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27 May 2015 description

The increase in Triton’s resources and operational area, confirmed by the European Commission (EC) today as it presented additional proposals around the European Agenda on Migration, will at last move towards closing the search and rescue gap created by the closure of Italy’s defunct Operation Mare Nostrum, enabling it to save more lives at sea, said Amnesty International.

27 May 2015 description
report European Commission
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Proposal for a Council decision on provisional relocation measures for Italy and Greece

Brussels, 27 May 2015

Two weeks after presenting the European Agenda on Migration, the Commission is today adopting the first proposals of its comprehensive approach to improving the management of migration.

27 May 2015 description
report Government of Italy

Humanitarian supplies organised by Italian Development Cooperation arrived today, 26 May 2015, at the Ibrahim Khali/Zakho border crossing between Turkey and Iraq. The shipment left Italy from the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) at Brindisi and is headed for Dohuk, in the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan. It will then be distributed to the Kurdish-Syrian population of the Rojava Hassaké enclave.

27 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Los operativos contra traficantes de inmigrantes deben respetar las leyes de derechos humanos

26 DE MAYO DE 2015

(Bruselas) – Las acciones militares de la Unión Europea (UE) contra las redes de tráfico de personas no deben poner en peligro las vidas y los derechos de los migrantes y solicitantes de asilo en peligro, dijo hoy Human Rights Watch. El 18 de mayo de 2015, el Consejo de la Unión Europea acordó crear una operación naval, EUNAVFOR Med, para identificar, capturar y destruir los barcos usados por los traficantes de inmigrantes en el Mediterráneo.

26 May 2015 description
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Human Rights Council

Twenty-ninth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development


The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants conducted a visit to Italy from 2 to 6 December 2014. He visited Rome and held consultations with government officials, civil society organizations and agencies of the United Nations.

25 May 2015 description

Heading for waters off the Libyan coast aboard rescue ship the MY Phoenix, run in partnership with MOAS, MSF’s Dr Erna Rijnierse speaks of her work caring for those rescued in the Mediterranean Sea.

24 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

ROME, May 24 (Reuters) - Seventy Afghan and Iraqi migrants were rescued from a packed boat off the southeastern coast of Italy and brought to shore on Sunday, Italy's coast guard said.

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23 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Relocation plan to respond to emergency in Italy, Greece

  • Additional resettlement plan for 20,000 migrants

  • Quota system has proven controversial

By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS, May 22 (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to propose next week that 40,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat in Italy and Greece should be relocated across the continent in response to what it considers an emergency situation in both countries.

22 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 21 May 2015 10:29 GMT

ROME, May 21 (Reuters) - More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said on Thursday. One body was recovered.

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20 May 2015 description
report Government of Italy

Italy has donated the Nepalese Government health devices for the hospital ofTrisuli and tents to replace schools destroyed by the quake

19 May 2015 description
report European Union

The Council has agreed today (18 May) to establish an EU military operation - EUNAVFOR Med- to break the business model of smugglers and traffickers of people in the Mediterranean. This decision, which is one element of the comprehensive EU response to the migration challenge, will enable the formal start of the operational planning for the naval operation.

19 May 2015 description

Italy - Over 12,460 migrants arrived by sea to Italy in the month of May, according to IOM estimates. This brings the total number of migrants arriving in Italy since January 2015, based on IOM’s estimates, to 38,690.

After a few days without landings – presumably because of bad weather conditions – sea crossings have picked up again over the past week. In just three days (from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 May), some 3,500 migrants reached Italian shores.

19 May 2015 description

Aosta, Italy | AFP | Tuesday 5/19/2015 - 03:22 GMT

by Arman Soldin with Angus MacKinnon in Rome

With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores.

19 May 2015 description
report Government of Italy

A flight carrying a shipment of humanitarian aid from the Italian Cooperation left the UNHRD logistical base in Brindisi earmarked for the thousands of internally displaced persons of Cameroon and Nigerian refugees — UN estimates cite 74,000 — who have fled to northern Cameroon to escape the violence of the fundamentalist terror group Boko Haram.

The shipment includes essentials such as tents, emergency generators, water sanitising kits, water tanks and jugs, blankets, healthcare kits, hygiene kits, camp kitchens and provisions. The Italian NGO INTERSOS will handle distribution.

18 May 2015 description

18 May 2015 - The Mediterranean Sea is one of the main routes for the smuggling of migrants, an activity which generates billions of dollars a year for criminal networks. Along this route, appalling tragedies have been occurring almost daily, as vulnerable women, children and men place their lives in the hands of organized criminals in order to reach Europe.

18 May 2015 description

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Monday 5/18/2015 - 17:08 GMT

by Bryan McManus

EU nations approved plans on Monday for an unprecedented naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers responsible for a flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

The scheme backed by foreign and defence ministers in Brussels will involve European warships and surveillance aircraft gathering intelligence and then raiding boats to crack down on people smugglers.

16 May 2015 description


  • Two major earthquakes struck Nepal within weeks: a 7.8 magnitude on 25 April (epicentre Lamjung District, Western Region), followed by a 7.3 magnitude on 12 May (epicentre Dolakha district, Central Region).

  • A FAO/WFP food security assessment is ongoing. FAO is assessing agricultural damage in 6 severely affected districts: Nuwakot, Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk. The latter two were severely hit by both quakes.

15 May 2015 description

Hier, jeudi 14 mai, aux alentours de 9h, les équipes MSF ont reçu un appel du centre de sauvetage en mer de Rome les informant qu’un bateau de pêche en bois transportant 300 personnes était en détresse.

Vers 11h, l’équipe a commencé sa mission de sauvetage qui s'est terminée aux alentours de 18h. Au total, les équipes de sauvetage en mer de ‪‎MSFSea et MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) ont porté assistance aux 561 personnes entassées sur ce bateau.