Roma Rights

Europe: "We ask for justice": Europe's failure to protect Roma From Racist Violence - 8 April 2014

On 24 July 2012, more than 800 Roma and Ashkali people displaced from Kosovo had their homes and possessions destroyed following a fire at their settlement in the outskirts of Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica. Amnesty International is calling on the authorities to immediately provide them with adequate alternative accommodation.

Montenegro: Demand housing for families following fire - 27 July 2012

On 24 July 2012, more than 800 Roma and Ashkali people displaced from Kosovo had their homes and possessions destroyed following a fire at their settlement in the outskirts of Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica. Amnesty International is calling on the authorities to immediately provide them with adequate alternative accommodation.

Montenegro: Further information: Inadequate refugee housing in Montenegro - 11 October 2012

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.

Albania must suspend discriminatory measures against Roma - 1 August 2012

Amnesty International is concerned at potential violations of Roma families’ right to earn a living caused by local authorities in Tirana prohibiting them from collecting recyclable waste.

Macedonia: Special measures for Romani women and girls - 22 January 2013

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.

Serbia: How the EBRD’s funding contributed to forced evictions in Craica, Romania - 5 March 2014

The Gazela Bridge Rehabilitation project, part of the Belgrade Highway and Bypass project funded by the EBRD and the European Investment Bank, led to the second largest forced eviction to date of Roma from informal settlements in Serbia. Amnesty International considers that the EBRD failed to carry out adequate human rights due diligence in order to identify potential negative human rights impacts in advance of the planned resettlement of Roma from the Gazela Bridge settlement.

Poland: Roma families face forced eviction in Poland - 4 April 2013

Over 60 Roma people living in an informal settlement in Wroclaw, western Poland, face imminent forced eviction after notices were delivered by the municipality on 26 March.

Poland: Further information: Threats of forced eviction to Roma continue - 17 May 2013

On 7 May 2013, around 20 Roma residents of an informal settlement on Paprotna Street, Wroclaw were served with a 14-day eviction notice by the municipality without any consultation with them on the planned eviction. The 20 Roma residents including children have been living in Paprotna Street for the past three years following a previous eviction.

Czech Republic’s discriminatory treatment of Roma breaches EU Race Directive - 29 April 2013

Amnesty International, the European Roma Rights Centre and the Open Society Justice Initiative submit this briefing for consideration by the European Commission. The briefing focuses on the continuing discrimination against Romani children in the Czech Republic’s education system which violates the country’s obligations under the Directive. It provides evidence of disproportionate placement of Romani pupils in a system of inferior education and their segregation in Roma-only schools.

Turkmenistan: Released journalist remains at risk - 23 May 2013

Rovshen Yazmuhamedov, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist, was released from detention on 22 May in Turkmenistan after spending more than two weeks in custody. The charges against him are still unclear. It is likely he had been targeted in connection with his work as a journalist.

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