Civil Society Organisations Urge Prime Ministers to Intervene to Stop Forced Evictions of Roma
Inter-State Cooperation Between Police Authorities Seen as Unsettling New Development in Policies of Exclusion of Roma.
Three independent non-governmental organisations this week sent letters to Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, urging them to intervene to stop the forced eviction of Romanian Roma from their housing in Rome, Italy.
The evictions, stepped up following a visit by Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni to Romania in June, have been implemented by Rome authorities with the active involvement of the Romanian police. The letter expresses particular concern at the eviction of approximately 1 000 Romanian Roma from the Via dell'Imbarco, Magliana area of Rome on 19 July 2007.
The letter also notes with concern a number of racist statements made about Roma by Romanian authorities in particular, in the context of their cooperation with authorities in Western Europe to repatriate Romanian Roma.
The letter was copied to a number of authorities in Italy and Romania, as well as to relevant Council of Europe, European Union and United Nations instances.
The full text of the letter is available at:http://www.cohre.org/statements
The following organisations signed the letter:
The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) COHRE is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit human rights organisation campaigning for the protection of housing rights and the prevention of forced evictions around the world. COHRE's overall objective is to promote and protect the housing rights of everyone everywhere. Further information about COHRE is available athttp://www.cohre.org.
The European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) ERGO is an independent network of Roma organisations with members in five European States and observers in another two. ERGO strives to build much needed links between local grassroots level and the national and international level and to contribute to strengthening the Roma movement. Further information about ERGO and its affiliates is available at:http://www.ergonetwork.org/index.htm.
OsservAzione - The Centre for Action Research against Roma and Sinti Discrimination OsservAzione is a non-governmental organisation which engages in a range of activities aimed at combating anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma and Sinti in Italy. For more information about OsservAzione, visithttp://www.osservazione.org
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