A protest of detainees in the CPR of Via Corelli in Milan in October 2020 | Photo: ANSA/Andrea Fasani
A protest of detainees in the CPR of Via Corelli in Milan in October 2020 | Photo: ANSA/Andrea Fasani

The Italian Coalition for Freedoms and Civil Rights (CILD) has created a website called 'Buchi neri' (black holes) which focuses on the administrative detention of foreigners in Italy.

The Italian Coalition for Freedoms and Civil Rights (CILD) announced the launch of the website "Buchi neri" (black holes) on Tuesday (January 18). The site is focuses on the conditions of migrants in Italy's pre-deportation detention centers (CPRs).

"With the launch of the website we add another important tool that we hope will help civil society to not just monitor the phenomenon and abuses but also to communicate to a wider public than those who work in the sector", said Andrea Menapace, the executive director, in a statement published to announce the initiative.

Calling for an end to migrant detention in CPRs

The website provides information on the history of CPRs, comparing them to similar facilities in Europe, and describes what life is like at these facilities.

It features a series of videos and interviews with experts and people who have been held in the centers.

On the site, CILD also lays out what it sees as possible alternatives to CPRs, with better living conditions. The organization called for these detention centers to be abolished. Executive director Menapace said that CPRs were a "useless tool, which damages fundamental rights", arguing that "it is also in the interest of all citizens who believe in democracy and in the rule of law" to end the detention of migrants in these facilities.

 

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