When he was interior minister, Salvini prevented 131 migrants from disembarking in ItalyItaly’s senate has formally authorised a criminal case against Matteo Salvini, the far-right leader accused of kidnap last year when, as interior minister, he prevented 131 migrants from disembarking from a coast guard ship.Last December, the Italian court of ministers in Catania, Sicily, ruled that Salvini should be tried for allegedly depriving the asylum-seekers onboard the Gregoretti coastguard ship of their liberty by refusing to allow them to leave. Continue reading...
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The Italian nationalist is facing a potential trial on accusations of abduction for blocking rescued migrants...The Italian nationalist is facing a potential trial on accusations of abduction for blocking rescued migrants when he was interior minister. And he can’t believe his luck.
Rome’s new left-leaning government breaks from era of hardline immigration measures pushed by Matteo SalviniItaly’s new...Rome’s new left-leaning government breaks from era of hardline immigration measures pushed by Matteo SalviniItaly’s new left-leaning government has authorised an NGO rescue ship with 82 migrants to disembark, marking a break from the hardline immigration measures of the former interior minister Matteo Salvini.It is the first time this year that Rome has allowed the disembarkation of an NGO rescue vessel. Continue reading...
A German captain who rescued thousands of migrants at sea turned down a medal of bravery in protest of Europe's strict anti-migrant laws
Pia Kemp, a German boat captain and migrant rights worker, says she is turning down a...Pia Kemp, a German boat captain and migrant rights worker, says she is turning down a medal of bravery for her actions at sea because the medal represents the hypocrisy of how countries treat migrant issues. Kemp is preparing to stand trial in Italy for rescuing more than 1,000 migrants from unsafe conditions at sea, an action which Italy considers to be assisting illegal immigration. She reportedly faces 20 years in prison if convicted. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Kemp said that she was offered the Grand Vermeil Medal, a medal of bravery awarded by the city of Paris, but turned down the honor because while the city praises her actions, they are also contributing to conditions which make her work challenging. Italy has some of the strictest migrant laws in Europe and has been cracking down on migrant ships under hardline Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The captain of a ship that rescued thousands of migrants from the Mediterranean Sea has turned down a medal of honor because the medal, she says, represents the hypocrisy of how countries treat migrant issues. Pia Kemp, a 35-year-old German biologist and boat captain, is preparing to stand trial in Italy for rescuing more than 1,000 migrants from unsafe conditions at sea, an action which Italy considers to be assisting illegal immigration. She, along with nine other crew members aboard her Iuventa ship, faces 20 years if convicted, according to a Change.org petition set up by a nurse that worked alongside Kemp. The petition, addressed to Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, has garnered over 390,000 signatures as of Thursday. Kemp has worked with the non-profit group Sea-Watch, which conducts search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean sea. Her ship was confiscated in 2017, and Kemp was prohibited from sailing around the Italian coast. Read more: Italy's Salvini tells ship with 107 migrants to go to Spain In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Kemp says she was offered the Grand Vermeil Medal, a medal of bravery awarded by the city of Paris. Addressing Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, she says she is declining the honor because while the city praises her actions, they are also contributing to conditions that make her work challenging. "Madame Hidalgo, you want to award me a medal for my solidarian action in the Mediterranean Sea, because our crews 'work to rescue migrants from difficult conditions on a daily basis'. At the same time, your police is stealing blankets from people that you force to live on the streets, while you raid protests and criminalize people that are standing up for rights of migrants and asylum seekers," she wrote. "You want to give me a medal for actions that you fight in your own ramparts." She called out the medal and what she described as other "hypocrite honorings" and called for a revolution. "We do not need medals. We do not need authorities deciding about who is a 'hero' and who is 'illegal'," she wrote. The Iuventa is believed to have rescued at least 14,000 people, according to NPR. Salvini has been criticized for his tough migration policies and his clampdown on migrant ships. Last year, Salvini closed Italy's ports to NGO vessels, which he has previously accused of trafficking migrants. And last month, he shut down one of the largest migrant centers in Europe, which at one point housed over 4,000 people. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has previously said Salvini is "obsessed" with closing down Italy's ports to migrants, an assertion that Salvini has said he was "proud" of. Earlier this month, Salvini's government collapsed after 14 months of infighting. The country recently faced criticism over recent a standoff with a humanitarian vessel, which had been stranded at sea for weeks after being refused port access in Italy. The ship was seized on Tuesday and all migrants on board were ordered to disembark.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We did a blind taste-test of KFC and Popeyes fried chicken — here's the verdict