“AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT
AI Index: EUR 30/017/2012
Amnesty International is gravely concerned about the situation of about 250 Romani people who were being forcibly evicted from the camp of Tor de’ Cenci in Rome, Italy, on 28 September 2012, in violation of international standards on evictions. The residents of Tor de’ Cenci camp have never been genuinely consulted on the closure of the camp and are not being offered adequate alternative housing solutions. In particular, the organization is concerned that the only alternative housing offered by the authorities will result in further ethnic segregation for these families.
In addition, Amnesty International considers that their eviction risks exposing them to further human rights’ violations, including to an effective remedy, adequate housing, family life, education and equality before the law.
The residents of Tor de’ Cenci, mostly of Bosnian origin, who have been living in the camp for up to 16 years, are being forcibly evicted after their appeal to a local court against the ordinance of the mayor of Rome that their camp be closed for health and safety reasons was dismissed.”