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Journalists banned from immigrant detention centres

Journalists in Italy have challenged the government’s decision to bar them from entering the identification and expulsion centres.

While previously they needed special permission from the Prefect, from 1st April 2011 a circular letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs officially banned them from entering such facilities.

The letter says that journalists are to be kept off the centres so as not to interfere with their activities of handling a massive number of immigrants. Only a few organizations and associations are allowed to enter the identification and expulsion centres. They include UNHCR, IOM, Italian Red Cross, Amnesty International, Doctors without Borders, Save The Children, and Caritas.
 

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WWF praises Italy’s firm rejection of nuclear power plans

The decision by Italian voters to comprehensively reject Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s plans to revive the nuclear power industry has been welcomed by WWF-UK.
 
An overwhelming majority of Italians voted to throw out a law reviving nuclear energy.
 
Voter turnout topped 57 per cent - safely above the 50 per cent needed to validate the vote. It is the first time since 1995 that a quorum has been reached.
 

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"Son preference" fuels discrimination against women

UN agencies say it violates women’s right and must stop

Gender-biased sex selection reflects and fuels a culture of discrimination and violence against women, five UN agencies have said.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the World Health Organization (WHO), said “son preference” must be addressed urgently by all segments of government and society as a matter of women’s human rights.
 

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Italy to sign immigration accord with Libya’s TNC

Italy will tomorrow sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) to fight illegal immigration, Foreign Affairs Minister Franco Frattini has said.

The agreement will also address the issue of deportation of illegal immigrants, he said. Mr. Frattini confirmed that the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) will be fully involved.
 

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Racism and intolerance taking root in Europe - ECRI

Racism and intolerance are becoming rooted in European societies as the economic crisis gives strength to extremist messages, Europe's leading anti-racist body has warned.

In its annual report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), says that racism is no longer limited to the fringes of society and that mainstream politicians are increasingly using xenophobic and anti-Muslim arguments and calling referenda targeting non-citizens and religious minorities.

"Legal means alone do not seem sufficient to counter this trend. More needs to be done," the report states.
 

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