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Taken From the City: Romanian Roma Evicted to a Rubbish Dump

20 December 2012

Taken From the City: Romanian Roma Evicted to a Rubbish Dump

On 17 December 2010, 56 Romani families were evicted from Coastei Street in the centre of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. A fter living in Coastei Street for over 20 years, municipal authorities forcibly relocated the families to Pata-Rât, a polluted industrial area which is also the location of the city’s rubbish dump. Romania’s National Council for Combating Discrimination declared that the eviction and relocation of the families to Pata-Rât constituted discrimination. To date, there has been no resolution to the situation in which the evicted families find themselves, no provision of adequate alternative accommodation for them, and no compensation for property which was lost in the eviction. This briefing measures the impact of the Coastei Street eviction on the affected families two years after it was conducted, revealing significant problems in the areas of housing, education, employment, health and experiences of discrimination.

Taken From the City: Romanian Roma Evicted to a Rubbish Dump (PDF)

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ERRC submission to the European Commission on Roma Inclusion in enlargement countries (May 2017)

25 May 2017

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission on enlargement component of the EU Roma Framework.

 

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Roma Rights 1 2017: Roma and Conflict: Understanding the Impact of War and Political Violence

16 May 2017

The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

Sometimes Roma have been the direct targets of murderous aggression or subject to reprisals. Then there have been the many times where individual Roma actively took a side, but too often the roles played by Roma, Travellers and other minorities were elided from the dominant national narratives that followed.

In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

Editors: Marek Szilvasi, Kieran O’Reilly, Bernard Rorke

Roma Rights 1 2017 (PDF)

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Macron Election Call Out

5 May 2017

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