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 

Convenors to the Palermo PPT Hearing

Associations from Palermo
1.    Addio Pizzo – Palermo
2.     A.p.s. Maghweb
3.     ARCI Palermo
4.     ARCI Sicilia
5.     Arci Porco Rosso
6.     Arte Migrante – Palermo
7.     Associazione Avvocati Dei Diritti UMAni/ADDUMA – Palermo
8.     Associazione contro le discriminazioni razziali Nourredine Adnane
9.     Associazione Diritti e Frontiere – ADIF
10.   Associazione Giocherenda
11.   Associazione Handala
12.   Associazione per gli Studi Giuridici sull’Immigrazione / ASGI – Palermo
13.   Associazione “Pellegrino della terra” Onlus
14.   Associazione PRO.VI.DE-Regina della Pace onlus – Palermo
15.   Associazione Pluralia – Palermo
16.   Borderline Sicilia
17.   Caritas di Palermo-Area Mondialità
18.   Casa della Cultura Araba – Al QUDS Palermo
19.   Centro Astalli Palermo
20.   Centro Diaconale La Noce – Istituto Valdese – Palermo
21.   Centro Italiano Aiuti all’Infanzia/CIAI Palermo
22.   Centro Salesiano Santa Chiara
23.   Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani- Cledu
24.   Cobas Scuola Palermo
25.   Comitato Antirazzista Cobas Palermo
26.   Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud – CISS
27.   Coordinamento Antitratta di Palermo
28.   Emmaus Palermo Onlus
29.   Festival delle Letterature Migranti
30.   Forum Antirazzista Palermo
31.   Istituto di Formazione Politica “Pedro Arrupe” – Centro Studi Sociali – Osservatorio Migrazioni
32.   Laici Missionari Comboniani – Palermo
33.   Libera – Palermo
34.   La Migration sportello immigrati Lgbti
35.   Le Onde Onlus – Centro Antiviolenza
36.   L’Altro Diritto Sicilia
37.   Mediterraneo Antirazzista
38.   Missionari Comboniani Palermo
39.   Moltivolti
40.   Movimento Internazionale della Riconciliazione / MIR – Palermo
41.   Per esempio Onlus
42.   ROMpiamo i pregiudizi
43.   Refugees Welcome Gruppo territoriale Palermo
44.   Ufficio Migranti – CGIL Palermo
45.   GRIS Sicilia
46.   Associazione Caleudoscopio – laboratorio per la crescita sociale Palermo
47.   Associazione LAB.ZEN 2 Palermo
48.   Associazione di volontariato “Donne di Benin City” Palermo
49.   Centro Siciliano di Documentazione “Giuseppe Impastato” – Palermo
50.   Cobas Scuola Palermo
51.   Associazione SEND
52.   Coordinamento antiviolenza 21luglio Palermo
53.   Istituto Mediterraneo di Studi Internazionali – Palermo
54.   Centro Studi “Paolo Borsellino” – Palermo
55.   Human Rights Youth Organization HRYO – Palermo
56.   UpPalermo A.p.s.
57.   Caffè Internazionale Palermo
58.   Rotarct Club Palermo Est
59.   Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell’Educazione e lo Sviluppo/CEIPES
60.   Soc.Coop. libera…mente Palermo
61.   Cooperativa idee in movimento Palermo
62.   Mediterraneo di pace Palermo
63.   Associazione Migralab “A. Sayad” di Messina
64.   Ufficio Migrantes Messina – Fondazione Migrantes Messina
65.   Associazione culturale Gammazita – Catania
66.   Co.P.E. – Cooperazione Paesi Emergenti Ong di Catania
67.   Associazione Rete Radié Resch di solidarietà internazionale – Gruppo locale di Noto

Italian Associations
68.   Carovane Migranti
69.   Rete Milano Senza Frontiere
70.   Rete femminista “No muri, no recinti” – Casa delle donne di Milano
71.   Osservatorio “Carta di Milano – La solidarietà non è un reato”
72.   Associazione Per i Diritti umani
73.   Associazione Comboniana Servizio emigranti e Profughi (ACSE) di Roma
74.   Campagna LasciateCIEntrare – Roma
75.   Associazione Differenza Donna ONG – Roma
76.   Coordinamento Italiano di Sostegno alle Donne Afghane/CISDA – Milano
77.   GAO Cooperazione Internazionale – Cosenza
78.   Casa della carità “Angelo Abriani” di Milano
79.   RETE RADIè RESCH – ASS. DI SOLIDARIETà INTERNAZIONALE
80.   Stay Human — Støtte og Solidaritet til Flygtninge
81.   Mediterraneo di pace
82.   Fondazione Vito Fazio-Allmayer
83.   Un.I.S.
84.   Agorà
85.   Teatro Atlante
86.   Godena
87.   Associazione Tlaxcala di traduttori per la diversità linguistica
88.   Cgil
89.   Casa della carità
90.   Progetto Diritti onlus
91.   Baobab Experience
92.   Associazione Antigone
93.   Oxfam Italia
 

Press Release

Hearing in Palermo, December 18-20, 2017

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