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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.