Les Nouvelles du CSDM / Décembre 2021

Depuis sa création en 2014 le CSDM a remporté des victoires significatives auprès des instances internationales. Notamment, ces deux derniers mois le CAT (Comité contre la torture des Nations Unies) et la CDE (Comité des droits de l’enfant des Nations Unies) ont rendu des décisions importantes en faveur de nos mandants, soulignant sans complaisance les manquements des instances nationales suisses et confirmant ainsi, une fois de plus, la nécessité de notre travail et notre expertise.

Pour en savoir plus sur nos activités récentes, voir notre Newsletter de décembre 2021.

Newsletter décembre 2020

2020 – une année riche en défis et militantisme. 

Malgré une année marquée par la pandémie et le fort ralentissement de l’activité des instances internationales, notamment celle des organes des traités onusiens, notre militantisme en faveur des migrants et requérants d’asile s’est poursuivi sans relâche !

Pour en savoir plus sur nos activités récentes, voir notre Newsletter de décembre 2020.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) also in the Mediterranean

Policing the Central Mediterranean: mass drownings and systematic torture of persons of African descent : CSDM submission on racism in EU border control practices for the upcomming report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the subject of human rights violations by law enforcement agencies against Africans and persons of African descent.

European border control practices have made the Central Mediterranean the deadliest migration route in the world. Thousands of Africans drown every year because European states have decided not to put an end to preventable deaths but have instead obstructed independent NGO rescue operations. Thousands of other refugees and migrants are « pulled back » to Libya – with European assistance – where they face extreme violence including torture, rape, starvation and forced labour.

Today we have submitted information to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in view of the preparation of the report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Africans and of people of African descent against excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers (Human Rights Council Resolution 43/1).

In our submission, we urge the High Commissioner to shed light on the illegal law enforcement practices in the Central Mediterranean and call for the establishment of international mechanisms to bring them to an end, including the creation of avenues for redress for victims.     

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Torture of Migrants in Libya: « Can Italy be Held Accountable under Article 20 UNCAT for its Role in the ‘Pull-back’ of Migrants »?

In the Swiss law journal Asyl, we explore whether Italy can be held accountable under the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment for the human rights violations againt migrants pulled back to Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard.

For article in pdf, click here.   

CSDM Requests UN Inquiry into Italy’s Role in the Torture of Migrants in Libya

The CSDM has submitted a formal request to the UN Committee against Torture to launch an inquiry procedure under Article 20 CAT concerning Italy’s conduct in the Central Mediterranean which is leading to the mass torture, rape and forced labour of thousands of refugees and migrants pulled back to Libya.