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    Court Ruling Delivers Blow to Brexit Process| Italian Police Accused of Torture

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    The UK High Court has ruled that MPs must vote before Article 50 is triggered; and Amnesty International has accused the Italian authorities of using coercive measures, which could amount to torture, on refugees at “Hot Spots”.

    British MPs must vote on whether or not to trigger Article 50, to begin the UK's exit of the European Union: this was the verdict was the result of a high court challenge to the Brexit process, which may seriously delay the Prime Minister's Brexit timetable.

    Also, a report today by Amnesty International has highlighted severe abuse of refugees being processed in so-called 'hotspots' in Italy in accordance with a flagship EU processing scheme. It details coercive measures taken by Italian officials — including beatings and electrocution — to force refugees to have their fingerprints taken. We speak to Amnesty’s Italy researcher, Matteo de Bellis.

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    Article 50, Brexit, police, Amnesty International, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Juan Manuel Santos, Italy, United Kingdom, Sudan, Colombia, Argentina
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