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States must prioritize migrants’ human rights, UN independent experts reiterate

As crews off the Italian island of Lampedusa continue to recover bodies from last week’s migrant boat disaster, United Nations independent experts today reiterated calls on Member States to urgently adopt a new approach to migration that places the rights of migrants at the forefront.

Deaths of over 110 people off Italian coast reminder of ordeal of migrants

More than 110 bodies have been recovered from a tragedy that happened off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday.

Many more are still missing after a smugglers’ boat, carrying about 500 migrants, mainly Eritreans, sank in the Mediterranean.

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UN rights office calls on EU to strengthen efforts to prevent repeat of Lampedusa incident

The European Union (EU) should increase measures to prevent a repeat of yesterday's incident in which a boat capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa killing dozens of African migrants, the United Nations human rights office said today.

Italy pushes for an end to Female Genital Mutilation

Italy is pushing for approval of a UN resolution to end Female Genital Mutilation or FGM.

The country’s Ambassador to the UN, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, says the practice is a violation of basic human rights.

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Secretary-General travels to Italy for three-day official visit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads to Rome later today for a three-day visit to the Italian capital to coincide with celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the country’s unification.

Italy: UN rights expert calls for scrapping of draft wiretapping law

An Italian draft law on surveillance and eavesdropping for criminal investigations could jeopardize the work of journalists and threaten their freedom of expression, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today, calling for the abolition or revision of the bill.

UN investigating case of asylum-seekers sent back to Libya by Italy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is looking into the cases of dozens of asylum-seekers who were returned to Libya by Italian authorities after they were intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea.

Secretary-General meets with Italian leaders at start of official visit

The troubled situations in the Middle East, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Kosovo topped the agenda during talks between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Italy’s President and Foreign Minister in Rome today, the start of an official trip that will take in stops in Switzerland, Qatar and Syria as well.

UN expert welcomes Italian veto of bill seen as infringing judicial independence

A United Nations legal expert has welcomed Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi's veto of a judicial reform bill, seen as "a worrying limitation" of the independence of the judiciary.

UN refugee agency criticizes Italy’s expulsion of African asylum seekers

The United Nations refugee agency today wrote to the Italian authorities criticizing the expulsion of a group of African asylum seekers at the centre of an international furore and voicing strong concern over the apparent disregard for accepted international and European standards and for the fundamental elements of due process.