A Peek Into Several European Countries
Written By: Michael Derlicki
On July 18, 2013 independent United Nations human rights experts asked Italian authorities to assist in the return of Alma Shalabayeva to Italy. Alma and her 6 year old daughter are Kazakh nationals who have been unlawfully deported to Kazakhstan back in May. The reason as to why Alma and her daughter were in Italy, was due to Alma’s husband, Mukhtar Ablyazov. Mukhtar was a political prisoner that opposed the Kazakhstan President, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Mukhtar was granted political asylum in the United Kingdom in 2011. Alma and her daughter received the ability to be legal residents in Italy until they received a notice of being expelled for the European Union due to her husband fleeing the UK due to threats. “François Crépeau, Juan E. Méndez and Gabriela Knaul, the UN experts on the rights of migrants, torture and independence of the judiciary, respectively, said the actions of the Italian authorities had violated guarantees of due process and deprived Ms. Shalabayeva of her right to appeal against deportation and to apply for asylum.” I agree completely with François Crépeau the UN expert on rights of migrants. I believe that Alma and her daughter should not be sent back to their country, due to the fact that the country of Kazakhstan wants to use them to get to Mukhtar. If the Kazakhstan government gets a hold of Alma and her daughter they will make examples of them ,showing what will happen to people and their families who oppose the president.
After much debate within Italy the UN experts of migrant rights announced that “We are encouraged to see that Italy has now publicly recognized that the deportation of Ms. Shalabayeva and her daughter was unlawful and unacceptable.”. The Italian authorities and the UN are working together to carry out thorough investigations on this case. The UN urges Italy and Kazakhstan to continue investigating this unacceptable action and to hold the people that are responsible accountable.
In my opinion I think that the UN is being very diplomatic in the encouragement of cooperation between Italy and Kazakhstan. I believe that the UN has no intentions of endangering Alma and her daughter to persecution, torture or ill-treatment. They also do not have any intentions of making this issue a international crisis. The UN is very supportive of Italy in helping resolve any remaining issues and in protecting the family. I believe that what the UN and Italy are doing in the end is the right action to take. I disagree with the initial expulsion of the family although great measures were taken to fix and resolve the issue diplomatically and securely. I am glad to know that Alma and her family are living safely in Italy and are being protected by the UN.