Romanian town must finally compensate some members of a forcibly evicted Romani community
An appeals court has upheld a decision by a first-instance court in Constanța, Romania ordering the Mayor of Eforie to pay compensation to families of Romani origin who were evicted from their homes in 2013. The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has reported the news in a press release.
The case concerns 12 Romani men and women forcibly evicted from Agricola Street, each of whom is meant to be paid roughly EUR 36 000. On top of that, the local authority must arrange social housing for each family.
The lawsuit was brought by the ERRC and the nonprofit organization RomaJust in Romania. “This is a great achievement for this Romani community, and an important message to send to those who forcibly evict other Roma in Romania and across Europe,” emphasized ERRC President Đorđe Jovanović.
The eviction took place on 27 September 2013 and affected Romani people who had lived in 22 homes on Agricola Street for almost 40 years. It was performed by about 80 police officers and town staff with the aid of bulldozers, under the personal supervision of the Deputy Mayor of Eforie.
More than 100 people, 55 of whom were children, were made homeless when their houses were demolished without any prior consultation or arrangement for adequate alternative housing for them. During the demolition, local media reported that the Deputy Mayor was heard threatening the resisting Roma, saying “If you don’t come out [of your homes], we’re going to kill you here.”
According to the ERRC, the evictees then had no choice but to live outdoors in temporary shelters. Some eventually took refuge in an abandoned school building without windows or electricity.
Others moved into an abandoned dormitory that was "equally grim". Some of those people were then evicted a second time in July 2014 by the Deputy Mayor and relocated into repurposed shipping containers beyond city limits.
The container "housing" units were too small for families to live in together and did not offer adequate access to basic facilities. The rest of the families were never housed by the local authorities at all.
Local authorities then attempted to evict the Romani residents from this container "housing", but the ERRC sought a preliminary injunction from the European Court of Human Rights, which halted that eviction order in March 2016, after which the original eviction from Agricola Street was ruled discriminatory and illegal on 1 June 2016. Authorities in Eforie failed to implement that judgment of their own accord and are now ordered to do so by this recent ruling.
- Romania: "Gipsycoin" cryptocurrency launched by Romani community leader
- More Roma citizens of Romania attempting to cross from Mexico into the USA to seek asylum this year
- Romanian chief of local police filmed beating handcuffed Romani men as they lie on the ground
- Another victim of the German terrorist attack, a young man from Romania, is also from the Roma minority
- VIDEO: Ostentatious homes built by Roma community in Romania reflect their desire for prestige
- Romania loses at the European Court of Human Rights, must compensate Roma family for police brutality
- Romania: 900 protest recent violence against Roma in Italy and Ukraine, more demonstrations in other European countries to follow
- Feminist Roma theater company celebrates the abolition of Roma slavery in Romania
- Romania: Romani Actresses Shine a Spotlight on Feminism
- Stano Daniel: Will a renovated nursery school have to close in Romania? Support for Romani child development is crucial
- Romania: Ethnic Hungarian mob commits arson against Romani children accused of stealing
- International Romani Union says offer to help Trump came from Rom facing traditional community justice procedure in Romania
- France, Romania sign treaty on repatriating Romani people who overstay
- Czech Romani group criticizes French and Romanian Governments
- Romania: Politician scores points by evicting Romani people, building wall
- The Roma narrative of Romanian media: racism, antiracism and symbolic scapegoating
- Romania to remove defamatory definitions for Jews and Roma from new dictionary
- Romanian Roma flagging people down at Czech-German border crossing
- Czech appeals court upholds sentences against married non-Romani couple who assaulted Romani children, compensation for mental anguish still has to be sued for separately
- Hungarian court rules Romani children were discriminatorily institutionalized because of their origin and social status
- Czech Spolu (Together) coalition: Education is the path to better integration of Roma, "inadaptables" don't want to conform
- Doctor in Slovakia refuses treatment to Romani toddler because his mother was unvaccinated, he died shortly thereafter
- Fire in Czech town destroys building where bereaved relatives of Stanislav Tomáš, the Romani man who died in police custody in June, were living
- Vojtěch Lavička: Czech law on housing benefit-free zones was an attack on human dignity
- Czech Deputy Public Defender of Rights discusses compensation procedure for forced sterilizations in interview for ROMEA TV
- Czech President Zeman visits school with Romani pupils as 2021/2022 school year begins
- Czech mayors regret abolition of housing benefit-free zones, one alleges the move will "cause extremism"
- Czech Labor and Social Affairs Minister proposes "expropriating" residential hotels after housing benefit-free zones declared unconstitutional
- BREAKTHROUGH DECISION: Czech Constitutional Court overturns part of law that allowed municipalities to declare "housing benefit-free zones"
- Czech President signs law to compensate the victims of illegal sterilizations