Migrants, the European Court condemns Italy for the conditions of migrants in Lampedusa

Italy reserved “inhuman and degrading” treatment for three migrants. With this accusation, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered the country to compensate the three Tunisian applicants, after having ascertained the conditions under which they were subjected on the Italian island of Lampedusa. The migrants in question had reached the Italian coast clandestinely between 2017 and 2019 before being placed in a reception center on the island. For several weeks during their stay, as the court, were “subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment” in this center on the island of 6,500 inhabitants. The accusation cites for example the existence of only two toilets for 40 people and a lack of space which forced some people to sleep on outdoor mattresses.

Compensation equal to 9 thousand euros each

“In the absence of an order justifying their detention,” the Court found that the applicants had been “arbitrarily deprived of their liberty,” as written in three separate judgments. The ECtHR therefore concluded that the measures adopted by the Italian authorities violated Article 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights, which establishes that every person detained has the right to be informed of the reasons for his detention and must be able to exercise the right of appeal. The court then ordered Rome to compensate the three applicants in the amount of 9,000 euros each.