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.

UN refugee agency praises Italy for allowing three dozen refugees to disembark

Welcoming Italy's decision to allow 37 refugees on the Cap Anamur ship to disembark in the European country after spending several weeks stuck at sea, the United Nations refugee agency said today it would try to speak to the group to find out if they wanted to make asylum claims.

UN human rights expert says Italian Prime Minister should not act above law

Criticizing recent moves in Italy relating to court cases against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a United Nations human rights expert today stressed that the head of Government must be equal to all citizens before the law.

Italy: UN rights expert voices concern over changes to criminal procedure code

The United Nations human rights expert on the independence of judges and lawyers has written to the Italian Government voicing concern over proposed changes to the country's judicial system which could provide an excuse for prominent politicians in Milan facing criminal charges to delay proceedings against them.