MINELRES: ERRC/osservAzione Request Urgent Action by Italian Authorities in Response to Anti-Romani Pacts

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Fri May 25 21:06:14 2007

Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>

Urgent Action on Romani Housing Rights Issues in Italy 

On 23 May 2007, the ERRC and partner organisation osservAzione sent a
letter to the highest Italian authorities calling for urgent action to
rescind recently signed “Pacts for Security” in Rome and Milan, which
foresee the forced eviction of more than 10,000 Roma. The letter, which
was sent to the Italian President, the President of the Italian Council
of Ministers, the Minister of Interior and the Italian
anti-discrimination body UNAR, called on Italian authorities to respect
their international law obligations and adopt housing policies and
programmes which avoid homelessness and the further segregation of Roma,
and which provide real and adequate housing solutions for the Roma in
Italy. In their letter, which was copied to relevant European and
international agencies, the ERRC and osservAzione recalled the December
2005 decision of the European Committee of Social Rights, which found
Italy in violation of the housing rights guarantees contained in the
Revised European Social Charter with respect to Roma. The full text of
the letter can be viewed http://www.errc.org/cikk.php?cikk=2796 . 

Persons wishing to express similar concerns are urged to contact:

Mr Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy
Palazzo del Quirinale
00187 Rome - Piazza del Quirinale 
Fax +39.06.46993125

Mr Romano Prodi, President of the Council of Ministers
Palazzo Chigi, Piazza Colonna 370
00187 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39.06.6779.5342/5326

Mr Giuliano Amato, Italian Minister of Interior 
Ministry of the Interior, Palazzo Viminale
00187 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39.06.46549815

Marco De Giorgi, General Director
Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Razziali (UNAR)
Dipartimento Diritti e Pari Opportunita
Largo Chigi 19
I-00187 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39.06 67792272

Mr Vuk Jeremic
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers
24-26 Kneza Milosa St., 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Fax +381 11 3618-366

Mr Hans-Gert Pottering
President of the European Parliament
European Parliament,  
Rue Wiertz, PHS 11B011, 1047 Brussels, Belgium
Fax: +32 2 28 49769

Ms Polonca Koncar
Chair of the European Committee of Social Rights
Secretariat of the European Social Charter, Directorate of Human Rights
Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, FRANCE
Fax: +33 3 88 41 3700

Mr Miloon Kothari
UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing
Office of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights
UNOG-OHCHR, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 917 9006

Mr Thomas Hammarberg
Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner
Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, FRANCE
Fax: +33 3 90 21 50 53

Ms Helene Flautre, Chair of the EP Committee on Human Rights
Bureau d'Helene Flautre au Parlement europeen
8G130, 60 rue Wiertz
1049, Brussels, Belgium
Fax: +32 2 28 49 364

Mr Jan Andersson, Chair of the EP Committee on Employment and Social
Office de Jan Andersson 14G306, 
60 Rue Wiertz 
1047 Brussels, Belgium
Fax: +32 2 28 49554  


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the human rights situation of Roma and
provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more
information about the European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the
web at http://www.errc.org 

To support the ERRC, please visit this link:

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200

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