Albania: 44 Roma families desperately need adequate housing, not forced eviction

Amnesty International calls on the Minister of Urban Development and the minister of Social Welfare and Youth to stop the forced eviction of 44 Roma and Egyptian families (200 individuals) by the Tirana municipal authorities, and ensure that if an eviction is necessary, it is carried out lawfully, and in accordance with international standards. The eviction is due to start today.

The organization also urges the authorities to provide these families with a sustainable housing solution, as proposed by the People’s Advocate. Amnesty International’s own research has shown that many of them have been repeatedly forcibly evicted since 2011 (see background), without ever being offered access to alternative adequate housing.

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