Kyenge and Boldrini improving Italy, says UN
Day of mourning for shipwreck victims shows positive change04 October, 13:21
The government's decision to call a national mourning day for more than 111 migrants from the Horn of Africa who drowned in a shipwreck Thursday off Italy's coast, is a major step forward, said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
This acknowledgement of the suffering of migrants and asylum seekers "marks a big and appreciated change in the attitude of the Italian authorities," said Pillay.
Pillay also praised "the leading role...in this change," played by Cecile Kyenge, Italy's first black cabinet minister, and Laura Boldrini, president of the Chamber of Deputies, Italy's Lower House.
Kyenge, who was named minister of integration in April, has endured a great deal of racist threats and attacks from other politicians because of her birth in Congo and desire to change Italy's immigration laws.