Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy must change policies marginalizing Roma, says Amnesty

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 12 - Italy must urgently change
"discriminatory laws, policies and practices that marginalize
the country's Roma," said a report released by human rights
watchdog Amnesty International on Wednesday.
Italy's Roma (sometimes called Gypsies) are still
segregated and without prospects for integration, according to
the report On the Edge: Roma, Forced Evictions and Segregation
in Italy.
The Italian government is not "fulfilling its international
obligations and commitments to the European Commission," said
Amnesty Chair Italy Christine Weise.
Though Premier Mario Monti's government does not use the
"derogatory language" of their predecessors, when it comes to a
transition from words to deeds, "no real difference can be
detected", says the report.
The majority of Roma in Italy live in state-funded or
improvised camps and risk forced eviction without housing
alternatives.
"Roma in Italy remain trapped in bureaucratic hurdles
ensuring they won't qualify for the scarce social housing," said
Weise.
"Regardless of promises to promote equal treatment and
improve Roma's living conditions, included in the National
Strategy for Roma Inclusion that the Italian government
presented to the EU in February 2012, hundreds of Romani people
in Rome and Milan have been forcibly evicted and left homeless
this year," said the report.

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