In this briefing, Amnesty International, the European Roma Rights Centre and Foundation Desire express their concerns about the inadequate housing conditions of approximately 1,500 residents – mostly of Romani origin – of the Pata Rât area in Cluj-Napoca. The organizations consider that these conditions amount to violations of international human rights law and standards which are applicable to Romania with respect to the right to adequate housing and other related economic and social rights, access to an effective remedy and protection from discrimination.
Amnesty International submits this contribution to the European Commission on the occasion of its monitoring report on the implementation of the Race Equality Directive and the Framework Employment Directive
In January 2006 the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) called on the government to take “temporary special measures”, reflecting the degree of its concern about the situation of Roma women and women from other minority communities in Macedonia. In this submission Amnesty International concludes that Macedonia has made little progress towards guaranteeing the rights of Romani women and girls since then. The organization urges the Committee to repeat their previous recommendations and also suggests further specific measures that the Macedonian government should undertake.
About 200 people will surround the Cluj-Napoca’s City Hall today, as a reminder of a forced eviction and relocation of about 300 people two years ago. The activists will be calling on the local authorities to bring the Roma back into the city.
In 2007, the European Court of Human Rights found that the Czech Republic had violated the right of Romani children to an education free from discrimination, by placing them in “special schools”, which offered lower quality education.
In early October work began on replacement housing for Roma and Ashkali people displaced from Kosovo. They had lost their homes and possessions in a fire at a refugee collective centre in Konik, Podgorica. The new housing – metal containers – does not meet international standards for adequate housing.