On 7 May 2013, around 20 Roma residents of an informal settlement on Paprotna Street, Wroclaw were served with a 14-day eviction notice by the municipality without any consultation with them on the planned eviction. The 20 Roma residents including children have been living in Paprotna Street for the past three years following a previous eviction.
Amnesty International, the European Roma Rights Centre and the Open Society Justice Initiative submit this briefing for consideration by the European Commission. The briefing focuses on the continuing discrimination against Romani children in the Czech Republic’s education system which violates the country’s obligations under the Directive. It provides evidence of disproportionate placement of Romani pupils in a system of inferior education and their segregation in Roma-only schools.
European governments forcibly evict thousands of people from their homes, ignoring their obligations under international law. Most of those forcibly evicted are people who live in poverty or on the margins of society. This leaflet explains the right to adequate housing which includes the right not to be forcibly evicted – rights that belong to all human beings, everywhere.
Thirteen years after the introduction of the Race Equality Directive, discrimination against Roma in Europe remains widespread. EU member states must respect international and EU antidiscrimination legislation. The European Commission is the guardian of EU law; it must act now to ensure respect for the Race Equality Directive.
Romani families living in formal camps in Rome will not be able to gain access to social housing, according to new guidance from the local authorities. Scores of families had already filed their applications and many more were about to do so, when news of the discriminatory new guidance emerged.
The Minister of Regional Development in Romania acknowledged that the situation of Roma living on and near a rubbish dump in Pata Rât is ‘unacceptable’, during a meeting with non-governmental organisations (NGO) earlier this week.