [the police] who make the law, but it is our job to make sure it is respected.”

      Born in Trieste himself, Tamaro and his colleagues have been dealing with immigration from the Balkans for years. The emergency brought on by increased arrivals during Italy’s tight lockdown period pushed the Ministry of Interior to request the deployment of a 100-strong Italian army contingent to the border with Slovenia, to assist in the detection and arrest of people on the move and their transfer to quarantine camps on the outskirts of the city.

      “We have been left to deal with both an immigration and public health emergency without any real support,” Tamaro says. “The army is of help in stopping irregular migrants, but it’s then us [the police] who have to carry out medical screenings without proper protective equipment. This is something the Ministry should have specialised doctors and medics do, not the police.”

      To deal with the increase in arrivals from the Balkan route, Italy revived a 1996 bilateral agreement with Slovenia, which dictates that any undocumented person found within 10 kilometres of the Slovenian border within the first 24 hours of arrival, can be informally readmitted to Slovenia.

      “In my opinion readmissions work,” Tamaro says. “Smugglers have started taking migrants to Udine and Gorizia, which are outside of the 10 km zone of informal readmissions, because they know that if stopped in Trieste, they risk being taken back to Slovenia.”

      On September 6, the Italian Interior Minister herself acknowledged 3,059 people have been returned to Slovenia from Trieste in 2020 alone, 1,000 more than the same period in 2019.

      Human rights observers have criticised this agreement for actively denying people on the move to request asylum and thus going against European law. “We know Italy is sending people back to Slovenia saying they can apply for asylum there. But the pushback does not end there,” says Miha, a member of the Slovenian solidarity initiative Info Kolpa.

      From his airy apartment overlooking Ljubljana, Miha explains how Slovenia resurfaced a readmission agreement with Croatia in June 2018 that has allowed an increase in pushbacks from Slovenia to Croatia.

      “Italy sends people to Slovenia and Slovenia to Croatia,” Miha says, “and from Croatia, they get pushed back further to Bosnia.”

      “What Europe is ignoring is that this is a system of coordinated chain-pushbacks, designed to send people back from Europe to Bosnia, a non-European Union country. And adding to the breach of human rights, no one is worrying about the high risk of contagion,” Miha concludes.

      Torture at Europe’s doorstep

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t36isJ1QHA4&feature=emb_logo

      A section of the border between Croatia and Slovenia runs along the Kulpa river, as shown in the video above. People on the move try to cross this river in places where there is no fence, and some drowned trying to cross it in 2018 and 2019.

      As pushbacks become more normalised, so has the violence used to implement them. Because the Croatian-Bosnian border is an external EU-border, Croatia and Bosnia do not have readmission agreements similar to those between Italy and Slovenia.

      As such, pushbacks cannot simply happen through police cooperation — they happen informally — and it is here that the greatest violence takes place.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8T9AFOJT2A&feature=emb_logo

      People on the move have been posting evidence of the violence they are subjected to across the Balkan route. The video above was posted on TikTok in the summer of 2020, showing the beatings suffered by many of those who try and cross from Bosnia to Croatia and are pushed back by Croatian police.

      Despite the Bosnian-Croatian border running for more than 900 km, most of the border crossing happens in a specific location, in the Una Sana canton, the top eastern tip of Bosnia.

      The border here is a far cry from the tall barbed wire fences one might expect. The scenery cuts across a beautiful landscape of forestry and mountain streams, with winding countryside roads gently curving around family-run farms and small towns.

      “I’ve seen it all,” Stepjan says, looking out from his small whitewashed home, perched less than 100 meters from the actual Bosnian-Croatian border. A 45-year old man born and raised in this town, he adds, “People have been using this route for years to try and cross into Europe. Sometimes I give them [people on the move] water or food when they pass.”

      Many of the locals living on either side of the border speak German. They themselves have been migrants to Germany in the 90s, when this used to be a war zone. Asked about the allegations of physical abuse inflicted upon migrants, Stepjan shrugged, replying, “It’s not for me to tell the police how to do their job.”

      “By law, once a person arrives on Croatian territory they have the right to seek asylum,” says Nikol, a Croatian activist working with the organisation No Name Kitchen on this stretch of the border. “But this right is denied by Croatian police who force people to return to Bosnia.”

      Sitting in a smoky cafe in Zagreb, Nikol (a psuedonym) says she wishes to remain anonymous due to intimidation received at the hands of Croatian and Bosnian authorities punishing people providing aid to people on the move. She is planning her return to Bihac as soon as Covid regulations will allow her to move. Bihac is the key town of the Una Sana canton, the hotspot where most of the people on the move are waiting to cross into Croatia.

      She knows all about the violence perpetrated here against migrants and asylum seekers trying to enter Europe. “The Croatian police hands people over to men in plain uniform and balaclavas, who torture migrants before forcing them to walk back across the border to Bosnia.”

      Many migrants and asylum seekers that have managed to cross Croatia have reported stories of men dressed in black uniforms and wearing balaclavas, some sort of special unit with a mandate to beat and torture migrants before sending them back to Bosnia.

      Nikol has a gallery of pictures depicting the aftermath of the violence. “There is so much evidence of torture in Croatia that I am surprised there are still journalists looking to verify it,” she says as she flicks through pictures of beatings on her phone.

      Scrolling through, she brings up picture after picture of open wounds and arms, backs and bodies marked with signs of repeated beatings, burns and cuts.

      She goes through a series of pictures of young men with swollen bloody faces, and explains: “These men were made to lie on the ground facing down, and then stamped on their heads to break their noses one after the other.”
      Activists and volunteers receive pictures from people on the move about the beatings and torture endured while undergoing pushbacks. (Hannah Kirmes Daly, Brush&Bow C.I.C)

      “These are the same techniques that the Croatian police used to terrorise Serbian minorities in Croatia after the war,” she adds.

