ITALY TO IMPOSE $1.12M FINES ON NGOS RESCUING DROWNING REFUGEES | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

ITALY TO IMPOSE $1.12M FINES ON NGOS RESCUING DROWNING REFUGEES

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

The Italian government has progressed a law to impose fines of up to €1 million ($1.12 million) for organisations and groups who rescue drowning refugees.

The law has been heavily promoted by far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

The Italian Senate passed the law earlier this week with 160 votes in favour and 57 against.

The controversial law was passed by Italy’s lower house earlier this year, and it is waiting to be ratified by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Captains bringing in “unauthorised” rescued refugees will face arrest, and a fine of between €150,000 and €1 million ($167,988-$1.12 million).

The UN’s refugee agency UNHCR has expressed concern about this hardline approach, saying it could hinder or even prevent rescue efforts at sea.

Charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Italy condemned the move, saying it will inflict suffering and risk the lives of vulnerable people.

MSF Italy President Claudia Lodesani said: “[This law is] like fining ambulances for bringing patients to hospital.”

The move is an “abuse of power”, Sea-Watch, a charity that leads rescue expeditions in the Mediterranean Sea, said, adding that it “creates a state-led culture of defiance of international maritime laws and conventions that protect human life at sea.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps Italian lawmakers would prefer shooting illegal migrants in the head... for sport; and of course, the little ones, the children, here would be the prize targets, because in panicking before their assassination, they would be the ones with the capabilities of moving about the most, and make the worst fuss, before they are gunned down, "with extreme prejudice" by Italian lawmakers.

So, Italian lawmakers, if you don't like the above very sarcastic scenario, something has to change about the way in which refugees are treated by your country.

I am no bleeding heart liberal, but what this law proposes, is cruel and unusual punishment of these people, who are already traumatized.

The UN needs to come up with a mechanism to save these people, if possible.

Italy, and their brother and sister EU countries, have neither the money, nor the talent, for dealing with a massive over-run of illegal immigrants, hence, this legislation. They look at what has happened in Germany and Sweden, with the societal changes, and violence, that unvetted immigration has brought to these countries, and do not want the situation in their country, to devolve any further than it already has, by its acceptance of undocumented aliens.

Good governance attracts; lousy governance repels. And while I feel a great deal of sympathy for those who get caught in the economic/social realities of a visibly repressive government, the world, as a whole, needs to find a better, more enlightened way to deal with these issues.

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