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Form "International Tribunal on Evictions”

Monday 29 September 2014 1:25:19 pm

General Information

Romania
Eforie, Constanta,
Eforie Sud
Roma families living in the area, some of whom had been living there for 40 years.

Description of case of forced evictions

1 (already taken place)
The community was threatened several times with eviction and tried to halt it. However, by the time they succeeded in getting a suspension of the order for demolition their houses had already been demolished. 22 homes were demolished in the presence of many law enforcement officers. At the time local media reported that the deputy mayor directly threatened the evicted people, stating that "if you don’t come out, we’re going to kill you here".
101, including 55 children
Authorities stated that they were going to use the land as part of a social housing development. However, one year later there has been no development of this social housing. Unofficially, the affected people have faced a lot of harassment from people in the area, including threats of violence.
On 27 September 2013 , 22 houses were demolished. No alternative housing was provided and the people were forced to spend four days outdoors in makeshift shelters, in particularly bad weather. Ten of the families were then placed in an abandoned and derelict school building, which became their home for almost a year. On 16 July 2014 , ten families were again evicted from the abandoned school building. Seven families were moved to containers which fail to meet basic housing standards such as adequate sanitation, water and electricity supplies, and which are severely overcrowded due to their small size – each container is less than 20 square metres. They are located on the edge of the town, and beside a large excavation site which poses a serious safety risk, particularly for children. Three families, including 14 children, were provided with no accommodation of any kind. The municipality did not give proper notice of the eviction, and refused to indicate its legal basis.
the families lost their homes and some property in the eviction. Since the eviction they have all been living in inadequate accommodation, often in deplorable conditions. Some lived in an abandoned school building, which was derelict and completely unsuitable. Some were living in makeshift tents as no other option was made available to them.
It is particularly difficult for children to have any good quality life in these conditions.
The local authorities carried out the eviction.

Support, measures taken and follow up

sì (yes: which?)
The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) together with Romani CRISS, a Romanian NGO, are mounting a legal challenge to the evictions.
With each threat of evictions the ERRC and others have contacted local authorities in order to find alternatives. However, the authorities have failed completely to provide any suitable accommodation for families, or to protect them from further evictions
The people are taking legal action with regard to the eviction but to date there has been no outcome.
The people are taking legal action with regard to the eviction but to date there has been no outcome.
extra (yes: which?)
European Roma Rights Centre, Romani CRISS
The authorities did not propose any viable or suitable alternatives.
The main strategy is legal action, as other strategies (consulting with local authorities) did not bring any results.
Legal action is ongoing but for now we are still waiting for a decision on admissibility.

Details of the person registering information

Kieran O'Reilly
Research officer
European Roma Rights Centre
Wesselenyi utca 16, Budapest 1077
Hungary
0036 30 500 2227
kieran.oreilly@errc.org
www.errc.org
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