Tag: italy

Forced evictions: A campaign of harassment against Roma in Italy

2017-09-28

By Rosi Mangiacavallo

On the 20 September 2017, I was walking with Marco, a colleague from Associazione 21 Luglio, beneath a burning sun through the streets of Scampia, a suburb of Naples. It was the third time in three months that we were visiting to the Cupa Perillo camp. What would be the mood of the people we met them? We asked ourselves this question because since11 July about 630 Roma, who had been living in Cupa Perillo camp for between 20 and 30 years, were now under threat of eviction because of a preventive seizure issued by the court of Naples. 

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Gianturco Roma Camp Demolished This Morning

2017-04-07

By Bernard Rorke

On the eve of International Roma Day, in an illegal pre-emptive strike, Italian authorities demolished the Gianturco camp near Naples. This action was designed to see off attempts by NGOs to secure emergency interventions to halt the mass evictions scheduled for 11 April. 

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Does the Race Equality Directive apply to Italy or not?

2017-02-27

By Bernard Rorke

Despite the Roma-only camps, the Roma-only emergency shelters, despite all the evictions and all the discrimination faced by Roma, Italy remains unpunished for its transgressions. To date, no action has been taken by the European Commission to signal its discontent with the undeclared apartheid that persists in this large and powerful EU member state.

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New UN rebuke for Italy on hate speech, hate crime and forced evictions of Roma

2016-12-22

By Bernard Rorke

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), in its concluding observations just issued, called on the Italian authorities to halt all further evictions of Roma, and to scotch any plans to establish new segregated camps. This stands as a forthright vindication of the concerns highlighted by the ERRC in its recent submission to the Committee.

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Time for Europe to end childhood statelessness

2016-11-22

By Bernard Rorke

Today the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) submits its petition with tens of thousands of signatures calling on European states to prevent children from growing up without a nationality; to close the gaps to identify and grant nationality to children born on their territory who would otherwise be stateless, as soon as possible after birth; and to ensure access to free and universal birth registration. This issue remains particularly pertinent to Roma.

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