      Finding Croats like Nikol willing to help people on the move is not easy. Stepjan says he is not amongst those who call the police when he sees people attempting to cross, but a policeman from the border police station in Cabar openly disclosed that “it is thanks to the tip offs we get from local citizens that we know how and when to intervene and arrest migrants.”

      As confirmed by Nikol, the level of public anger and fear against people on the move has grown during the pandemic, fueled by anti-immigrant rhetoric linked with fake and unverified news accusing foreigners of bringing Covid-19 with them.

      Much of this discourse takes place on social media. Far-right hate groups have been praising violence against migrants and asylum seekers through posts like the ones reported below, which despite being signalled for their violent content, have not yet been removed by Facebook.
      Hate speech and violent threats against people on the move and organisations supporting them are posted on Facebook and other social media on a daily basis. Despite being reported, most of them are not taken down. (Hannah Kirmes Daly, Brush&Bow C.I.C)

      Nikol’s accounts are corroborated by Antonia, a caseworker at the Center for Peace Studies in Zagreb, who is working closely on legal challenges made against Croatian police.

      “We continue to receive testimonies of people being tied to trees, terrorised by the shooting of weapons close to their faces, having stinging liquids rubbed into open wounds, being spray-painted upon, sexually abused and beaten with bats and rubber tubes on the head, arms and legs.”

      In July this summer, an anonymous complaint by a group of Croatian police officers was made public by the Croatian ombudswoman. In the letter, officers denounced some of their superiors of being violent toward people on the move, suggesting that such violence is systematic.

      This was also the opinion of doctors in Trieste, volunteering to treat people’s wounds once they arrive in Italy after having crossed Croatia and Slovenia. Their accounts confirm that the violence they often see marked on bodies is not just the consequence of police deterrence, but is aimed at causing long-term injuries that might make a further journey impossible.

      Neither the Croatian nor the Slovenian national police have responded to these allegations through their press offices. The EU Home Affairs spokesperson office instead did reply, reporting that “Croatian authorities have committed to investigate reports of mistreatment at their external borders, monitor this situation closely and keep the Commission informed on progress made.”

      And while the EU has sent a monitoring team to meet the Croatian Interior Minister, it nevertheless continues to add to Croatia’s internal security fund, sending over €100 million ($120 million) since 2015 to manage migration through visa systems, policing and border security.

      Back to square one…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc0Um3gEbzE&feature=emb_logo

      Pushbacks from Italy, Slovenia and Croatia all the way back to Bosnia end with people on the move returning to overcrowded reception facilities, unsanitary camps, squats or tents, in inhumane conditions, often without running water or electricity. People in the video above were queuing at a food distribution site outside one of the IOM camps on the Bosnian-Croatian border in winter 2020.

      “These people have travelled thousands of kilometres, for months, and are now at the door of the European Union. They don’t want to return home,” Slobodan Ujic, Director of Bosnia’s Service for Foreigners’ Affairs, admitted in an interview to Balkan Insight earlier this year.

      “We are not inhumane, but we now have 30,000, 40,000 or 50,000 unemployed, while keeping 10,000 illegal migrants in full force…we have become a parking lot for migrants for Europe,” Ujic added.

      Public opinion in Bosnia reflects Ujic’s words. With a third of Bosnians unemployed and many youth leaving to Europe in search of better opportunities, there is a rising frustration from Bosnian authorities accusing the EU of having left the country to deal with the migration crisis alone.

      During the summer of 2020, tensions flared between Bosnian residents and arriving migrants to the point where buses were being stopped by locals to check if migrants were travelling on them.

      Today, thousands of people in Bosnia are currently facing a harsh snowy winter with no suitable facilities for refuge. Since the start of January the bad weather means increased rains and snowfall, making living in tents and abandoned buildings with no heating a new cause for humanitarian concern.

      In Bosnia around 7,500 people on the move are registered in eight camps run by the UNHCR and International Organization for Migration (IOM). The estimated number of migrants and asylum seekers in the country however, tops 30,000. The EU recently sent €3.5 million ($4.1 million) to manage the humanitarian crisis, adding to the over €40 million ($47 million) donated to Bosnia since 2015 to build and manage temporary camps.

      With the start of the pandemic, these reception centres became more like outdoor detention centres as Bosnian authorities forcefully transferred and confined people on the move to these facilities despite overcrowding and inhumane conditions.

      “I was taken from the squat I was in by Bosnian police and confined in a camp of Lipa, a few kilometers south of Bihac, for over a month,” Saeed says. “We had one toilet between 10 of us, no electricity and only one meal a day.”

      On December 23, 2020, Lipa camp, home to 1,300 people, was shut down as NGOs refused to run the camp due to the inhumane conditions and lack of running water and electricity. This came at a time where the closure of the camp had also been advocated by Bosnian local authorities of the Una Sana canton, pressured in local elections to close the facility.

      As people evacuated however, four residents, allegedly frustrated with the fact that they were being evicted with nowhere to go, set the camp on fire.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK6mqaheA3c&feature=emb_logo

      The trauma of living through forced lockdown in those conditions will have a lasting effect on those who have lived it. “I still have nightmares about that place and the journey,” Saeed says, avoiding eye contact.

      “Most nights I hear the sound of dogs barking and I remember the running. But in my dreams, I am paralysed to the ground and I cannot move.”

      When Saeed managed to escape Lipa camp in June 2020, it took him three weeks to walk back to Trieste. “Now I spend my days here,” he gestures across, pointing his open palms at Piazza Liberta.

      As he speaks, Saeed is joined by two friends. A long scar twists a line of shiny nobbled skin across the scalp of one of them: a souvenir from the baton of a Croatian police officer. The other has burnt the tips of his fingers to avoid being fingerprinted and sent back to Greece.

