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National minorities: Council of Europe body calls on Italy to better protect Roma, Sinti and Camminanti

29 July 2016
National minorities: Council of Europe body calls on Italy to better protect Roma, Sinti and Camminanti

On 28 July, the Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) has called on Italy to take urgent steps to elaborate and adopt a specific national legislative framework for the protection of Roma, Sinti and Camminanti communities.

In its Fourth Opinion on Italy the Committee urges Italy to make sustained and effective efforts to prevent, fight and sanction the inequality and discrimination suffered by Roma, Sinti and Camminanti : improving their living conditions, in order to allow residents to move out of the so called “nomad camps” to adequate social housing.

Roma, Sinti and Camminanti remain socially and economically marginalised. Resolute measures are also needed to combat early school dropout and underachievement, ensuring that all children have full access to mainstream education.

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