The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights first asked the Italian state to suspend the execution of an eviction, after the intervention of a group of activists for the home. The letter invoking a position refers to the eviction of Yoidanis Biset Bueno, a 49-year-old Cuban with two children aged 13 and 19, to whom he had been rented as accommodation an office without habitability in an apartment complex of a “zone plan” subsidized by the Municipality, in the Villa Certosa district (Casilino), in Rome.
On the eve of June 30, when the freeze on evictions will expire, a precedent for many people and families that risk ending up on the street. In the presentation of the case, several strengths in favor of the woman had been proposed: a black contract, punctually honored for a long time, then followed by a rent increase to which she responded by stopping to pay because she was unemployed, but also to claim your right to a regular lease; the lack of supervision by the Municipality of Rome on the restrictions on leases in the apartments of subsidized housing; failure by the court to consider the public ownership of the residential complex; the previous events of the woman, a victim of gender-based violence, already a refugee in a reception center, now engaged in a legal battle over the custody of her younger daughter.
In the response letter – dated May 27, signed “Ibrahim Salama, director of the Human Rights Treaty” section (the request was dated May 19), and reached the activists just after the end of the picket which obtained a new postponement of one month for the execution of the eviction – the UN commissioner declares “that he has requested the Member State to take measures to avoid possible irreparable damage while the case is being examined by the commission”, and gives Italy eight months to find adequate accommodation for the lady, in compliance with the UN conventions on relocation after evictions. From the social services came the proposal to divide the woman from the child just of age, a hypothesis that however “would violate Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that Italy has signed – the activists stressed -, which affirms the right of every individual to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing, and shelter, and the continuous improvement of his or her living conditions. The Italian State and the Municipality of Rome should control the use of the public housing apartments they helped build, since the purpose of public housing investment is to offer housing to those with limited access to the free housing market, do not favor private profits “.
June 5, 2021 | 19:45
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