By Fotis Filippou, Campaigner in the EU Team
It was the end of June, seven years ago, when approximately 100 Roma were forcibly evicted from a crumbling building in the centre of Miercurea Ciuc and were resettled by local authorities next to the city’s garbage dump. The move was supposed to be temporary.
Seven years later they are still there, living in overcrowded metal cabins and shacks; in housing conditions that do not protect from heat, damp, cold and rain. They sleep and eat surrounded by a smell of human excreta – particularly strong during the summer months – coming from the sewage plant.
For seven years the government of Romania and the Miercurea Ciuc local authorities have ignored and failed to find a solution for these Romani families. They were just thrown away from the city’s centre and were left there, in the margins. They were forgotten by their government and the city’s leaders.
Amnesty International activists around the world however, have been campaigning for justice for the 75 Romani people living at the end of Primaverii Street and have been reminding authorities of their international human rights obligations. More than 70,000 people have sent their individual appeals to the Miercurea Ciuc local authorities and government institutions.
Thousands more continue to send letters and emails asking authorities to listen to the Roma of Miercurea Ciuc and adopt a housing- and a wider integration plan to allow these families to live in dignity and enjoy their human rights.
Romanian authorities can correct this injustice and fix the wrong the city has done to these people by forcibly evicting them seven years ago.
Amnesty International Netherlands commemorated the seventh anniversary of the forced eviction of the Roma from Miercurea Ciuc with a video taking the campaign for justice and dignity out to the streets of Amsterdam.
Two short movies, Gyuri and One day, also tell the stories of the Romani inhabitants of Primaverii Street through the eyes of a child and a young couple.
You can take action supporting the plight for justice by the Romani families, here: http://www.amnesty.org/en/appeals-for-action/roma-families-forcibly-evicted-romania