MINELRES: ERRC: Eviction threats of Roma in Bulgaria continues unabated

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Thu Jul 20 09:39:23 2006

Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>

On July 19, 2006, international human rights organisations, the Centre on
Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and the European Roma Rights Centre
(ERRC), appealed to stop the planned eviction of Roma in Dobri Jelyazkov 
Sofia, addressing the President and Prime Minister of Bulgaria.

On 12 July 2006, the district government sent letters to sixteen Roma 
families living on Dobri Jelyazkov street, Sofia, requiring them to 
leave their homes within 10 days or the municipality would issue an 
order for their summary eviction, despite the fact that the communities 
have lived on this land for several generations. In the absence of 
reasonable justification, adequate notice, consultation with the affected
families, compensation and any provisions for alternative housing and 
social support for the families, such an eviction would amount to a gross 
violation of Bulgaria's obligations under international human rights law.

Full text of the letter can be found at:
http://www.errc.org/db/01/DC/m000001DC.pdf .


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