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Thousands of African child migrants feared in thrall to Italian traffickers

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Guardian

More than 3,000 minors may have fallen victim to forced labour and sexual exploitation after vanishing from homes and shelters

Thousands of migrant children are disappearing after arriving in mainland Europe, triggering concerns that they are falling prey to a new and thriving market for child trafficking and forced labour.

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Ending Mare Nostrum search and rescue operation would ‘put lives at risk’

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Amnesty

Italy’s proposal to end its Mare Nostrum search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea would put the lives of thousands of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Europe at risk, Amnesty International said today.

Italy’s Minister of Interior Angelino Alfano has proposed that Mare Nostrum, which was launched a year ago today and has saved tens of thousands of lives at sea, should end when Frontex’s new border operation Triton starts on 1 November.

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Kobane’s population must be protected, says Mogherini. 300,000 euros in aid from Italian Cooperation

To tackle the serious humanitarian crisis caused by the ISIS siege of the Syrian town of Kobane, Italian Cooperation has earmarked 300,000 euros for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help the Kurds fleeing towards the Turkish-Syrian border. “The situation in Kobane is dramatic and the population needs urgent protection”, said Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini. “Italy, along with the international community, is engaged in the effort to defeat ISIS and help thousands of people living in a dramatic situation.

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UNHCR concerned over ending of rescue operation in the Mediterranean

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

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Libya + 3 others
IOM Libya Situation Report, as of 12 October 2014

Highlights

  • Evacuation of over 250 migrants of different nationalities accomplished via Tunisia, Egypt or directly out of Tripoli

  • Over 900 emergency relief kits distributed among people in need within Tripoli city area, departing migrants and those in detention centres

  • Almost 1,036 migrants from different countries tracked and scheduled to receive repatriation support through the IOM network

  • 2 capacity building trainings for humanitarian and psychosocial workers carried out in Zarzis, Tunisia

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Serbia + 1 other
Italy donates funds for flood relief

Belgrade, 10 Oct 2014 – The Serbian government’s Office for assistance and rehabilitation of the flooded areas stated today that the Italian government, at the proposal of the Office, approved the financing of a project worth €800,000 for the clean-up of flood damages caused to the water management infrastructure.

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Italy + 6 others
Mediterranean Irregular Migrants: Syria Now Top Sending Country

Italy - Some 8,736 irregular Syrian migrants have arrived in Italy by sea in recent weeks, bringing the total number of Syrian arrivals this year through the end of September to 32,681 – the largest number from any country – overtaking 32,537 from Eritrea.

“In September, there were more Syrians than Eritreans,” said IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo. “Both groups are fleeing from war and persecution. Together they represent almost half of the total number of migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Italy by sea this year.”

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World + 4 others
EU: Act to Save Lives at Sea

Justice and Home Affairs Council Meeting in Luxembourg

(Brussels, October 9, 2014) – European Union member states’ justice and home affairs ministers meeting in Luxembourg should take forward a comprehensive and collective EU response to search and rescue needs in the central Mediterranean to urgently save lives, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.

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"Water cooperation is about human dignity”

On 3 October, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, took part in the launch of the 2014 edition of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) at the Italian Parliament in Rome, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Gian Luca Galletti, Italian Minister of the Environment and Protection of the Land and Sea, a range of Parliamentarians as well as members of academia and the diplomatic corps in Italy.

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Tragedy at Sea in Lampedusa: One Year On

One year after 368 migrants, mainly Eritreans, lost their lives in the Mediterranean trying to reach Italy, survivors of the tragedy and relatives of the victims will return to the island of Lampedusa today for the first time to commemorate the event.

IOM Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing, who met last year with the survivors of the shipwreck and heard their stories, will take part in the commemoration.

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Italy + 3 others
MSF insta a la UE y a Italia a que no abandonen a los refugiados en el mar

Un año después del trágico naufragio frente a la isla italiana de Lampedusa, guerras como las de Siria, las crisis prolongadas que sufren distintos países en conflicto y el caos que impera en Libia, continúan empujando a un número sin precedentes de refugiados hacia Europa.

Los equipos médicos de Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF) han constatado en Sicilia que quienes llegan lo hacen en una situación cada vez más vulnerable, por lo que insta a la Unión Europea (UE) a que mantenga activas sus operaciones de búsqueda y rescate en el Mediterráneo.

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The “Lampedusa Tragedy”, one year after

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Terre des hommes

Terre des Hommes: “Channels for regular arrivals of migrants, now ! The sole priority is to save lives. The rest is just words.”

Milano/Brussels, 03 October 2014 – A year after the tragic sinking of Lampedusa, which highlighted the danger of leaving migration flows in the hands of smugglers, Terre des Hommes continues asking the Italian government and the European Union to establish regular and legal entry channels into Europe for people fleeing from war, disasters and poverty.

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Sierra Leone + 14 others
Defeating Ebola conference in London: International community pledges more health workers, funding and supplies

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Representatives from more than 20 governments, a dozen NGOs, the UN and a number of multinational companies have pledged emergency medical facilities, health workers to provide care and training to local staff, funding, equipment and logistics.

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Eritrea + 1 other
Dire human rights situation in Eritrea persists, UN Special Rapporteur warns

GENEVA (29 September 2014) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, today warned that human rights violations continue to be committed on a large scale, compelling hundreds of Eritreans, many of them very young, to leave their home country in search of safer havens where they can enjoy their fundamental human rights.

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Italy + 3 others
Italy and the EU must not abandon refugees at sea

London, 2 October 2014 – One year after the tragic shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa in Italy, wars such as that in Syria and protracted crises and chaos in Libya continue to push an unprecedented number of refugees to Europe. As the patients seen by Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical teams in Sicily are increasingly more vulnerable, the European Union (EU) must continue active search and rescue operations to save lives in the Mediterranean, MSF said today.

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Tide of tragedy in Med still rising, year on from Lampedusa

10/02/2014 16:47 GMT

by Laure BRUMONT

ROME, October 2, 2014 (AFP) - A year after more than 360 Africans perished on a burning, sinking ship off Lampedusa there is no end in sight to the stream of migrant tragedies in the Mediterranean, or the political row over how to stop them recurring.

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Italy + 8 others
Les traversées clandestines en Méditerranée sont de plus en plus meurtrières

De nouvelles statistiques sur les traversées clandestines en Méditerranée, pour le troisième trimestre 2014, montrent une hausse alarmante du nombre de personnes qui périssent durant leur tentative de rejoindre l'Europe.

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Italy + 8 others
So close, yet so far from safety

On eve of Lampedusa disaster anniversary, UNHCR warns that irregular Mediterranean crossings becoming more deadly

New data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean, covering the third quarter of 2014, show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe.

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Lives adrift: Refugees and migrants in peril in the central Mediterranean

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Amnesty

The death toll in the Mediterranean rises while Europe looks the other way

A year on from the Lampedusa shipwrecks, which claimed more than 500 lives, a new report by Amnesty International highlights how the shameful inaction of European Union (EU) countries has contributed to a spiralling death toll with thousands of refugees and migrants losing their lives in a desperate bid to reach European shores.

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Eritrea + 1 other
UN expert to investigate pervasive rights abuses as part of ‘historic’ inquiry

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UN News Service

29 September 2014 – Amid forced conscription, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the human rights situation in Eritrea continues to remain “dire,” a United Nations independent expert warned, adding that a new Commission of Inquiry would help “pave the way” to accountability.

“The creation of my Special Rapporteur’s mandate has increased international awareness about the large-scale violations of human rights in Eritrea,” said Sheila B. Keetharuth, adding that “concrete steps are urgently needed to address such violations.”