WRITTEN SUBMISSION BY THE EUROPEAN ROMA RIGHTS CENTRE CONCERNING ITALY (To the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, for consideration at its 91st Session 21 November - 9 December 2016) Cover Image

WRITTEN SUBMISSION BY THE EUROPEAN ROMA RIGHTS CENTRE CONCERNING ITALY (To the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, for consideration at its 91st Session 21 November - 9 December 2016)
WRITTEN SUBMISSION BY THE EUROPEAN ROMA RIGHTS CENTRE CONCERNING ITALY (To the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, for consideration at its 91st Session 21 November - 9 December 2016)

Author(s): Specified No Author
Subject(s): International Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Evaluation research, Social differentiation, Studies in violence and power, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: European Roma Rights Center
Keywords: Italy; Roma; human rights; segregation; Roma communities; evictions; violence; hate speech;
Summary/Abstract: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is a Roma-led international public interest law organisation which monitors the human rights of Roma in Europe and provides legal defence in cases of human rights violations. The ERRC is deeply concerned at the lack of progress made by Italian authorities since CERD issued its concluding observations on Italy in 2012 with specific reference to the committee’s detailed recommendations concerning the situation of Roma and Sinti. The committee rebuked Italy for its targeted evictions, and its de facto segregation of Roma communities in poorly equipped camps. Italy was requested to provide effective remedies to Roma and Sinti for the negative impact of the emergency decrees, and to consult with these communities in the development of programs directed at them. No progress has been made with regards to this request, and the submission provides evidence that the situation has actually worsened. This submission also finds that CERD’s calls for stronger efforts to combat and punish both racist violence and pervasive hate speech directed at Roma, Sinti and non-citizens have yet to be adequately addressed.

  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: English