      The absurdity of Europe’s migration policy is marked on their bodies. The trauma imprinted in their minds.

      “I dream of being able to drive a car to France, like any normal person, on a road with only green traffic lights ahead, no barriers to stop me.”

      https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/torture-and-pushbacks-stories-of-migration-to-europe-during-covid-19-45421
      #game #Katinovac

  • Les terroristes italiens des « années de plomb », en clair les membes ou sympathisants des #BrigadesRouges, se sont mis à l’époque sous la protection de Mitterrand qui refusait leur #extradition en #Italie où ils avaient commis leurs malfaisances (crimes ou parfois délits, cela dépend). Ils mériteraient pourtant la réclusion à perpétuité pour les faits commis dans la décennie 1970. La France ne peut pas mépriser ainsi nos voisins italiens et leur justice. Protéger des terroristes est insupportable, encore moins aujourd’hui où, dans un autre contexte, la #France aussi est victime de #terrorisme.
    https://www.cnews.fr/france/2021-04-28/brigades-rouges-qui-sont-les-7-personnes-arretees-en-france-1075794

    • Via https://www.infoaut.org

      La façon dont l’État « règle ses comptes » avec ces années est tout simplement de ne rien régler du tout, afin de maintenir ouverte autant que possible la narration d’un danger terroriste au coin de la rue. Il s’agit d’exorciser la possibilité du conflit social (de n’importe quel conflit social, pas seulement le conflit armé) comme construction d’un itinéraire différent de celui de l’état actuel des choses. Ce n’est pas un hasard si ce type d’exorcisme atteint son apogée aujourd’hui, alors qu’une pandémie mondiale nous montre la décadence dans laquelle se trouve notre soi-disant civilisation.

      Et si, sous nos latitudes, en l’absence de conflits sociaux de grande ampleur, un tel discours apparaît paroxystique, utile seulement pour alimenter le ventre réactionnaire de certains bassins électoraux, de l’autre côté des Alpes cette stratégie est beaucoup plus claire.

      L’enterrement de 68 dure longtemps

      #Justice #imprescriptibilité

  • 40 ans après, la France décide de livrer à la justice italienne d’ex-militants de la lutte armée à qui elle avait accordé l’asile - Paris (75000)
    https://www.lamontagne.fr/paris-75000/actualites/40-ans-apres-la-france-decide-de-livrer-a-la-justice-italienne-d-ex-milit

    Serge Quadruppani préfère rappeler le contexte historique de ce qu’il appelle un « affrontement politique armé ». Celui « des ouvriers et de la jeunesse étudiante contre l’État italien. C’est un mouvement comparable à celui de Mai 68 et qui a duré dix ans. C’était beaucoup plus violent mais c’était toute la société italienne qui était plus violente […] Il y avait des morts des deux côtés. Y compris dans les manifestations ou lors des arrestations par les policiers. C’était une forme de guerre civile ».
    Alessandro Stella, qui a pu prendre un nouveau départ en France et qui n’est plus dans le collimateur de la justice italienne, a témoigné dans un livre de son parcours militant (1).
    Pour l’historien qu’il est devenu, le « contexte » ne peut être occulté. Alessandro Stella parle même d’une « responsabilité collective que les juges ne veulent pas prendre en compte » : « Il y avait en Italie dans ces années-là des millions de gens qui criaient -Vive la Révolution-, et au bout de tout un processus, quelques milliers qui ont fini par prendre les armes. Qui se sont convaincu qu’il fallait répondre par la violence à un Etat violent. »

  • #Enfermement illégal à la frontière franco-italienne : le #Conseil_d’Etat s’en lave les mains

    Dans une décision du 23 avril 2021, le Conseil d’Etat refuse d’ordonner la fermeture des locaux de « #mise_à_l’abri » des postes de la #police_aux_frontières (#PAF) de #Menton (#Alpes-Maritimes) et de #Montgenèvre (#Hautes-Alpes) où sont enfermées sans cadre légal et sans droits les personnes étrangères à qui l’entrée sur le territoire français est refusée.

    Reconnaissant que des personnes sont enfermées dans des locaux « qui ne sont prévus dans aucun texte », et pour une dizaine d’heures, le juge des référés du Conseil d’Etat valide pourtant ces pratiques de #privation_de_liberté dépourvues de tout fondement légal et dénoncées depuis plus de 5 ans par nos associations et les instances de protection des droits humains.

    S’il admet le « grand inconfort » lié au maintien dans ces locaux, le juge se satisfait des quelques récents efforts que les autorités françaises prétendent avoir accomplis, en réaction à notre initiative contentieuse, tels que la fourniture d’une « #saladette » en guise de repas (jusqu’alors les personnes devaient se contenter de madeleines…). Quant au respect des #droits des personnes (notamment le droit d’être informé, d’être assisté d’un interprète, de demander l’asile, de contacter un médecin, un proche, un conseil ou encore un avocat), le juge se contente de rappeler aux autorités « l’obligation du respect des droits » et la « grande vigilance » à apporter à « des situations particulières » sans autre précision et sans prononcer aucune injonction. Vœux pieux qui resteront sans doute lettre morte, maintenant ces pratiques dans la plus totale opacité.

    Pourtant, la situation n’est pas celle d’un « grand inconfort » mais bien d’un manque total de #respect de la #dignité : enfermement de plusieurs dizaines de personnes dans des locaux exigus parmi lesquelles des hommes, des femmes, des familles, des femmes enceintes, des enfants en bas âge, des mineurs isolés, des personnes malades, des demandeurs d’asile, etc., privation de liberté pendant plus de 10 heures sans aucun droit y compris celui de demander l’asile ou d’avoir accès à un médecin, impossibilité d’assurer la sécurité sanitaire de ces personnes, traumatisme d’un enfant hospitalisé en état de choc post-traumatique suite à cet enfermement, etc.

