Tag: forced evictions
By Radost Zaharieva
Education is a fundamental right according to article 14 from the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union. Access to quality education is essential for successful participation in society, and it is a crucial element for Roma communities to combat the social exclusion they face, and to improve their economic situation. Access to education for Roma communities is also vital if they are to access their social, economic and cultural rights, such as access to housing, health care and employment.
Despite international criticism, and calls from the Council of Europe to halt all forced evictions of Roma, Italy just carries on regardless. ERRC monitoring revealed that in the final summer month of August, the Italian authorities evicted more than 300 Roma in a series of actions across the country.
“Mob law is the most forcible expression of an abnormal public opinion; it shows that society is rotten to the core.” – Timothy Thomas Fortune
Forced evictions are nothing new for Roma. For many, the ongoing process of settling and resettling when the state bullies and bulldozes Romani families out of their homes has become disturbingly familiar.
In the latest criticism of Italy’s shameful treatment of Roma, a Strasbourg body expressed concern at the noticeable increase of xenophobia and anti-Gypsyism, and the widespread and commonplace use of discriminatory, intolerant, and racist language in political discourse and media outlets in Italy.
“Ahh, Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia … in 1975-76 when I started school, I was living together with non-Roma, Macedonians, Albanians and Turks in a multiethnic society. As a Rom who was born in Yugoslavia, a country of six republics and two provinces … a man who was born in Kumanovo, I think that Yugoslav socialism was good for Roma … Roma could find work and travel from state to state without any need for special documents …”