European Union seeks agreements with African dictators to deter refugees

The European Union (EU) is abandoning all pretense of human rights restraints in its refugee policy. A strategy paper published last week by the EU Commission outlined migration partnerships that will compensate nine states in Africa and the Middle East, both transit countries and countries of origin, for their cooperation in deterring refugees. The goal …

EP officials to pay first visit to Turkey since failed coup attempt

Officials from the European Parliament will on Tuesday pay their first visit to Turkey since the foiled coup attempt of July 15. No representatives from the European Parliament have visited Turkey until today. Turkey is still a candidate country for European Union and its parliamentery building and Presidential complex in Ankara were bombed by coup …

Italian imam posts photo of nuns on beach to protest burqini ban, gets Facebook account blocked

The president of Italy’s largest Islamic association has posted a photo of Catholic nuns splashing in the shallow water along the seashore to protest recent bans on burqinis. Izzedin Elzir, the imam of Florence has posted a picture of habit-wearing nuns splashing along the seashore on Facebook, calling for dialogue about burqini bans… but got …

Italian Muslims hold prayer near Rome’s Colosseum to protest restrictions on worship

eral hundred Muslims staged a protest prayer outside the Colosseum in Rome on Friday over what they see as unfair restrictions on their freedom to practice their faith in Italy. Organizers said they had called the demonstration following the recent closure on administrative grounds of five makeshift mosques. Many Italian Muslims suspect local authorities are …

Italian police torture, abuse refugees in ‘hotspot’ camps amid EU pressure, Amnesty reports

Italian police have reportedly used batons and Tasers to coerce migrants into being fingerprinted under EU regulations, Amnesty International said in a new report. Many cases potentially amount to torture and abuse, the group stated. The Amnesty International paper, which includes dozens of migrant testimonies and witness accounts, particularly criticizes the controversial ‘hotspot approach’ advocated …

Muslim woman fined €30,000 for ‘refusing to remove niqab’ in Italy

A Muslim woman has been hit with a €30,000 fine for wearing a niqab at a town hall in Italy, it has been reported. The 40-year-old woman wore the full-body veil at a youth parliament meeting in Pordenone, north-east Italy, last month, Messaggero Veneto reported. According to the newspaper, she was asked to remove the …

EU officials avoid ‘terror’ condemning Istanbul attacks

Three high-ranking European Union leaders failed to use the word of “terror” while condemning deadly attacks near a football stadium in Istanbul. Two explosions rocked the Besiktas district of Istanbul late Saturday when a car bomb was detonated two hours after the end of a Turkish football league match between Besiktas and Bursaspor. Moments later …

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