April 20, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
UN rights experts warned the EU on Monday that repression of irregular migration cannot be the only solution to the recurrent grave problem of masses of people drowning at sea. The experts said they were encouraged by the decision to hold an EU summit on the issue and urged states to use the ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the EU to put into place a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean following reports of 400 lives lost at sea. HRW acting deputy Europe and Central Asia director Judith Sutherland stated that if reports from a recent confirmed shipwreck, from ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Addison Morris
A Milan court declared on Tuesday that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has fully served his sentence for tax fraud and will now be permitted to travel out of the country. Berlusconi was found guilty of tax fraud in 2012 and was originally sentenced to four years in prison on ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the beating of a 62-year-old man by an Italian police officer during the Genoa G-8 summit in July of 2001 amounted to torture. Arnaldo Cestaro, the injured, was in a school when police stormed the building and, though he was being ...[read more]
March 11, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Italy's Court of Cassation on Tuesday upheld the acquittal of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi was convicted in 2013 of paying for sex with an underage exotic dancer and then abusing his power to cover up the crime. However, last year an appeals court overturned the conviction ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A federal judge in Brazil has ordered the deportation of former leftist Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti, annulling a work visa granted by the Brazilian government in 2011. Battisti, a former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism, was convicted of committing four murders during the ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) acknowledged some positive signs from the European Commission's announcement on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean on Thursday but encouraged the Commission to develop concrete solutions that protect and save lives. AI explained the European Commissioner for ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
An Italian appeals court in Milan on Thursday reduced the sentences for three former aides to Silvio Berlusconi for their roles in procuring prostitutes for the former prime minister while he was in office. The convictions against former TV executive Emilio Fede and talent agent Dario Mora were ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
An appeals court in Italy on Monday overturned a 2012 conviction of manslaughter against six scientists and a government official for being negligent in their evaluation of the dangers posed by a 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in the town of L'Aquila. Judge Fabrizia Ida ...[read more]
September 22, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A French appeals court ruled Monday that Swiss bank UBS must deposit a guarantee of 1.1 billion euro in an investigation of charges for aiding in tax evasion for wealthy French customers. In July UBS was put under formal investigation for allegations of laundering the proceeds of tax evasion. ...[read more]

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