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.

Shadow report: discrimination against Eritrean asylum seekers is racially motivated.

CSDM condemns Switzerland’s discriminatory pratices vis-à-vis Eritrean asylum seekers before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Switzerland’s lack of progress since the CERD Committee’s Concluding Observations of 2014 is striking. Of particular concern is the situation of Eritrean asylum seekers which has worsened dramatically in the wake of the Swiss migration authorities’ radical change of practice in 2017 – 2019. As we explain in our alternative report, this change of practice targets specifically Eritrean asylum seekers denying them protection from non-refoulement for which they qualify under international law. Further, Eritrean nationals who are already legally residing in Switzerland have their residence authorization withdrawn, leaving them in legal limbo since expulsions to Eritrea cannot be executed.

The aim of this shadow report is to highlight the above practice which is driven by racial discrimination and which ultimately exposes the persons concerned to the risk of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or forced labor in Eritrea or a life without a recognized immigration status in Switzerland depriving them of their human dignity.

Read our shadow report here.

Study by Prof. Maiani on family unity in Dublin Regulation proceedings now available in French, German and Italian.

The Protection of Family Unity in Dublin Procedures: Towards a Protection-Oriented Implementation Practice, CSDM October 2019, discusses the protection of family unity in proceedings arising under the Dublin III Regulation against the backdrop of the Swiss authorities’ practice. The analysis is relevant to any national administration applying the regulation and provides important guidance for European legal practitioners representing asylum seekers.

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