“Heavy” campaign imposed the European Court of Human Rights in Italy on the conditions of arrest and transportation of Sudanese immigrants who were left naked among other migrants.
The Court, as reported by the Athens News Agency citing AFP, ruled on two lawsuits filed against Italy by Sudanese who they arrived in Italy by sea in the summer of 2016.
As regards the four applicants in the first case, the Court unanimously ruled that there had been a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights on inhuman and degrading treatment.
The Court considers that the conditions of their arrest and transport by bus caused the refugees suffering and humiliation and sentenced Italy to pay a total of 27,000 euros for moral damages and 4,000 for legal costs.
“They remained under constant police control in a climate of violence and threats, which was a source of distress”
Sudanese migrants forced to strip after being arrested to undergo medical examination, but the Court ruled that there was no justification for leaving them naked among many other migrants in public view and under police surveillance.
They were also subjected to long hours of bus transport at a very hot time of the year, without adequate water and food and without knowing where they were going and why. The Court emphasizes that they remained under constant police control in a climate of violence and threats, which was a source of suffering.
The Strasbourg Court ruled that there had been a violation of Article 3 in respect of a Sudanese man who complained of being beaten when he tried to leave, and stressed that no investigation had been carried out into the case.
The European Court of Human Rights, on the other hand, rejected eight out of nine appeals where the applicants argued that the Italian authorities did not take into account the risk of inhumane treatment they would be exposed to if they were sent back to Sudan.
The four Sudanese in the first appeal are no longer at risk of deportation, and four out of the five in the second appeal did not sufficiently substantiate their complaints, according to the Court.
In the case of Sudan, whose appeal was rejected, the Court held that there was no violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, because the appellant did not declare that he belonged to a tribe persecuted by the Sudanese government until after his action had been filed in EAD
Source: News Beast
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