Romania: Request to remove Romani families from Cantonului Street was rejected by the Cluj-Napoca Court

26 April 2012

Romani CRISS, the Working Group of Civil Society Organizations (gLOC) and Amnesty International welcome the decision of the court of Cluj-Napoca on Wednesday 18 April 2012 to reject the request of the public company, the National Railway (CFR), to remove approximately 450 people, mainly Roma, living in the settlement in Cantonului Street, in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca.

Romania: Stop forced eviction of Roma in Baia Mare

25 April 2012

Around two thousand Roma are facing imminent forced eviction in Baia Mare, north-western Romania. Seventy families are reported to have agreed to being relocated while the remaining residents risk being made homeless. In addition, those inhabitants without identity documents registered in Baia Mare will be evicted, their homes will be demolished and they will be sent to their places of origin.

Sudan: No end to violence in Darfur: Arms supplies continue despite ongoing human rights violations

24 April 2012

The supply of various types of weapons, munitions and related equipment to Sudan in recent years, by the governments of Belarus, the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation, have allowed the Sudanese authorities to use their army, paramilitary forces, and government-backed militias to carry out grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in Sudan. This ongoing flow of new arms to Darfur has sustained a brutal nine-year conflict which shows little sign of resolution.

Romania: Hundreds of Roma in Baia Mare, Romania are at imminent risk of forced eviction by local authorities

19 April 2012

More than one hundred Roma people from the informal settlement of Pirita in the town of Baia Mare are facing an imminent threat of forced eviction by the local authorities. No alternative accommodation has been offered to date and many are at risk of being left homeless. Moreover, those currently living in Pirita who do not have identity documents registered in Baia Mare have also been threatened with expulsion from the city.

Hungary: Report into vigilante activities in Gyöngyöspata fails to address discrimination

4 April 2012

Amnesty International wrote to the Hungarian authorities expressing its concern that the report by the Parliamentary ad-hoc Committee, published on 30 March regarding the vigilante activities in the village of Gyöngyöspata in March 2011 failed to address the human rights abuses suffered by the Romani residents.

Continuing discrimination of Romani children in education: Amnesty International submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

1 April 2012

In this submission, Amnesty International comments on the implementation of recommendations made to the Czech Republic during its first Universal Periodic Review in 2008 concerning widespread discrimination against Roma.

Briefing to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 48th session, May 2012

1 March 2012

This Amnesty International briefing to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights focuses on concerns regarding Slovakia’s compliance with the provisions for equal access of Romani children to education.

No arms for atrocities or abuses: Commit to an effective Arms Trade Treaty

23 January 2012

Each year, the global trade in conventional arms carries an enormous human cost. In July 2012, UN member states will be invited to the UN conference to negotiate an Arms Trade Treaty. Now is the time to ensure that the Treaty contains the highest possible common standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. This briefing documents five personal stories in the context of human rights violations committed or facilitated using conventional arms in law enforcement or military operations.

Italy: 'Zero tolerance for Roma': Forced evictions and discrimination against Roma in Milan

29 November 2011

Thousands of Roma in Italy live in camps located at the outskirts of urban areas, without access to most basic facilities.

Submission to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on D.H. and others v. the Czech Republic

28 November 2011

Amnesty International is extremely concerned that four years after the decision in the case of D.H. and Others v. the Czech Republic, the Czech authorities have failed to implement the necessary changes and Romani children continue experiencing discrimination in access to education.

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