05/14/2019

Urgent Action: 500 Roma People Homeless After Forced Eviction (Italy: UA 68.19)


Around 500 Roma people, including around 150 children, pregnant women and older people have been left homeless after being forcibly evicted by the authorities from their settlement in municipality of Giugliano in Campania, in southern Italy, on 10 May. The Roma families have been made homeless and are living in inhuman conditions as the authorities have failed to provide them with alternative housing.

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Mr Giuseppe Conte
President of the Council of Ministers
Palazzo Chigi, Piazza Colonna 370
00187 Roma
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @GiuseppeConteIT
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Ambassador Armando Varricchio
Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven St NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 612 4400 I Fax: 202 518 2154
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President of the Council of Ministers,

I am writing to express my concern over the situation of around 500 Roma people, including some 150 children, pregnant women and older people, who have been left homeless in the Ponte Riccio locality after being forcibly evicted by the local authorities of Giugliano in Campania on 10 May 2019.

These Roma families have already been victims of a catalogue of human rights violations at the hands of national and local authorities in recent years, including being forcibly evicted in June 2016 and relocated to a former fireworks factory where they were living in inhuman conditions, and where they remained until 10 May. For almost three years, the authorities failed to guarantee the families an adequate housing solution, only to forcibly evict them again, and leave them homeless and at risk of abuses and other human rights violations.

Since 10 May, the families are desperately seeking shelter in the surrounding localities. However, they have been faced with hostility by the municipalities in the area. With no housing, access to electricity, water or the possibility to cook, the families remain in very dire conditions. This will have a particularly adverse impact on children, pregnant women and older people. Forced evictions are a human rights violation and Italy has obligations under international law to ensure that all those who cannot provide for themselves are offered adequate housing.

I therefore urge you to ensure that immediate short-term emergency shelter is found for the homeless families, that guarantees their right to adequate housing, water, and sanitation. I also urge you to ensure that all relevant authorities engage immediately with the community to identify longer term adequate alternative housing as outlined in international and regional human rights laws and standards and in Italy’s National Strategy for Roma Inclusion.

Yours sincerely,

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES