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A home destroyed: the eviction of Gianturco

Almost a week after it happened, I left Naples with a heavy heart. I keep reliving the moment I said goodbye to Jenica and her 1 year old baby girl, when she asked me: “What do we do now? Where will we sleep tonight?” I left her in front of the municipality, surrounded by other Romani families left homeless after the eviction of Gianturco Romani settlement. I was there when the forced eviction started and have spent five days documenting the cruel demolition of the Gianturco settlement and its disastrous aftermath.

Date:
12 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Italy
  • Discrimination

Italy: Further information: Hundreds of Roma forcibly evicted

Hundreds of Roma living in the settlement of Gianturco were forcibly evicted on 7 April. Dozens of families had already left the settlement due to intensified police checks and harassment and many are feared homeless. The 200 people still present on 7 April were moved to inadequate alternative housing or rendered homeless and vulnerable to other human rights violations.

Date:
12 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/6051/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

‘They are throwing us on the street like dogs’ - Europe abandons the Roma in Italy

In the last weeks, ahead of International Roma Day tomorrow, EU leaders in Brussels have been paying great lip service to Roma, Europe’s largest and most disadvantaged minority. Yet, this morning, hundreds of Roma in Italy were forcibly evicted from the Gianturco informal settlement in Naples. Their eviction is an unfortunate reminder of the discrimination suffered by the Roma, and the refusal of the European Commission to take action.

Date:
7 April 2017
  • Article
  • Italy
  • Discrimination

Italy: Forced eviction of Roma on eve of International Roma Day ‘cruel’

Following the forced eviction of hundreds of Roma from their homes in the Gianturco settlement in Naples this morning, Catrinel Motoc, Amnesty International’s regional campaigner said:  “At 7am today dozens of police descended on the Gianturco settlement outside Naples to forcibly evict hundreds of Roma from their homes. By 11am, the only trace left behind were the clothes, toys, furniture, mattresses and gas canisters that many had had to abandon there.

Date:
7 April 2017
  • News
  • Italy
  • Discrimination

Hundreds of Roma to be forcibly evicted as EU leaders' refusal to sanction Italy exposed

Infringement proceedings against Italy blocked at the highest level of the European Commission Amnesty International spokespeople on the ground and available for interview  As European leaders were today revealed to have blocked action against Italy for discrimination against the Roma, Amnesty International warned that the imminent forced eviction of Romani residents from Gianturco informal settlement in Naples, will render hundreds, including children, elderly, sick and disabled, homeless.

Date:
6 April 2017
  • Research
  • Italy
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Italy: Hundreds of Roma at risk of forced eviction from the informal settlement of Gianturco in Naples

Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the threat of imminent forced eviction by local authorities of approximately 1,300 Romanian Roma, living in the Gianturco informal settlement, in the city of Naples, southern Italy. Municipal authorities are planning to relocate 200 of the evicted Roma to a new segregated camp currently being built by the municipality, co-funded by the Ministry of Interior.

Date:
22 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/5926/2017
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  • Italy
  • Discrimination

Italy: Hundreds of Roma at risk of forced eviction

A community of approximately 1300 Romanian Roma is facing an imminent forced eviction from the informal settlement of Gianturco in Naples, in southern Italy. Around 200 of the Roma will be rehoused by the municipality in a newly built segregated camp in Via del Riposo. The rest risk being rendered homeless. The municipal authorities have so far failed to carry out a genuine consultation to identify adequate alternative housing.

Date:
22 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/5937/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Italy
  • Racial Discrimination

1,000 Roma face homelessness

Up to 1,300 people are at risk of being made homeless as local authorities prepare to evict Romani families from the informal settlement of Gianturco, in Naples, southern Italy. Around 200 people will be rehoused in a new segregated camp being built by the municipality. However, that still leaves several hundred more with nowhere to go, including dozens of children, elderly, sick and disabled people. TAKE ACTION FOR THEM NOW.

Date:
21 March 2017
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  • Refugees

The human cost of European hypocrisy on Libya

When he saw boats in the distance, Issa knew he was going to live. It was July 2014 and he had spent hours in the sea, clinging to a plastic petrol container while women, men and children drowned around him. The small rubber boat that was supposed to take them all to Italy had sunk just two hours after leaving the Libyan coast. Of the 137 people Issa says were on board, only 49 survived. Issa, from Burkina Faso, was not rescued by any passing ship but was picked up by the Libyan coastguard.

Date:
15 March 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them

Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the publication of a comprehensive human rights analysis of counter-terrorism measures across 14 EU member states. Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe reveals how a deluge of laws and amendments passed with break-neck speed, is undermining fundamental freedoms and dismantling hard-won human rights protections.

Date:
17 January 2017
  • Research
  • Italy
  • Migrants

Wire Magazine January - March 2017: Welcome to Mexico

In this issue we look into the eyes of Central American refugees in Mexico and at how detentions and deportations are replacing Mexican hospitality; focus on hotspot Italy and abuses of refugees and migrants by European governments; highlight Indonesia and the great palm oil scandal; suggest practical ways to protect online privacy; and celebrate a few of the ways you made a positive difference in 2016.

Date:
1 January 2017
Ref:
NWS 21/5183/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Turning up the heat on refugees and migrants

Salih was just 10 years old when militias attacked his village in Sudan’s North Darfur region. “It was in the evening. They were shooting and setting fire to our huts. My parents were killed but I managed to escape. ” He made his way to Khartoum, where he stayed until earlier this year when his uncle in the UK sent him money to come and join him. It took him more than a month to travel across the desert into Libya and northwards to the coast where he paid his passage on an overcrowded boat across the Mediterranean.

Date:
3 November 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Italy
  • Refugees

Ill-treated for a fingerprint: Asladain's story

Asladain, 19, from Ethiopia, interviewed August 2016 I left Ethiopia because of the political situation. I’m Oromo and in 1991 there was conflict between Tigrinya and Oromo. My grandfather and my father fought for the Oromo. Later, my father was arrested and my brother shot dead at university by the government. In Ethiopia if you are Oromo you can’t do anything. They arrest you and they can kill you. At the time I wasn’t involved in politics.

Date:
3 November 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Italy
  • Refugees

Coerced to give fingerprints: Mariam's story

Mariam, 23, from Sudan, interviewed in July 2016 From Egypt, I travelled by boat to Italy with my 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter and about 400 other people. We arrived on 6 June, I don’t know where. At the port, the Red Cross asked whether we needed medical assistance. I am pregnant and during the crossing I was bleeding, so I told them. We boarded buses and were promptly taken to a centre surrounded by fences, where they asked our names, surnames, date of birth, and nationality.

Date:
3 November 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Italy: Beatings and unlawful expulsions amid EU push to get tough on refugees and migrants

The European Union’s pressure on Italy to “get tough” on refugees and migrants has led to unlawful expulsions and ill-treatment which in some cases may amount to torture, a new report from Amnesty International revealed today. Beatings, electric shocks and sexual humiliation are among the numerous allegations of abuse documented in Hotspot Italy: How EU’s flagship approach leads to violations of refugee and migrant rights.

Date:
3 November 2016