Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy only EU country to place ethnic Roma in 'State camps'

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Rome, May 21 - The human rights watchdog European
Roma Rights Center (ERRC) said in an article published in the
Financial Times on Tuesday that Italy is the only European
country where the State "systematically practices, organizes and
sponsors segregated camps" for ethnic Roma.
"Segregated settlements...constructed and authorised by
the authorities are supposed to ensure that camps are built in
areas beneficial to the Romani community. In practice, these
camps are often isolated and segregated, making it extremely
difficult for Roma to access their basic rights to education,
employment and healthcare," the ERRC wrote.
Camps authorised by the authorities and located on the
periphery of cities and towns are home to around one third of
the Roma living in Italy, the ERRC said.
According to the organization, the number of camps in the
capital have grown under Rome Mayor Gianni Alemmano's
administration.
"Authorities have spent 62 million euros since 2009 on
camps, 13 of which were supposed to be completed by 2011, but
today there are only eight (organized villages)," human rights
association 21 Luglio President Carlo Stasolla said.

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