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Freedom of Expression or Prohibition of Racial Discrimination? Stigmatisation of Roma in the Media and in Political Speech in Italy

Freedom of Expression or Prohibition of Racial Discrimination? Stigmatisation of Roma in the... Claudia Tavani* I. Introduction The Roma¹ minority is the most marginalized in Italy. The living conditions of Roma are below acceptable standards. With little consideration for how they view themselves, Roma are labelled as nomads and are not recognized as a national minority subject to special rights guaranteeing, among others, specific protection from discrimination. This label allows the cultural legitimation of their exclusion to the point that, regardless of whether they wish to live nomadically or settle into a location and be sedentary, they are forced to live in camps outside cities in unsanitary conditions and with little or no access to education, employment or health care. Claudia Tavani is a former Research Fellow at the Dipartimento di Diritto Pubblico e Studi Sociali, Università di Cagliari; she currently works as Project Manager at Associazione 21 luglio. Th is research was sponsored by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (RAS) through a grant financed with the Sardinia PO FSE 2007-2013 funds and provided according to the L.R. 7/2007 for the "Promotion of Scientific Research and of Technological Innovation in Sardinia." Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Freedom of Expression or Prohibition of Racial Discrimination? Stigmatisation of Roma in the Media and in Political Speech in Italy

European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online , Volume 11 (1): 49 – Nov 17, 2014

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Abstract

Claudia Tavani* I. Introduction The Roma¹ minority is the most marginalized in Italy. The living conditions of Roma are below acceptable standards. With little consideration for how they view themselves, Roma are labelled as nomads and are not recognized as a national minority subject to special rights guaranteeing, among others, specific protection from discrimination. This label allows the cultural legitimation of their exclusion to the point that, regardless of whether they wish to live nomadically or settle into a location and be sedentary, they are forced to live in camps outside cities in unsanitary conditions and with little or no access to education, employment or health care. Claudia Tavani is a former Research Fellow at the Dipartimento di Diritto Pubblico e Studi Sociali, Università di Cagliari; she currently works as Project Manager at Associazione 21 luglio. Th is research was sponsored by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (RAS) through a grant financed with the Sardinia PO FSE 2007-2013 funds and provided according to the L.R. 7/2007 for the "Promotion of Scientific Research and of Technological Innovation in Sardinia." Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily

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Published: Nov 17, 2014

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