    Cette décision témoigne une fois de plus de l’indifférence du Conseil d’Etat quand il s’agit de condamner les violations des droits des personnes exilées. Mais nos associations continueront la lutte pour mettre fin à ce scandale et garantir un Etat où les droits de toutes et de tous seront effectivement respectés.

    communiqué de presse reçu via la mailing-list Migreurop, le 28.04.2021

    #justice (sic) #montagne #frontière_sud-alpine #Alpes #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #France #Italie

  • Le Ghana et l’Afrique du Sud devant la France pour la liberté de la presse Philippe Rosenthal
    http://www.observateurcontinental.fr/?module=articles&action=view&id=2649

    Le #journalisme, « principal vaccin » contre la désinformation en pleine pandémie, est « totalement ou partiellement bloqué » dans plus de 130 pays, rapporte Reporters sans frontières (RSF), qui a publié ce mardi 20 avril l’édition 2021 de son classement mondial de la liberté de la presse.

    La #France absente de la zone blanche de la carte de la liberté de la presse. « Le journalisme, est totalement ou partiellement bloqué dans 73 % des pays évalués », écrit Reporters sans frontières (RSF). Tous les ans la situation sur la liberté de la presse dans 180 pays et territoires est scrutée par l’ organisation indépendante basée à Paris dotée d’un statut consultatif auprès de l’Organisation des Nations unies, de l’Unesco, du Conseil de l’Europe et de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

    Ce rapport annuel montre que « l’exercice du journalisme », ce que RSF nomme comme étant le « principal vaccin contre le virus de la désinformation, est gravement entravé dans 73 des 180 Etats du Classement établi » par l’association et « restreint dans 59 autres, soit au total 73 % des pays évalués ». Ces chiffres correspondent au nombre de pays classés rouge ou noir sur la carte mondiale de la liberté de la presse, c’est-à-dire ceux dans lesquels le journalisme est dans une « situation difficile », voire « très grave » et à ceux classés dans la zone orange, où l’exercice de la profession est considérée comme « problématique ».

    La France (34e), classée pourtant jaune, dans le groupe où la situation est plutôt bonne selon RSF, est cependant derrière l’#Espagne (29e), le #Royaume-Uni (33e) et devant la #Slovénie (36e), classée toujours jaune, qui est, elle, classifiée par RSF comme étant un pays qui bloque le journalisme en obligeant, par exemple, l’agence de presse STA à suivre la ligne politique du gouvernement au risque d’être privée de financement d’Etat. La France, pays des droits de l’homme par excellence n’est en tout cas pas dans la zone blanche de la carte de la liberté de la presse, qui indique une situation d’exercice du journalisme sinon optimale du moins très satisfaisante comme cela est le cas pour la #Norvège, la #Finlande, la #Suède, le #Danemark.

    Les #Etats-Unis et la France derrière des pays africains. La France, classée donc en jaune, se trouve, comme le montre RSF derrière des pays comme, la #Costa_Rica, la #Jamaïque, l’#Uruguay, le #Suriname, la #Namibie, le #Cap-Vert, le #Ghana et l’#Afrique_du_Sud. L’organisation indépendante, qui place curieusement le Royaume-Uni (33e) juste devant la France alors qu’il garde le journaliste d’investigation, Julian #Assange, dans la prison à haute sécurité de #Belmarsh, où sa santé physique et mentale continuent de se dégrader, met la Russie en rouge en indiquant que ce pays a « déployé son appareil répressif pour limiter la couverture médiatique des manifestations liées à l’opposant Alexeï #Navalny ».

    Le deux poids, deux mesures est, d’emblée visible dans ce rapport. En effet, pourquoi placer le Royaume-Uni en 33e position et la #Russie en 150e quand un reporter de renommé international ayant dénoncé les violations des droits de l’Homme et les meurtres de l’armée américaine est enfermé en prison à Londres ? Il semble que RSF prenne une défense arbitraire pour un pays occidental et porte un bandeau sur les yeux. Pourtant, RSF, souligne que le cas du fondateur de #Wikileaks est un « type de revers pour le journalisme ».

    Même si les Etats-Unis sont d’après RSF en 44e position et classée toujours en jaune bien loin derrière la France et le #Ghana, le problème a été, selon l’organisation, la dernière année du mandat de Donald Trump qui « s’est caractérisée par un nombre record d’agressions (près de 400) et d’arrestations de journalistes (130), selon le US Press Freedom Tracker, dont RSF est partenaire ».

    L’organisation Reporters sans frontières, qui même si elle prend une position favorable pour le Royaume-Uni alors que Julian Assange y est emprisonné, ne peut pas cacher le fait que la liberté de la presse est réellement en danger dans de nombreux pays occidentaux. Aussi, on peut vraiment écrire que la France, le Royaume-Uni et les Etats-Unis peuvent apprendre de pays africains comme le Ghana et l’Afrique du Sud. Cela prouve que de graves dérives non démocratiques ont actuellement lieu dans ces pays.

    Même si « l’Europe et l’Amérique (Nord et Sud) restent les continents les plus favorables à la liberté de la presse » et « même si la zone des Amériques enregistre cette année la plus grande dégradation des scores régionaux (+2,5 %) », RSF informe que « le continent européen accuse pour sa part une détérioration conséquente de son indicateur “#Exactions” » car « les actes de violence ont plus que doublé au sein de la zone Union européenne-Balkans, alors que cette dégradation est de 17 % au niveau mondial ».

    L’organisation indépendante et défenderesse de la presse https://rsf.org/fr/classement-mondial-de-la-liberte-de-la-presse-2021-le-journalisme-est-un-vaccin précise que « les agressions contre les journalistes et les interpellations abusives se sont notamment multipliées » en #Pologne (64e, -2), en #Grèce (70e, -5) , en #Serbie (93e) et en #Bulgarie (112e, -1) mais aussi en #Allemagne, en France (34e) et en #Italie (41e).

    • Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse 2021 : le journalisme est un vaccin contre la désinformation, bloqué dans plus de 130 pays
      https://rsf.org/fr/classement-mondial-de-la-liberte-de-la-presse-2021-le-journalisme-est-un-vaccin

      L’édition 2021 du Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse établi par Reporters sans frontières (RSF) démontre que le principal vaccin contre le virus de la désinformation, à savoir le journalisme, est totalement ou partiellement bloqué dans 73 % des pays évalués par RSF.

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      Le Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse, qui évalue tous les ans la situation de la liberté de la presse dans 180 pays et territoires, montre que l’exercice du journalisme, principal vaccin contre le virus de la désinformation, est gravement entravé dans 73 des 180 Etats du Classement établi par RSF et restreint dans 59 autres, soit au total 73 % des pays évalués. Ces chiffres correspondent au nombre de pays classés rouge ou noir sur la carte mondiale de la liberté de la presse, c’est-à-dire ceux dans lesquels le journalisme est dans une “situation difficile”, voire “très grave” et à ceux classés dans la zone orange, où l’exercice de la profession est considérée comme “problématique”.

      Le blocage du journalisme est révélé par les données du Classement qui mesurent les restrictions d’accès et les entraves à la couverture de l’actualité. RSF a enregistré une dégradation flagrante de l’indicateur sur la question. Les journalistes sont confrontés à une “fermeture des accès” au terrain comme aux sources d’information, du fait ou au prétexte de la crise sanitaire. Seront-ils d’ailleurs rouverts après la fin de la pandémie ? L’étude montre une difficulté croissante pour les journalistes d’enquêter et de faire des révélations sur des sujets sensibles, en particulier en Asie et au Moyen-Orient, ainsi qu’en Europe.

      Le baromètre Edelman Trust 2021 révèle une défiance inquiétante du public envers les journalistes : 59 % des personnes interrogées dans 28 pays considèrent que les journalistes tentent délibérément d’induire le public en erreur en diffusant des informations dont il savent qu’elles sont fausses. Néanmoins, la rigueur et le pluralisme journalistiques permettent de contrer la désinformation et les “infodémies”, c’est-à-dire les manipulations et les rumeurs.

      Par exemple, face à la Covid-19, les présidents Bolsonaro au Brésil (111e, -4) et Maduro au Venezuela (148e, -1) ont fait la promotion de médicaments dont l’efficacité n’a jamais été prouvée par le monde médical : heureusement, des enquêtes comme celles de l’Agência Pública brésilienne ou des articles fouillés publiés par les derniers journaux indépendants vénézuéliens ont établi la vérité des faits. En Iran (174e, -1), les autorités ont renforcé leur contrôle sur l’information et multiplié les condamnations de journalistes pour mieux minimiser le nombre de décès liés à la Covid-19. En Egypte (166e), le pouvoir du président al-Sissi interdit tout simplement la publication de chiffres sur la pandémie autres que ceux du ministère de la Santé. Au Zimbabwe (130e, -4), le journaliste d’investigation Hopewell Chin’ono a été jeté en prison peu de temps après avoir révélé un scandale de détournement d’argent public dans l’acquisition de matériel destiné à lutter contre l’épidémie.

      Les principales évolutions au Classement mondial
      => https://rsf.org/fr/classement-mondial-de-la-liberte-de-la-presse-2021-le-journalisme-est-un-vaccin

  • #Campagnes de #dissuasion massive

    Pour contraindre à l’#immobilité les candidats à la migration, jugés indésirables, les gouvernements occidentaux ne se contentent pas depuis les années 1990 de militariser leurs frontières et de durcir leur législation. Aux stratégies répressives s’ajoutent des méthodes d’apparence plus consensuelle : les campagnes d’information multimédias avertissant des #dangers du voyage.

    « Et au lieu d’aller de l’avant, il pensa à rentrer. Par le biais d’un serment, il dit à son cousin décédé : “Si Dieu doit m’ôter la vie, que ce soit dans mon pays bien-aimé.” » Cette #chanson en espagnol raconte le périple d’un Mexicain qui, ayant vu son cousin mourir au cours du voyage vers les États-Unis, se résout à rebrousser chemin. Enregistrée en 2008 grâce à des fonds gouvernementaux américains, elle fut envoyée aux radios de plusieurs pays d’Amérique centrale par une agence de #publicité privée, laquelle se garda bien de révéler l’identité du commanditaire (1).

    Arme de découragement typiquement américaine ? Plusieurs États européens recourent eux aussi à ces méthodes de #communication_dissuasive, en particulier depuis la « crise » des réfugiés de l’été 2015. En #Hongrie comme au #Danemark, les pouvoirs publics ont financé des publicités dans des quotidiens libanais et jordaniens. « Les Hongrois sont hospitaliers, mais les sanctions les plus sévères sont prises à l’encontre de ceux qui tentent d’entrer illégalement en Hongrie », lisait-on ici. « Le Parlement danois vient d’adopter un règlement visant à réduire de 50 % les prestations sociales pour les réfugiés nouvellement arrivés », apprenait-on là (2). En 2017, plusieurs #artistes ouest-africains dansaient et chantaient dans un #clip intitulé #Bul_Sank_sa_Bakane_bi (« Ne risque pas ta vie »). « L’immigration est bonne si elle est légale », « Reste en Afrique pour la développer, il n’y a pas mieux qu’ici », « Jeunesse, ce que tu ignores, c’est qu’à l’étranger ce n’est pas aussi facile que tu le crois », clamait cette chanson financée par le gouvernement italien dans le cadre d’une opération de l’#Organisation_internationale_pour_les_migrations (#OIM) baptisée « #Migrants_conscients » (3).

