The hearing in London will taken place in late October. It will convene before a panel of international judges. The panel will consider and indictment which sets out charges against UK authorities for violating the rights of migrants and refugees. The co-convenors will shortly be sending out a call for evidence relating to the charges set out in the indictment. The purpose of this request is to ask whether your organisation could register its support for the London hearing by agreeing to join our list of sponsoring organisations.

As co-convenors  we would be pleased to respond to any query you might have about the project. We could also provide you will a representative of the steering group to meet with you or speak at any meeting of your organisation about the plans for the London hearing. More information will follow soon…

Sentence Paris

The series of hearing in this Session are focused on the facts and responsibilities documented on the violations of the fundamental human and peoples’ rights occurred at the external and internal frontiers of the European Union, and more specifically of its member States, Italy.

The contents and the conclusions of the two Sessions must be considered as complementary contributions to the PPT in depth investigations and qualifications of the crimes included in the original Act of accusation which constitutes the general framework of the whole process.

The richness of the direct testimonies presented to the PPT by the representatives of the people of migrants and refugees, as well as the technical analytical reports submitted orally and in written or audiovisual form on the political and juridical responsibilities of the Actor States, have consistently confirmed the evidence of a systematic policy of criminal behaviors of the EU and of the member states considered in the procedure.
Other hearings and Sessions of the PPT are in preparation to be implemented in the course of 2018 according to the agenda which will be presented on the PPT webpage over the next few weeks.

Download the Sentence of the PPT – Paris, January 4-5, in French and Spanish

The English version of the Sentences will be online as soon as we have the translation.

The Sentence and more information about other hearing of the PPT please click here 

Jury PPT Hearing Palermo

The Tribunal’s international jury is composed of:

Franco Ippolito (Italy): Judge and president of thePPT Philippe Texier (France): Judge and vice-president of the PPT
Carlos Beristain (Spain): Doctor and psychologist, expert in human rights and political memory
Donatella Di Cesare (Italy): Philosopher and teacher at the Università la Sapienza di Roma and the Normale di Pisa
Luciana Castellina (Italy): Former member of the Italian and European Parliament, journalist and writer Francesco Martone (Italy): Former Senator, expert on International Relations, Pacifism and Human Rights Luis Moita (Portugal): Professor of International Relations, Università Autonoma di Lisbona

Press Release

PPT Session on the Violations with Impunity of the Human Rights of Migrant and Refugee Peoples
Address: Plesso didattico Bernardo Albanese, Piazza Napoleone Colajanni, Palermo, Italy

On December 18, 2017, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will begin its first session dedicated to the human rights violations of migrants and refugees. It will begin on this date in honor of the anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Convention for the Protection of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (Dec. 18, 1990). In Barcelona last July 7-8, 2017 the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal heard the Call to examine the policies and practices adopted by the European Union and its member states including the operations of transnational corporations and the impacts on the rights of migrants and refugees (See the Indictment in English and Spanish). This Call was presented by an extended international network of civil society, non-governmental and social justice organizations and numerous migrant and refugee organizations, including the Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe (TMP-E) and the Transnational Institute (TNI).

The first Hearing which begins in Palermo, will be dedicated to migratory flows in the Mediterranean, Europe’s southern border, now reduced to a cemetery of horrors. The second session will take place in Paris on January 4-5, 2018 and will look at the internal borders of the European Union and the related policies and practices of various member states.
The relevance of holding the Hearing in Palermo, which has been supported by a large number of Italian and international social organizations, has unfortunately been confirmed in recent weeks with the tragic news of shipwrecks, deaths at sea, deportations, arbitrary detentions and abuses. According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the situation has become catastrophic, indicated by the immense suffering of thousands of men, women and children, constituting an “outrage to the conscience of humanity.”  The High Commissioner affirmed that we can no longer remain silent in the face of the “modern-day slavery, torture, and sexual violence”that have occurred alongside migration “management.” Es tiempo de hablar! 

It’s time to speak out! This is the purpose of the PPT, reflected in Barcelona by Carlos Beristain, a member of the Tribunal, to heed the warning of a Guatemalan elder at the beginning of a historical memory reconstruction process for victims of institutional and political violence in Guatemala. For migrants and refugees too, the time has come to speak out and bring the truth of migration to light, to evaluate the policies and practices of European governments with regard to human rights, and to reimagine society in the face of the tragic loss of life that we see before our eyes. This is one of the main purposes of the Permanent Peoples´ Tribunal, to understand and articulate serious and systematic human rights violations, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Algeria,1976) which has served as a guide for the 44 sessions realized by the Tribunal since 1979.

The Tribunal’s international jury is composed of: Franco Ippolito (Italy): Judge and president of thePPT Philippe Texier (France): Judge and vice-president of the PPT
Carlos Beristain (Spain): Doctor and psychologist, expert in human rights and political memory
Donatella Di Cesare (Italy): Philosopher and teacher at the Università la Sapienza di Roma and the Normale di Pisa
Luciana Castellina (Italy): Former member of the Italian and European Parliament, journalist and writer Francesco Martone (Italy): Former Senator, expert on International Relations, Pacifism and Human Rights Luis Moita (Portugal): Professor of International Relations, Università Autonoma di Lisbona

For further information: Simona Fraudatario:ppt@permanentpeoplestribunal.org Pasqua De Candia: palermotpp@gmail.com

Sentence Palermo

The series of hearing in this Session are focused on the facts and responsibilities documented on the violations of the fundamental human and peoples’ rights occurred at the external and internal frontiers of the European Union, and more specifically of its member States, Italy.

The contents and the conclusions of the two Sessions must be considered as complementary contributions to the PPT in depth investigations and qualifications of the crimes included in the original Act of accusation which constitutes the general framework of the whole process.

The richness of the direct testimonies presented to the PPT by the representatives of the people of migrants and refugees, as well as the technical analytical reports submitted orally and in written or audiovisual form on the political and juridical responsibilities of the Actor States, have consistently confirmed the evidence of a systematic policy of criminal behaviors of the EU and of the member states considered in the procedure.
Other hearings and Sessions of the PPT are in preparation to be implemented in the course of 2018 according to the agenda which will be presented on the PPT webpage over the next few weeks.

Download the Sentence of the PPT – Palermo, December 18-20 in Italian or Spanish.

The English version of the Sentences will be online as soon as we have the translation.

The Sentence and more information about other hearing of the PPT please click here