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Italy: The ongoing scandal of Roma housing in Italy: Amnesty International files complaint before European Committee of Social Rights

, Index number: EUR 30/0064/2019

In response to the ongoing scandal of the housing situation of Roma in Italy, Amnesty International filed a complaint on 18 March 2019 with the European Committee of Social Rights. The complaint is the first ever to be filed by Amnesty International under the Committee’s collective complaints procedure. Drawing on years of research by the organisation, especially in the cities of Rome, Milan and Naples, the complaint presents comprehensive evidence alleging how the housing situation of Romani communities in Italy amounts to a series of breaches of the European Social Charter, which is binding upon Italy. These include widespread forced evictions; the continued use of segregated camps featuring substandard housing and lack of equal access to social housing.

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