Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – ITALY, March 2008Consideration of reports submitted by states parties under article 9 of the convention.
Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – ITALY, March 2008
Concerning the Italian situation, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expresses concern about hate speech targeting Roma by politicians, and the role of the media in spreading anti-Roma messages. The Committee also highlights the 'use of illegal force by the police against Roma', particularly following the enactment of emergency decrees on the expulsion of EU nationals. As regards the issue of hate speech, CERD notes that Italy 'should increase its efforts to prevent racially motivated offences and hate speech, and ensure that relevant criminal law provisions are effectively implemented'. CERD also recommends that Italy takes action to counter any tendency to use racist propaganda for political purposes.