    « Pourquoi risquer votre vie ? »

    Ces campagnes qui ciblent des personnes n’ayant pas encore tenté de rejoindre l’Occident, mais susceptibles de vouloir le faire, insistent sur l’inutilité de l’immigration irrégulière (ceux qui s’y essaient seront systématiquement renvoyés chez eux) et sur les rigueurs de l’« État-providence ». Elles mettent en avant les dangers du voyage, la dureté des #conditions_de_vie dans les pays de transit et de destination, les #risques de traite, de trafic, d’exploitation ou tout simplement de mort. Point commun de ces mises en scène : ne pas évoquer les politiques restrictives qui rendent l’expérience migratoire toujours plus périlleuse. Elles cherchent plutôt à agir sur les #choix_individuels.

    Déployées dans les pays de départ et de transit, elles prolongent l’#externalisation du contrôle migratoire (4) et complètent la surveillance policière des frontières par des stratégies de #persuasion. L’objectif de #contrôle_migratoire disparaît sous une terminologie doucereuse : ces campagnes sont dites d’« #information » ou de « #sensibilisation », un vocabulaire qui les associe à des actions humanitaires, destinées à protéger les aspirants au départ. Voire à protéger les populations restées au pays des mensonges de leurs proches : une vidéo financée par la #Suisse (5) à destination du Cameroun enjoint ainsi de se méfier des récits des émigrés, supposés enjoliver l’expérience migratoire (« Ne croyez pas tout ce que vous entendez »).

    Initialement appuyées sur des médias traditionnels, ces actions se développent désormais via #Facebook, #Twitter ou #YouTube. En #Australie, le gouvernement a réalisé en 2014 une série de petits films traduits dans une quinzaine de langues parlées en Asie du Sud-Est, en Afghanistan et en Indonésie : « Pas question. Vous ne ferez pas de l’Australie votre chez-vous. » Des responsables militaires en treillis exposent d’un ton martial la politique de leur pays : « Si vous voyagez par bateau sans visa, vous ne pourrez jamais faire de l’Australie votre pays. Il n’y a pas d’exception. Ne croyez pas les mensonges des passeurs » (6).

    Les concepteurs ont sollicité YouTube afin que la plate-forme diffuse les #vidéos sous la forme de publicités précédant les contenus recherchés par des internautes susceptibles d’émigrer. Le recours aux #algorithmes permet en effet de cibler les utilisateurs dont le profil indique qu’ils parlent certaines langues, comme le farsi ou le vietnamien. De même, en privilégiant des vidéos populaires chez les #jeunes, YouTube facilite le #ciblage_démographique recherché. Par la suite, ces clips ont envahi les fils d’actualités Facebook de citoyens australiens issus de l’immigration, sélectionnés par l’#algorithme car ils parlent l’une des langues visées par la campagne. En s’adressant à ces personnes nées en Australie, les autorités espéraient qu’elles inviteraient elles-mêmes les ressortissants de leur pays d’origine à rester chez eux (7).

    C’est également vers Facebook que se tourne le gouvernement de la #Norvège en 2015. Accusé de passivité face à l’arrivée de réfugiés à la frontière russe, il finance la réalisation de deux vidéos, « Pourquoi risquer votre vie ? » et « Vous risquez d’être renvoyés » (8). Les utilisateurs du réseau social avaient initialement la possibilité de réagir, par le biais des traditionnels « j’aime » ou en postant des commentaires, ce qui aurait dû permettre une circulation horizontale, voire virale, de ces vidéos. Mais l’option fut suspendue après que la page eut été inondée de commentaires haineux issus de l’extrême droite, suscitant l’embarras de l’État.

    Ici encore, Facebook offre — ou plutôt, commercialise — la possibilité de cibler des jeunes hommes originaires d’Afghanistan, d’Éthiopie et d’Érythrée, dont le gouvernement norvégien considère qu’ils ne relèvent pas du droit d’asile. L’algorithme sélectionne en particulier les personnes situées hors de leur pays d’origine qui ont fait des recherches sur Internet dénotant leur intérêt pour l’Europe et la migration. Il s’agit de toucher des migrants en transit, qui hésitent quant à leur destination, et de les dissuader de choisir la Norvège. Les Syriens ne font pas partie des nationalités visées, afin de ne pas violer le droit d’asile. De même, le message mentionne explicitement que seuls les adultes seront refoulés, afin de ne pas contester le droit des enfants à être pris en charge.

    À plusieurs reprises, depuis 2015, les autorités belges ont elles aussi utilisé Facebook pour ce type d’initiatives (9). En 2018, des photographies de centres de détention et d’un jeune migrant menotté, assorties du slogan « Non à l’immigration illégale. Ne venez pas en #Belgique » (10), furent relayées à partir d’une page Facebook créée pour l’occasion par l’Office des étrangers. Cette page n’existait toutefois qu’en anglais, ce qui a fait croire à un faux (y compris parmi les forces de l’ordre), poussant le gouvernement belge à la supprimer au profit d’un site plus classique, humblement intitulé « Faits sur la Belgique » (11).

    Si de telles initiatives prolifèrent, c’est que les États européens sont engagés dans une course à la dissuasion qui les oppose les uns aux autres. Le 30 mai 2018, en France, M. Gérard Collomb, alors ministre de l’intérieur, affirmait lors d’une audition au Sénat que les migrants faisaient du « #benchmarking » pour identifier les pays les plus accueillants. Cette opinion semble partagée par ses pairs, et les États se montrent non seulement fermes, mais soucieux de le faire savoir.

