Civil Society

Since 1994 Fondazione Mediterraneo acts as an active part in the Euro-Mediterranean Civil Society participating to Euro-Mediterranean Conferences and Euromed Civil Forums.

In particular, Fondazione Mediterraneo organized the Euromed Civil Forums in Barcelona (1995) and in Naples (1997 and 2003) and contributed to the establishment of the NGO Euromed Platform.



The FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO convened its executive board in special session to launch an appeal to the international community to do something to stop the massacre of defenceless civilians in Libya, in order to affirm the values of dignity, human rights and democracy.

Libyan armed forces are using machine guns and fighter planes against demonstrators pro-democracy: thousands of them have been killed and many buried under the sand of Mediterranean beaches; without a prompt international action the repression could turn into a bloodbath.

The European Union and the Security Council of the United Nations  met to approve resolutions on Libya. They condemned violence and will be responsible not only for the implementation of the no-fly zone and the naval embargo, but also for attacks on the ground carried out to protect civilians.

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President of Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele CAPASSO took part to the National Conference "Legal immigration: identity and encounter" which took place in Naples, at the Starhotel Terminus, on 11 and 12 February 2011. The Conference was organized by the Movimento Cristiano Lavoratori, in collaboration with the Fondazione Italiana Europa Popolare. Speakers: Carlo COSTALLI National President Nazionale MCL, Mons. Giancarlo PEREGO Director Fondazione Migrantes, Natale FORLANI Director General of Immigration Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali, Armin LASCHET Member of Bundestag and Transatlantic Council on Migration Fondazione Konrad Adenauer, S. E. R. Mons. Anton COSA Bishop of Chisinau (Moldavia).

In particular, the President Capasso chronicled the activities of Fondazione Mediterraneo in favour of immigrants hoping in a support for the creation of a "melting pot" of civilizations, in order to promote solidarity and to create a multiethnic and multicultural society.

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The following photographs are only traces of the brutal and incredible violence that has been exercised towards Egyptians asking for freedom, justice and basic human rights during the previous days of the peaceful non-sectarian non-religious revolution of the Egyptian people against injustice and against oppression.

Plainclothes policemen harrassing Egyptians on streets, Interior Ministry hired thugs that shed a lot of blood on streets, some of which still staining buildings and sidewalks in Egypt, and pro-Mubarak protestors that went out on streets after the latest presidential speech are carrying knives with which they have attacked children, youth, old men and women protesting against the current "Democratic" regime.

Photographs by artist Hamdy Reda, and other photographers.

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"After a week, the political situation in Egypt is more and more fraught. The Tunisian Revolution has set a precedent in the Islamic World of laic, authoritarian regimes. The case of the Tunisian President Ben Ali, who took power after the 1987 revolution and who run away as a thief in Saudi Arabia after 23 years, can give hope to other people. Cairo, Alexandria and Suez are the cities where rebellions and repressions are more violent." (...)

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Israel condemned to 9 years of prison Ameer Makhoul defender of Human Rights and General Director Ittijah, an organisation fighting for the rights of Palestinians in Israel. Fondazione Mediterraneo urges the representatives of Governments, European Parliament and Commission and the organisation fighting for the human rights:

- to ask for the immediate release of Ameer Makhoul and the elimination of all criminal charges

- to report the case of Ameer Makhoul in the meetings with Israeli representatives

- to lean on Israel to stop its arbitrary detention policy of human rights defenders