Appeal for the deportation of Asso 28

To the Italian Minister of the Interior Ms. Luciana Lamorgese,

To the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Luigi Di Maio,

To the Libyan Minister of the Interior Fathi Bashaga.

?, is 16 years old. Eritrean, alone in Libya to avoid mandatory military service.

?, is 18 years old. Alone and pregnant after being raped in Libya.

?, is 29 years old. Nigerian, left home to escape an arranged marriage, raped in a Libyan lager.

?, is 27 years old. She is from the Ivory Coast, left alone with a child by her husband.

Tortured with knives, electrocuted, burnt, hit.

Then one day, a trafficker told them that they could have left Libya for Europe.

On the first of July 2018, at night-time, they left on an overcrowded boat. They went north for about 20 hours. Then the boat had issues and they stopped.

At 9pm the Libyan maritime police see them. They are taken and transferred on an Italian boat called Asso 28.

A hundred refugees, asking for international protection and to go to Europe.

Italians reassured them: you are going to Italy, they said. They gave them water and started going.

On the 2nd of July, they reached the Libyan coast. The refugees were discharged at the port of Tripoli and jailed in two different lagers. Men ended up in Tarek al Mattar.

Josi died in the so-called LagerD, locked up in a place in which there was a true tuberculosis crisis. When he got sick, he was not offered any medicine or assistance.

A woman recalled how they were cheated on by the Italian, who was condemned in 2012 for the refoulement of migrants as they violate several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.

On the 26th of July 2019, MP Matteo Orfini has asked for a question time in Parliament about the Asso 28 refoulement. His requested did not go through.

We are now asking to our representatives and institutions (national and European) to act in order to assess the truth about what happened to the people that were brought back to Libya that day.

We ask for their freedom and the implementation of a human corridor as a way to atone what our country has done to them.

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