Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Red Cross Collaborates in Ethnic Filing of Roma in Italy"

Once again the Red Cross are demonstrating that they are not in fact "nuetral" as they always claim to be. Italian Police are being assisted by the Red Cross to carry out the abhorent act of finger printing the Romani people, including innocent little children.

The Romani in Italy live in squallor and are the victims of frequent and extreme racial attacks, which the police fail to prevent.

The Red Cross should be involved, but far from finger printing these poor people they should be doing what they can to help them.

Although I do not dispute that the Red Cross does do a huge amount of good work worldwide, sadly when it comes to our people it is a very different story. In a more recent "Holocaust" the Red Cross failed to help the Roma when they were dying , often freezing to death on the Macedonian border, the help was there, but the Red Cross workers who were mostly Albanian refused the aid on purely racial grounds.

In World War 2 the Red Cross played an active part, collaborating with the Nazi's and aiding them in the deportation of innocent people to the death camps.

And now we have this horror taking place in a modern Europe, in a so called civilized country.
Please email the spokes person for the International Committee for the Red Cross to protest.

Please also sign the petition


Press release - European Center for Antiziganism Research Monday July 14, 2008
Massimo Barra, the head of the Italian Red Cross, insisted that the aim was to integrate Roma people into Italian society. If children were fingerprinted, it would be done "as a game", he said. Mr Barra said the Red Cross "always respects human rights. We are building bridges, not walls." 5 July, The Times
The European Center for Antiziganism Research based in Hamburg, Germany condemns in the strongest possible terms the involvement of the Italian Red Cross in assisting the Italian Government in the ethnic registration and profiling of Roma. We urge members of European Civil Society to condemn this action of the Italian Red Cross and to pressure the Red Cross (internationally) to demand that their Italian division withdraw from this involvement.
The registration of minorities is contrary to European Data and Minority Protection legislation in Italy, and yesterday, the European Parliament itself passed a Resolution against the fingerprinting of Roma in Italy, see a recent news report at:
The announcement that the Red Cross will assist the Italian police in the registration and fingerprinting of Roma in Rome, Naples and Milan was made by Massimo Barra, Head of the Italian Red Cross, in an interview published in The Times on July 5. This was confirmed in a statement by the Italian Minister of the Interior, Mr. Roberto Maroni, published in the Südtiroler Zeitung on July 10, that the government of Silvio Berlusconi is proud of the participation of the Red Cross in the ethnic registration and fingerprinting of Roma.
The decision of the Italian Red Cross to assist a neo-fascistic Government in singling out the Roma for registration and profiling is chillingly reminiscent of Red Cross collaborations with the Nazis during WWII in the registering, deportations and destruction of Roma life. Moreover, today these actions are being validated by arguments that are similar to those of Nazi German, which state that Roma and Sinti need to be controlled as a means of “crime-prevention”.
We ask every Board and Organizational Structure of the Red Cross to condemn the actions of the Italian Red Cross which support the current Italian government’s recent measures towards Roma.
We request an official Statement from the International Red Cross, as a matter of urgency, condemning the behaviour of the Italian Red Cross for their support of the policies of the neo-fascistic Italian Government. We demand an immediate interdiction of this support for the Italian Police in ethnic profiling and registrations of Roma.
Furthermore, we urge members of European Civil Society to pressure the Red Cross by withdrawing their support, and stopping their financial support to its activities.


Anonymous Darryl Warren said...

This is appalling! Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I donate to the Red Cross and they will be hearing from me tomorrow. I also found another article on the treatment of the Roma over at

I'm glad that there are folks paying attention to this!

July 17, 2008 at 1:44:00 AM GMT  
Anonymous Dick said...

Once again the Roma are made subject to institutional racism. Once again their persecution is legitimised where in respect of any other ethnic minority it would be abhorred. What kind of warped perception can reject totally the notion of the wholesale assimilation of Jewish, Arab, Asian, indeed any non-Caucasian minorities and yet pursue it for the Roma people?

July 17, 2008 at 6:07:00 AM GMT  
Anonymous LorMarie said...

"In World War 2 the Red Cross played an active part, collaborating with the Nazi's and aiding them in the deportation of innocent people to the death camps."

Of all the things I read here, this is the most shocking. It places the Red Cross in a negative light. But the truth needs to be told nonetheless.

July 20, 2008 at 1:07:00 AM GMT  
Anonymous Dickh said...

And now two drowned Roma girls lie on an Italian beach, half-covered by towels left by a holiday-maker, whilst nearby a youth talks on his mobile 'phone and sunbathers enjoy the hot weather. Maybe we shouldn't be surprised: 'The Independent' reports that 2/3 of Italians want Roma deported. Welcome back, Benito!

July 22, 2008 at 8:55:00 AM GMT  
Anonymous Chris said...

What is not said in your interesting article is that starting from 2010 everyone in Italy will be fingerprinted by law. So there is no more an "ethnic" filing issue.

Concerning the tragedy of the two girls: it came to my knowledge that the beach where the tragedy took place is attended by plenty of foreigners tourists, not only italians.

I couldn't tell the nationality of the sun-bathing people on that picture (british? italians? germans?) and I haven't heard of foreigher tourists on that beach diving into the sea to try and save the children or expressing rage and disgust against the "indifferent behaviour" on that beach.

So if Benito is, this time around is more of an euro-version of him.

What's your thinking about it?

Moreover, I would like to know more about the parents of the two not able to swim underage children, left without familiar care trading with tourists on the beach.

It would be great if you could find more informations on this.

Thank you.

August 17, 2008 at 8:50:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Wren said...

"Starting from 2010 everyone in Italy will be fingerprinted by law". Italy started early;
July 2008. Why?

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