Italian Courts Must Respect Human Rights in Ruling on Relocation of Roma
7 November 2012
Budapest, Rome, 7 November 2012:
The European Roma Rights Centre is calling for Italian courts and authorities to uphold human rights standards when addressing Roma housing in the run up to a crucial hearing on legality of La Barbuta, a segregated camp for Roma built by Rome authorities.
The La Barbuta case, submitted by ASGI and Associazione 21 Luglio challenging the relocation of approximately 650 Romani people to the new settlement from other semi-formal camps in the city, is expected to reach a conclusion after proceedings starting on 9 November before the Court of Rome II Civil Section. The affected Romani individuals have been living in a state of uncertainly for more than three months as Italian courts have considered the legality of the segregated camp and relocation of the planned residents. The forced relocation of Roma to La Barbuta has already been stopped once on 4 August 2012 and restarted on 4 September by two different court orders. The Court of Rome is now expected to reach a final decision not only on the legitimacy of the relocation of La Barbuta; but also on discrimination and ethnic segregation in similar formal settlements built by Italian authorities.