MP Yana Ehm before the center for repatriation and asylum seekers (CPR) of Gradisca d'Isonzo. September 4, 2022 | Photo: ANSA/UFFICIO STAMPA DO
MP Yana Ehm before the center for repatriation and asylum seekers (CPR) of Gradisca d'Isonzo. September 4, 2022 | Photo: ANSA/UFFICIO STAMPA DO

The migrant reception network of the Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region in northeastern Italy has requested an "adequate and in-depth investigation" into the suicide of a young Pakistani migrant inside the center for repatriation and asylum seekers (CPR) of Gradisca d'Isonzo.

Following the death of a young Pakistani, who took his own life shortly after entering the center for repatriation and asylum seekers (CPR) of Gradisca d'Isonzo in the Gorizia province in northeastern Italy, the reception center network has called for an investigation into the case.

"We must request the setting in motion of an adequate and in-depth investigation, including at the judicial level, on this tragedy, as well as and especially what happens daily within that center," states a joint statement circulated on September 2.

The Ernesto Balducci di Zugliano reception center is requesting the investigation in conjunction with the Comunità di San Martino al Campo of Trieste, the Consorzio Italiano di Solidarietà Ufficio Rifugiati (ICS), the Dasi FVG network and the RiVolti ai Balcani national network.

The 28-year-old migrant reportedly took his life on September 1, an hour after his arrival at the CPR. The young Pakistani man had been transferred to the Gradisca CPR from a nearby police station, possibly after having gone through ID checks in Italy.

'Latest death in the facilities'

"In expressing our participation in their pain, sending thoughts to his family far away," the signatories underscored that "this is the latest death in the facilities."

The signatories said that the Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region "seems to have become accustomed to what happens systematically in the CPR of Gradisca d'Isonzo."

They added that while the tragic death of the young man was "unforeseeable" and that "the short stay in the center makes it impossible to connect the move to the conditions of the facilities", this was the latest tragedy after "many other deaths in the CPR."

The signatories noted that there are questions to be asked about the functioning of the institution in its entirety, adding that they are committed "to offering collaboration with the institutions to find together the ways and means so that no migrant finds himself or herself in such extreme circumstances and that ways are found for each to be ensured of peace and dignity."

Protest in front of center after the suicide

About a hundred people staged a demonstration in front of the center after the man's suicide. A delegation of citizens demanded to be able to enter the facilities to see the conditions inside. The No CPR organization -- which claimed that the Pakistani's death was the fifth in the facility in two years -- underscored "the horror of these centers, 'non-places' from a legal and human standpoint."

"We are hearing clearly the screams for freedom of those detained, who tell us that many are afraid of speaking out because of threats that they will be deported immediately" if they do so, they wrote in a statement.

On Sunday and for the same reason, MP Yana Ehm from the Unione Popolare con De Magistris electoral list entered the facilities. Requests for clarification and criticism came after the Pakistani national's suicide also from other organizations, such as Centro Balducci.

 

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