Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Roma and Sinti delegation meets with House speaker


Rome, April 8 - A delegation of Roma and Sinti met
with Italian House Speaker Laura Boldrini on Monday in Rome on
the UN-established international day celebrating the minority
group that has been defined as Europe's most discriminated.
Representatives from eight Romani families living in Italy
met with the former spokesperson for the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and spoke about their living
conditions and situation in Italy.
"We have two requests - that we are recognized officially
as one of Italy's ethnic minorities and that an alternative to
the system of segregated camps as housing be eliminated," the
delegation said.
"I know how ancient your history is, as well as how it is
marked by tragedies and attempts at extermination. More needs to
be done to make your history known...and to overcome prejudice
and discrimination," Boldrini said.
International Roma and Sinti Day has been celebrated yearly
on April 8 since 1979 and was created by the UN to highlight the
past and present struggles of the ethnic minority.
Italy has continuously been criticized by human rights
watchdogs like Amnesty International for ongoing discrimination
against the Roma people's rights to education, housing, health
care and employment.

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