Tag: forced evictions

Bulgarian government sticks a middle finger at Europe and appoints a fascist to head integration unit

2017-06-27

By Bernard Rorke

The muted EU response to the appointment of Patriot Front henchman, Valeri Simeonov, to lead Bulgaria’s council on integration beggars belief. In an open letter on May 29, nearly 400 Bulgarian human rights activists and intellectuals, denounced the appointment of a "pronounced supporter of fascist and neo-Nazi ideology," 

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Kiev Calling: Ethnic Cleansing Ahead of Eurovision Song Contest

2017-05-12

By Jonathan Lee and Volodymyr Navrotskyy

More than 300 people, over a 100 families, have been forced to leave their homes in Kiev after threats were made against their lives in the beginning of April. Only a day after the last families departed, the threats were carried out and six houses burned to the ground, likely with Molotov cocktails. The police had full knowledge of the severity of the threats that were made, yet no preventative measures were taken. In fact, some residents even had assistance from the police in purchasing tickets to leave. Their eviction coincides with the city's preparation to host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the final of which will taker place on 13 May.

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French Traveller shot and killed by police: can Macron “turn the page” on France’s shame?

2017-05-05

By Bernard Rorke

The killing of French Traveller Angelo Garand by police on 30 March was not widely reported. It attracted none of the international media coverage and mass outrage that followed the killing of 56-year-old Chinese father-of-five Liu Shaoyo, shot dead by police in Paris's 19th arrondissement (district) just four days earlier, or the brutal truncheon anal rape by police of the 22-year-old black man known as Theo in February.

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Gianturco Roma Camp Demolished This Morning

2017-04-07

By Bernard Rorke

On the eve of International Roma Day, in an illegal pre-emptive strike, Italian authorities demolished the Gianturco camp near Naples. This action was designed to see off attempts by NGOs to secure emergency interventions to halt the mass evictions scheduled for 11 April. 

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Bearing witness: how ‘evacuations’ provide the pretext for forced evictions of Roma in France

2017-03-03

By Radost Zaharieva

Forced evictions is the main issue affecting foreign Roma living in slums in France. According to the recent report by the ERRC and the Ligue de droits de l’Homme,10,119 Romani people were forcefully evicted from their livings areas in 2016, and another 345 were forced to leave seven settlements due to fires caused mainly by bad living conditions in the slums or squats. The term used by the French authorities about Roma evictions is an “evacuation”. The ERRC attended one of these “evacuations” and observed how Roma are treated during the process.

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