MINELRES: ERRC: Italian Politician and Media Brought Under Scrutiny for Anti-Romani Speech

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Mon Nov 19 11:11:47 2007

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

ERRC calls for the Prosecution of High Level Hate Speech in Italy  

In the wake of recent anti-Romani hysteria in Italy, on 12 November 2007
the ERRC sent a request to the Prosecutor of Rome, Italy’s National
Office Against Discrimination, General Prosecutor and Journalists Order,
requesting that each office opens an investigation into hate speech by
Mr Gianfranco Fini, a high ranking political figure in Italy. In its
letter, the ERRC urged the head of each office to investigate both the
statements made by Mr Fini, as well as the responsibility of the
national Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera for publishing racist
statements without any sort of editorial remark.

The letter is the first in a series of planned activities by the ERRC
and local organisations in response to the wave of anti-Romani speech
and actions in Italy following the murder of an Italian woman by a
Romanian Romani man and ensuing amendments to Italian immigrations laws
relevant to EU citizens. The full text of the letter is available at:

For more information, please contact:

ERRC: Andi Dobrushi, Senior Staff Attorney, andi.dobrushi@errc.org,

Persons wishing to express similar concerns are urged to contact:

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

Procura della Republica Circondario: Roma 
Piazzale Clodio 
00195 ROMA (RM)
Via Gregorio VII, 122 (3° piano)
00167 ROMA (RM)
Fax: 06 - 39736135

Ordine Nazionale dei Giornalisti
Roma 00186 - Lungotevere de' Cenci, 8
Tel. 06-686231 Fax 06-68804084
www.odg.it - e-mail: odg@odg.it  


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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