Tag: forced evictions
As various reports indicate, thousands of Roma face evictions in Romania. Under the pretext of urban regeneration or development, entire communities are swept away in forced evictions and house demolitions. The lack of documentation proving ownership is the legal reason most often cited by the authorities to justify such actions. That is the reason communities were evicted in two cases currently being monitored by the European Roma Rights Centre: one in Pata-Rat (Cluj-Napoca) and another in Eforie Sud (Constanta)
In 2013, the ERRC launched a participatory research and advocacy project focusing on the human rights of Romanian Roma living in informal settlements in France. Working in three different regions in France on two settlements in each location, 118 adults were interviewed. Of the information collected, the most unsettling regarding human rights was the situation of Romani children and access to education as well as their psychological well-being due to frequent forced evictions.
In January, the European Court of Human Rights delivered an inadmissibility decision (which it helpfully posted on the front page of its site). The decision has tremendous implications for the single most important issue that the ERRC litigates: forced evictions of Roma. The decision is in French.