Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

Migrants and refugees in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 dicembre 2009

The Central Committee of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), meeting in Geneva approved statements on the situation of migrants and refugees in Italy, and on the outcomes of the UN climate meeting in Copenhagen. The statement “Concern for migrants and refugees in Italy” expresses the churches’ worry about “serious violations of human rights and discrimination against migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in various countries in Europe, and particularly in Italy”. “Churches in Europe request the European Union Council, European Commission and European Parliament to conduct suitable missions in Italy and to acquire any information and documentation that may be useful for the purpose of investigating the respect or violation of fundamental human rights guaranteed by Community law and by the international Conventions that Italy has ratified” and “to demand that Italy produce and explain the nature and contents of the agreements stipulated with Libya in the field of the control of irregular migrations by sea, in order to check whether they comply with Community and international law”. In responding to the outcomes of Copenhagen the Central Committee of the CEC “calls upon developed nations to recognise their historic responsibility in the continuing climate change and to act. We call upon European countries and in particular upon the EU to step up their efforts in driving the way forward to a satisfactory conclusion of the negotiation process”. It also invites “CEC member churches, church communities at the grassroots level and individual Christians to continue their efforts which are already visible in many places in Europe in reducing our ecological footprint, limiting energy consumption and  in our efforts for climate justice. God’s creation needs to protected, cultivated and sustained for future generations. In following this aim the CEC is commited to intensify its work in this area”.

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