Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Roma camp dismantled in Italy's capital

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(ANSA) - Rome, September 28 - Rome municipal authorities
dimantled the Tor de'Cenci Romani settlement on the outskirts of
the city, evicted its inhabitants and bulldozed the camp's
housing on Friday morning.
Human Rights group Amnesty International said in an open
statement to the Italian government that they condemned the
"unlawful eviction" and were "gravely worried for the wellbeing
of the 250 inhabitants of the destroyed camp left without any
offer of adequate alternative accommodation, leaving many of
them at risk of homelessness".
An Amnesty report in April said that Roma, sometimes
called Gypsies, continue to face "persecution and human rights
abuses" in Italy.
The non-governmental organization criticized the
discriminatory climate against Roma, specifically the 2008 Nomad
Emergency decree that gave government representatives in the
regions of Lombardy, Lazio and Campania the authority to waive
human-rights legislation and allowed forced evictions of Roma
communities.
The decree was declared unlawful by the country's highest
administrative court in 2011.
Discrimination against Roma is one of Italy's biggest
human-rights problems, Amnesty International said in the
country's section of its 2010 annual report.
The Italian government has consistently denied applying
discriminatory practices regarding Roma.
Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno said on Friday that the
destruction of the camp had been pre-warned and that no abuses
by authorities took place during the operation.
Italy's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Integration
Andrea Riccardi expressed his "astonishment at the manner and
the suddenness of the eviction of the Roma camp of Tor de'
Cenci, the destruction of shacks and caravans that all took
place in front of numerous children and minors".
The dismantling precedes a to-be-released report by the
Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner, which has asked
Italy to immediately stop the practice of segregation and forced
evictions that are in stark contrast to the National Strategy
for Roma inclusion, approved by the government last spring.

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