UK: Court of Appeal upholds the right to roam of Romany and Travellers

A significant judgment from the UK Court of Appeal upholds the rights of Romany and Traveller communities to maintain their way of life.


"The Court of Appeal, in The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Bromley v Persons Unknown [2020] EWCA Civ 12 [pdf], has delivered a unanimous judgment reaffirming the rights of the Romany (‘Gypsy’) and Traveller community to live in accordance with their traditional, nomadic way of life.

The case is significant for two reasons. First, in recent years there has been a spate of local authorities applying for injunctions which prevent Romany and Travellers setting up unauthorised encampments in their boroughs. There are now 38 of these injunctions nationwide.

...Second, in its judgment, the Court of Appeal reaffirms the centrality of a nomadic lifestyle to Romany and Traveller tradition and culture."

UK: Court of Appeal upholds the right to roam of Romany and Travellers (UK Human Rights Blog, link)

 

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