    Le recours aux plates-formes de la Silicon Valley s’impose d’autant plus aisément que les autorités connaissent l’importance de ces outils dans le parcours des migrants. Une très large majorité d’entre eux sont en effet connectés. Ils dépendent de leur #téléphone_portable pour communiquer avec leur famille, se repérer grâce au #GPS, se faire comprendre par-delà les barrières linguistiques, conserver des photographies et des témoignages des atrocités qui justifient leur demande d’asile, appeler au secours en cas de naufrage ou de danger, ou encore retrouver des connaissances et des compatriotes dispersés.

    Un doute taraudait les autorités des États occidentaux : en connectant les individus et en leur facilitant l’accès à diverses sources d’information, les #technologies_numériques ne conféraient-elles pas une plus grande #autonomie aux migrants ? Ne facilitaient-elles pas en définitive l’immigration irrégulière (12) ? Dès lors, elles s’emploieraient à faire de ces mêmes outils la solution au problème : ils renseignent sur la #localisation et les caractéristiques des migrants, fournissant un canal privilégié de communication vers des publics ciblés.

    Systématiquement financées par les États occidentaux et impliquant de plus en plus souvent les géants du numérique, ces campagnes mobilisent aussi d’autres acteurs. Adopté sous les auspices de l’Organisation des Nations unies en 2018, le pacte mondial pour des migrations sûres, ordonnées et régulières (ou pacte de Marrakech) recommande ainsi de « mener des campagnes d’information multilingues et factuelles », d’organiser des « réunions de sensibilisation dans les pays d’origine », et ce notamment pour « mettre en lumière les risques qu’il y a à entreprendre une migration irrégulière pleine de dangers ». Le Haut-Commissariat pour les réfugiés (HCR) et l’OIM jouent donc le rôle d’intermédiaires privilégiés pour faciliter le financement de ces campagnes des États occidentaux en dehors de leur territoire.

    Efficacité douteuse

    Interviennent également des entreprises privées spécialisées dans le #marketing et la #communication. Installée à Hongkong, #Seefar développe des activités de « #communication_stratégique » à destination des migrants potentiels en Afghanistan ou en Afrique de l’Ouest. La société australienne #Put_It_Out_There_Pictures réalise pour sa part des vidéos de #propagande pour le compte de gouvernements occidentaux, comme le #téléfilm #Journey, qui met en scène des demandeurs d’asile tentant d’entrer clandestinement en Australie.

    Enfin, des associations humanitaires et d’aide au développement contribuent elles aussi à ces initiatives. Créée en 2015, d’abord pour secourir des migrants naufragés en Méditerranée, l’organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) #Proactiva_Open_Arms s’est lancée dans des projets de ce type en 2019 au Sénégal (13). Au sein des pays de départ, des pans entiers de la société se rallient à ces opérations : migrants de retour, journalistes, artistes, dirigeants associatifs et religieux… En Guinée, des artistes autrefois engagés pour l’ouverture des frontières militent à présent pour l’#immobilisation de leurs jeunes compatriotes (14).

    Le #discours_humanitaire consensuel qui argue de la nécessité de protéger les migrants en les informant facilite la coopération entre États, organisations internationales, secteurs privé et associatif. La plupart de ces acteurs sont pourtant étrangers au domaine du strict contrôle des frontières. Leur implication témoigne de l’extension du domaine de la lutte contre l’immigration irrégulière.

    Avec quelle #efficacité ? Il existe très peu d’évaluations de l’impact de ces campagnes. En 2019, une étude norvégienne (15) a analysé leurs effets sur des migrants en transit à Khartoum, avec des résultats peu concluants. Ils étaient peu nombreux à avoir eu connaissance des messages gouvernementaux et ils s’estimaient de toute manière suffisamment informés, y compris à propos des aspects les plus sombres de l’expérience migratoire. Compte tenu de la couverture médiatique des drames de l’immigration irrégulière, il paraît en effet vraisemblable que les migrants potentiels connaissent les risques… mais qu’ils migrent quand même.

    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2021/03/PECOUD/62833
    #migrations #réfugiés #privatisation #Italie #humanitaire #soft_power

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    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les #campagnes de #dissuasion à l’#émigration :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/763551

    ping @isskein @karine4 @_kg_ @rhoumour @etraces

  • En #Italie, ils résistent à la bactérie tueuse d’#oliviers
    https://reporterre.net/En-Italie-ils-resistent-a-la-bacterie-tueuse-d-oliviers

    Des oléiculteurs des #Pouilles, dans le sud de l’Italie, expérimentent des soins pour combattre les ravages de la bactérie #Xylella et pour préserver leurs oliviers centenaires d’un remplacement par une #agriculture_intensive.

  • Migrants à la frontière franco-italienne : « La solidarité n’est pas un délit ! »

    Alors que se tiendront, le 22 avril et le 27 mai à Gap et à Grenoble, les procès de plusieurs personnes solidaires de migrants, les élus écologistes #Damien_Carême et #Guillaume_Gontard ont lancé un #appel pour demander au gouvernement français de cesser ses pratiques indignes.

    #Tribune. L’hiver est officiellement fini. Pas celui qui s’abat sur les personnes exilées et celles qui sont solidaires. Cet hiver-là est le plus rude de tous : indigne, violent, inhumain. À Montgenèvre (Hautes-Alpes), village au-dessus de Briançon encore sous la neige, la situation ne cesse de se dégrader depuis des semaines.

    A 1 800 mètres d’altitude, le gouvernement français militarise et montre les poings, pensant ainsi en mettre, des points, sur des « i » fantasmagoriques : il y aurait des migrants dangereux, il y aurait des personnes solidaires complices, il y aurait un flot d’arrivées massives. Et la seule solution serait de rejeter, humilier, édifier des murs.

    C’est un mensonge.

    Les personnes solidaires ne sont pas des coupables. Ils et elles ne sont pas des hors-la-loi. La Cour de cassation de Lyon l’a confirmé, le 31 mars, en relaxant définitivement Cédric Herrou.

