Shocking: ‘Degrading’ Treatment Of Lampedusa Immigrants Caught On Video

The European Commission has threatened Italy with legal action for possible breaches of the EU’s rules on granting asylum, over its treatment of migrants arriving from Africa on the island of Lampedusa.

Video shot on a cell phone and shown on Italian State television station RAI2 Tuesday, shows migrants at a camp on the island of Lampedusa being forced to strip naked, in mixed company, and then being hosed down by staff.

Home Affairs Minister Angelino Alfano said they were considering entrusting the centre to the International Red Cross.

European Commission’s home affairs chief, Cecilia Malmstrom said: “The images we have seen from the detention centre in Lampedusa are appalling and unacceptable. We will contact the Italian authorities to ask more information on these events and we ask them to shed full light over what happened.

“We have already started investigations on the deplorable conditions in many Italian detention centres, including Lampedusa, and we will not hesitate to launch an infringement procedure to make sure EU standards and obligations are fully respected.”

Ms. Malmstrom warned that the European Commission’s “assistance and support to the Italian authorities in managing migratory flows can only be continued if the country guarantees humane and dignified reception conditions to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.”
Giusi Nicolini, the Mayor of Lampedusa said the images reminded one of a concentration camp. She added that they showed lack of respect for human dignity. The whole country should be ashamed of what happened at the detention centre in Lampedusa, Ms. Nicolini said.

Laura Boldrini, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies said the way migrants were treated was “unacceptable” and “unworthy of a civilised country”.

She added that the images “tarnished the country’s honour.”

Valerio Cataldi, the journalist who prepared the report, said it showed the “shameful medical treatment” in Lampedusa.

Italian authorities have already launched an inquiry into the treatment of migrants at the detention centre in Lampedusa.

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

One Response to “Shocking: ‘Degrading’ Treatment Of Lampedusa Immigrants Caught On Video”

  1. i said before and am saying it again, the problem of Lampedusa caused by Italian coast-Guides , how can someone travel for long Kilometer and come to Lampedusa have accident i mean the Ship will cap-side , that does not happen to one , two or 7 always some time 5 times in a month , at the same place .., and they gave the blame to Bad weather , that is Bid lies , they want to stop immigrant coming into Italy, and to discourage people that want to make the journey to Europe
    Again no body have ever ask of the property of those Immigrant and their Money the have with them , i what this people are going through there. they kill cap-side their Boat , took their belongings and sometimes kill some of the survivors that are still living or breathing.These are fact that is on ground. let European Union come out boldly and condemn these act , they know the truth it becoming unbearable.

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