Migrants, Orlando criticizes the CPR: “Concentration camps”. But he established them

If we don’t do it too quickly, changing our minds is legitimate, especially in politics, but denying what was done yesterday, perhaps attacking those who do it today, is almost diabolical. The luck, for those who do it, is that it is generally not a movement that loses votes because memory in this country is short and everything is erased. And so the fact that Andrea Orlando attacked the CPRs, detention centers for repatriation, calling them “concentration camps” did not cause much of a stir. The same Orlando who in 2017, as Minister of Justice, together with Marco Minniti, Minister of the Interior, signed the Minniti-Orlando decree which, among other things, provided for the extension of the network of detention centers for irregular migrants. Not only. It abolished the second level of trial for asylum seekers who appealed a refusal, the abolition of the hearing and the introduction of voluntary work for migrants. The measure provided for the expansion of the centers from the four already existing to twenty, one for each region, totaling 1,600 places. Even so, the proposal raised such an uproar that Minniti was forced to specify that the new centers would be small, with a maximum capacity of one hundred people, that they would be built far from cities and close to airports and, above all, that they would be different from CIE , in this case the name of CIE, Identification and Expulsion Centers, was also changed to CPR, Detention Centers for Repatriation. In short, a measure that does not seem very different from that launched by the Meloni government.

That’s why Orlando’s statements are shocking, at least for those with a minimum of memory. “The center-left administrators said yes to the widespread reception and no to the concentration camps” declared the former minister. It is true that most center-left local administrators, Lucano was a model, always adopted an approach that anticipated widespread reception; However, this does not mean that, at the same time, in 2017, the central government approved a decree to expand the CPR model. Then Orlando added: «Behind this type of Nimby syndrome (Not in my backyard, ed.) applied to migrants, there is more and worse. There is, essentially, the fire of xenophobic propaganda fueled for years by the right that burns down any attempt to define a reasonable approach.” It is not clear what a reasonable approach should be so that when Orlando finds himself in the control room he proposes the same solution to the same problem.

A solution that, at the time of the Minniti-Orlando decree, many jurists defined as not in accordance with the Italian constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. In particular, it would have violated article 111 of the Constitution, which establishes the right to a fair trial, article 24, the right to defense, and article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which establishes the right to be heard. Criticism also came from ANM, the national association of judges, which expressed a “firm and alarmed dissent” in relation to the new law because it produced “the effect of a tendency to exclude direct contact between the appellant and the judge throughout the trial” . to appeal decisions adopted by Territorial Commissions regarding the recognition of international protection”. In short, being in the opposition is simple, Meloni knows this and Orlando knows this, especially because this country has a short, very short memory.

Source: IL Tempo

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