    La solidarité n’est pas un délit !

    Les atteintes portées aux droits sont récurrentes

    Pourtant, à Montgenèvre, le gouvernement choisit la répression. Et, chaque semaine, il surenchérit dans cette voie inhumaine. Il bafoue les droits français, européen et international et les droits des êtres humains, en toute impunité, tout en distillant sournoisement l’idée que la solidarité sert de planque à de sombres desseins. C’est de la manipulation.

    Les faits, graves, sont dénoncés depuis des semaines par une vingtaine de parlementaires qui se sont rendus, et continuent de se rendre, sur place pour les constater et témoigner : droit d’asile piétiné, assistance médicale empêchée, mise en danger d’autrui, séparation de la famille, poursuites abusives de bénévoles, gardes à vue de journalistes, interpellations, amendes et interrogatoires abusifs, tentatives d’intimidations… Les atteintes portées aux droits sont récurrentes.

    Cette situation honteuse dans les Hautes-Alpes se déroule à l’identique dans les Alpes-Maritimes, à la frontière entre Menton et Vintimille : la criminalisation des personnes solidaires s’y exerce de la même manière, les personnes exilées y sont refoulées avec la même fermeté. Cette même situation vécue, avant, dans la vallée de la Roya ou que vivent, sur certains aspects, les Pyrénées à la frontière franco-espagnole.

    Une folie sécuritaire de la France et de l’UE

    Dans cette folie sécuritaire, l’Union européenne (UE) et le gouvernement déploient aux frontières intérieures et extérieures de l’UE des moyens financiers démesurés pour une politique qui, en plus d’être indigne et inhumaine, est inefficace. Aucun mur, rien ni personne, n’empêchera jamais un être humain de mettre un pied devant l’autre pour sauver sa vie.

    Cette folie est responsable de drames, de vies brisées au bout d’un parcours déjà jalonné de souffrances pour ces familles qui partent sur la route de l’exil avec des femmes enceintes, de jeunes enfants, des nourrissons, des personnes âgées. Le gouvernement français doit respecter le droit français, le droit européen, le droit international comme les droits d’asile et les droits humains.

    Les personnes exilées, les personnes solidaires et les associations d’aide doivent être traitées dignement. Elles ne sont pas des délinquantes.

    Les exilés ne doivent être ni victimes ni alibis de cette folie sécuritaire.

    La détermination des bénévoles

    N’en déplaise au gouvernement, la solidarité est partout sur le territoire français. Les bénévoles qui tentent, malgré les intimidations qu’ils subissent, de porter secours et assistance aux personnes en exil sont le visage de nos valeurs républicaines : la fraternité, la solidarité. Ces bénévoles n’ont pas renoncé à un Etat de droit capable d’accueillir et de protéger. Ils continuent d’agir, de jour comme de nuit, même quand l’hiver alpin sévit. Ils agissent par humanité.

    Pourtant, ces personnes risquent gros… Malgré la décision du Conseil constitutionnel du 6 juillet 2018 reconnaissant la fraternité comme un principe à valeur constitutionnelle, la mettre concrètement en œuvre peut encore mener derrière les barreaux. C’est ce que risquent plusieurs citoyens solidaires, ces prochaines semaines, au cours de deux procès qui s’annoncent :

    Le 22 avril, à Gap, contre deux citoyens solidaires briançonnais, poursuivis pour « aide à l’entrée illégale et à la circulation sur le territoire national de personnes en situation irrégulière » pour avoir porté secours à une famille afghane sur le territoire français.

    Le 27 mai, à Grenoble, contre sept citoyens solidaires briançonnais pour avoir participé, le 22 avril 2018, à une manifestation qui visait à dénoncer l’action de Génération Identitaire présente la veille au col de l’Échelle (Hautes-Alpes), ainsi que la militarisation de la frontière. Ce qu’il se passe aujourd’hui à nos frontières est insupportable.

    Pour le respect du droit national et international

    Les dénis de droits et les violences exercées ne peuvent être plus longtemps supportés.

    Nous, signataires de cette tribune, demandons au gouvernement français de cesser ses pratiques indignes, illégales, illégitimes et dangereuses à la frontière. Nous lui demandons de respecter le droit national et international. Nous lui demandons d’en finir avec son récit mensonger. Nous, signataires de cette tribune, demandons au gouvernement français d’ouvrir les yeux sur la réalité d’un territoire où les initiatives solidaires sont bien réelles.

    Il en va de la dignité de notre pays. Après l’hiver, le printemps.

    Les premiers signataires de cette tribune : Damien Carême, député européen (EELV), président de l’Association nationale des villes et territoires accueillants (Anvita) ; Elsa Faucillon, députée (Hauts-de-Seine, PCF) ; François Gemenne, chercheur, spécialiste des migrations internationales ; Guillaume Gontard, sénateur (Isère, EELV), président du Groupe écologiste-Solidarité & Territoires ; Cédric Herrou, Emmaüs Roya ; Martine Landry, Amnesty international, Alpes-Maritimes ; Aurélien Taché, député (Val-d’Oise, Les Nouveaux Démocrates) ; Sophie Taillé-Polian, sénatrice (Val-de-Marne), Génération. s, Groupe écologiste-Solidarité & Tterritoires ; Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, directrice de recherche au CNRS.

    Liste complète des signataires : https://europeecologie.eu/tribune-a-la-frontiere-franco-italienne-le-gouvernement-francais-doit

    https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2021/04/20/migrants-a-la-frontiere-franco-italienne-la-solidarite-n-est-pas-un-delit_60

    #asile #migrations #frontières #France #Italie #Briançon #Hautes-Alpes #Briançonnais #frontière_sud-alpine

    juste pour info, j’ai aussi co-signé la tribune...

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    ajouté à la métaliste sur les Hautes-Alpes :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/733721