Minniti bagnato, Minniti contestato

Minniti contestato a Londra.

Non è bastata la manifestazione del 2 marzo.

Non sono bastate le primarie vinte dal candidato “di sinistra” (?) Zingaretti.

Non sono bastate le dichiarazioni di principio.

Non è bastato che parlamentari del PD salissero sulla nave Diciotti.

Non sono bastate tutte queste cose per far dimenticare le responsabilità dell’ex-Ministro dell’Interno Minniti e del Partito Democratico sulla gestione della questione migranti. Né il famoso “Aiutiamoli a casa loro” di Renzi nel 2017. Tutti elementi che hanno pesantemente contribuito a spostare a destra il dibattito e anche l’elettorato di sinistra italiano.

Già…perché giova sempre ricordare le malefatte di poco più di un anno fa!

L’accordo con le tribù libiche per bloccare gli sbarchi relegando i migranti in quei buchi neri di disperazione che sono i centri di detenzione in Libia fu opera di Minniti. E già all’epoca lo denunciammo chiaramente.

Forse lui, Renzi e Gentiloni credevano che mostrando il pugno di ferro contro i migranti gli Italiani non avrebbero votato Salvini… Tragico errore… Le persone preferiscono sempre l’originale all’imitazione! Così il “Capitano” non finirà mai di ringraziare l’uomo forte dell’ex-PCI essendo riuscito a intascare i dividenti della politica minnitiana.

Così come giova ricordare che i CPR sono stati introdotti non dal tanto vituperato Salvini, ma dal democratico Minniti.

E giova ricordare che proprio nella Milano dei 200.000 in piazza contro il razzismo a giugno aprirà un CPR. Il primo d’Italia! Forse se qualcuno prendesse parola chiaramente sulla questione non sarebbe male…

Dicevamo che molti non dimenticano le malefatte del PD e dei suoi uomini. E non solo in Italia.

Oggi l’ex-uomo forte del Governo Gentiloni è stato duramente contestato a Londra da studentesse e studenti durante durante e alla fine della conferenza “The situation of the Mediterranean Sea, migration, and security”.

Questo il testo che spiega la contestazione di oggi:

We are a group of students, academics, and activists based in the UK. On March 12, 2019, former Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti is giving a talk at the London School of Economics (LSE) on “the situation of the Mediterranean Sea, migration, and security”. We want to draw attention to how Minniti has directly led to the consolidation of the current deadly state of affairs for people on the move across the Mediterranean and in Libya. As Interior Minister under the centre-left coalition government of Gentiloni (2016-2018), Minniti initiated, pursued and enacted the followig: The externalisation of the EU border to Libya and the sealing of the Mediterranean route. In February 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding with Libya (MoU) was signed between Italy and the Serraj government, stressing the importance of state sovereignty and territorial integrity over the protection of asylum seekers, and aiming to stop migrant departures across the Mediterranean to Italy. This MoU clashes with the principle of non-refoulement inscribed in International Refugee Law that forbids states from returning asylum seekers to countries where they would be in danger of persecution. In March 2017, a group of six Libyan lawyers, jurists and politicians managed to win their appeal and get the court in Tripoli to suspend this MoU deeming it unconstitutional and illegitimate. Nevertheless, the MoU set the scene for sealing the Mediterranean for people on the move by tasking Libyan coastguards to bring them back, and sentenced them to imprisonment in detention centres in Libya. Minniti went on to strike various deals with Libyan ‘authorities’ (many of whom are armed militias and para-state groups, often involved in human smuggling) and secretly negotiated an agreement to ‘secure’ Libyan borderswith Chad, Niger and Algeria (March 2017). He also enabled the further externalization of European borders by supporting and funding Libya’s border patrol on the southern border and rebuilding the Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean. This policy was endorsed by 27 EUrepresentatives during the Foreign Affairs Council summit in July 2017. The criminalisation of solidarity and rescue of people on the move. During the summer of 2017 Minniti was responsible for the creation of the Code of Conduct (CoC) for NGOs rescuing people in distress at sea, marking a big step towards the criminalisation of rescue and solidarity that has since been escalated by Interior Minister Salvini. The Association for Judicial Studies on Immigration has called this ‘an exercise of jurisdiction that is at odds with the basic principles of the Law of the Sea’, resulting in ‘objectively diminishing the capacity of NGOs operating at sea to save lives’, as, for one, the CoC prohibits transferring persons to other vessels even when lives are at risk. It also obliges NGOs to cooperate with the search and rescue operations of the Libyan coastguard, despite ample evidence of the dangerous actions disregarding basic norms of safety at sea undertaken by the latter both within and beyond the outer limits of Libyan territorial waters. Finally, it aimed to enforce the presence of armed police officers on NGO vessels and requested their collaboration in investigations, going against the humanitarian principle of neutrality of the NGOs. The curtailing of asylum seekers’ access to justice while increasing deportations. The main aim of the Minniti-Orlando Decree (April 2017) was ‘to curtail illegal immigration’ by expanding detention capacity so as to increase deportations. The plan was to build a detention centre hosting 1600 people in every Italian region. In addition, in order to speed up international protection procedures, the new law allows for only two jurisdictional levels instead of three for appealing against an asylum decision, thus reducing asylum seekers’ guarantees and possibilities for eligibility for asylum. Finally, asylum seekers won’t have to appear before judges anymore, allowing for judges’ decisions to be based solely on the video-recordings of the applicants’ interviews with the Territorial Commission. As a result, asylum seekers’ right to defense is substantially curtailed, thus limiting their access to justice. These policies have resulted in hundreds of thousands of people being trapped in Libya, arbitrarily detained, tortured, raped, enslaved and exploited. They also resulted in greatly diminishing the work of NGOs doing rescue at sea, which led to an increased death rate in the Mediterranean Sea. Current Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (leader of the far-right party Lega, currently in a coalition government with the 5 Star Movement) has been implementing ever more horrific policies with regards to migration (see for instance the ‘closed ports’ strategy and the ‘decreto sicurezza’). While wholeheartedly denouncing these policies, we would like to underline that Salvini’s actions vis-à-vis migration are in continuation with those initiated by Minniti. We therefore take this opportunity to denounce the murderous policies of both centre-left and right-wing governments in Italy – which have almost unanimously been supported and funded by the EU. In the face of the current lack of alternatives to these racist politics of exclusion and death among EU governments, we call for a radical rethinking of current mobility regimes, starting with putting an end to the externalisation of EU borders on African territory (a neo-colonial act of mobility control) and the lifting of visa impositions which make it impossible for the vast majority of the world’s population to travel legally and safely.




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