World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Romanian court victory: Forced eviction of Roma illegal

7 January 2014

Romanian court victory: Forced eviction of Roma in Cluj-Napoca illegal

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and Amnesty International welcome the decision of the Cluj-Napoca County Court (Tribunal) that the Mayor’s decision to forcibly evict around 300 Roma in December 2010, to a site adjacent to a waste dump, was illegal.

The court ordered the city authorities to pay damages to the Romani applicants for their eviction and relocation to Pata-Rât, and for the inadequate conditions of that housing. The Court also required the city to provide the applicants with adequate housing in line with the minimum standards set out in Romanian law. The decision is not final.

The ERRC supported a local law firm, Podaru, Buciuman and Associates, to take the case on behalf of approximately 200 Romani applicants, and previously helped the community to set up an association to fight for their rights.

“As director of the association that represents the interests of the evicted community from Coastei, I express my gratitude to the Romanian justice system because they examined the evidence and didn’t just consider political interests,” said Florin Stancu Executive Director, Community Association of Roma from Coastei.

Claudia Greta is a Roma rights activist and member of the Community Association of Roma from Coastei. She said, “This decision is very important as we have been continuously fighting for three years now. We finally got a favourable result and we see that justice can be fair in Romania. Despite the traumatic effect of the eviction, this judgment gives us the strength to continue advocating for our rights, which were violated in December 2010. We will keep fighting until we can return to the city, where we belong.”

The ERRC and Amnesty International are now calling on the city authorities to implement the judgment as a matter of urgency.

“We welcome the court’s decision that this forced eviction was illegal,” said Dezideriu Gergely, executive director of the ERRC. “The Roma evicted to Pata-Rât have spent three years pushed literally to the edge of a waste dump, finding it much harder to access school, work and healthcare. We ask the authorities not to appeal this sound decision, to find alternative suitable housing and to engage in dialogue with the community, allowing the Roma to live and work as part of the city”.

While the ERRC and Amnesty International welcome the decision, the fact remains that the Coastei Street community is starting its fourth year living in Pata-Rât. The evicted families continue to live in polluted, overcrowded and dangerous conditions. It is imperative that the local authorities act on this judgment immediately.

“The decision of the Cluj-Napoca County Court sends a strong signal to the local authorities throughout Romania, that forced evictions and relocations of people into inadequate housing conditions is unacceptable. It also sends a signal to the government of Romania that there is a need to adopt regulation that would clearly outlaw forced evictions,” said Jezerca Tigani, the deputy director of Europe and Central Asia Programme of Amnesty International.

The situation in Pata-Rât is not unique, and reflects a worrying trend affecting Roma across Romania. As recently as September 2013 in Eforie Sud, 101 people, including 55 children, were made homeless in severe weather conditions after their houses were demolished ostensibly due to lack of building permits. No remedy was made available to suspend the eviction, pending judicial review.

The ERRC and Amnesty International call on all Romanian authorities to take note of the decision of the Court in relation to the illegal eviction from Coastei Street and to cease all evictions which target Romani communities in this way.

AI Index: PRE01/006/2014

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Israel’s Demolition Of Palestinian Homes

Makarim Wibisono, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. UN Photo/Violaine Martin More>>

ALSO:

  • Palestinian Centre For Human Rights - Israeli Settlers Continue Their Attacks against Palestinians
  • Tribespeople Call On WWF To Stop Funding Abuse

    This Baka man from Ndongo village reported that he was severely beaten by anti-poaching squads on two occasions. His neighbors have appealed to WWF to stop funding such abuses. More>>

    Ebola: UN Crisis Response Mission Opens New Office In Mali

    Workers build an enclosure at the Mayagba Ebola community care centre construction site in Bombali District, which is among the areas worst affected by the disease in Sierra Leone. Photo: UNICEF/John James More>>

    ALSO:

    UNESCO Chief Denounces Murder Of Somali Radio Journalist

    Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz More>>

    Palestinian Refugees From Syria Face Worsening Situation

    Palestinian women at a UNRWA distribution centre in the Jaramana refugee camp, Damascus, Syria. Photo: UNRWA/Carole Alfarah More>>

    ALSO:

    Greece Risks Prolonged Social Crisis

    Greece’s severe financial crisis has bred social unrest and intolerance of the nearly one million irregular migrants living in the country (October 2012). Photo: IRIN/Kristy Siegfried More>>

    Madagascar: Warning Of ‘rapid’ Spread Of Plague In Capital

    Ny Hantra Andriatsifasoa survived the bubonic plague after being infected in Madagascar in 2011. Photo: IRIN/Tiana Randriaharimalala More>>

    New Bird Flu Strain In Europe Threatens Poultry Sector

    24 November 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO ) today warned that a new bird flu strain detected in Europe poses a significant threat to the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries situated along ... More>>


    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news