European Court of Human Rights criticizes Italy in case of 3 expelled Tunisian migrants

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the case of three Tunisians expelled from Italy in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring uprising, ruling that the migrants had been subjected to degrading and inhuman treatment during four days in a detention center, suffered a collective expulsion and could not challenge their forced return home.

The Strasbourg-based court ordered Italy on Tuesday to pay 10,000 euros ($11,215) in damages to each of them, plus 9,344.50 euros in costs.

The court said it took into account the overcrowding in Lampedusa as Tunisians and others fled their countries, with around 55,300 landings. Still, it said, there could be no skirting the prohibition against inhuman treatment.

The court also said the men were not interviewed before expulsion and had no recourse.