Soon, contesting a parking fine in Italy will be more important than ensuring international protection to those who flee their country for their lives. In the case of the fine, one is in fact entitled to three judicial levels: first instance, appeal and Supreme Court. As for the refugees, on the other hand, if the unfortunate applicant gets his asylum application rejected, the applicant can only hope for a reversal of the decision by the Supreme Court.
The abolition of the appeal procedures for asylum applications is one of the points of the decree law on immigration that Wednesday was approved by the Senate with a vote of confidence. The decision about the vote of confidence was announced Tuesday in the Senate by the Minister for Relations with Parliament Anna Finocchiaro. It was opposed by Democratic Party senators Luigi Manconi, President of the Senate Commission on Human Rights, and Walter Tocci. They voted against the measure, against their own party.
According to the Minister of Interior Minniti and Minister of Justice Orlando, to whom we owe the restrictive measures, the suppression of the appeal would speed up the procedures for examining asylum applications. The measure was strongly contested not only by the associations that deal with immigration, but also by the National Magistrates Association (ANM) and the Higher Judicial Council. In an opinion sent in recent days to the Minister of Justice, the Council denounced the risk of a “widespread compression of the applicant’s guarantees.” In the future, this limitation could eventually pave the way for a possible appeal to the Constitutional Court.