MINELRES: ERRC: Bulgarian Authorities Urged to Stop Planned Forced Eviction of Roma

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Sun Jul 13 10:49:17 2008

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

ERRC Advocates Sustainable and Adequate Housing Solutions for Bulgarian

2 July 2008, Budapest: Today, the ERRC urged Bulgarian authorities to
undertake urgent action to stop the forced eviction of approximately 180
Roma from the Batalova Vodenitsa neighbourhood in the Vazrazhdane
district of Sofia, planned for 11 July 2008. In its letter, addressed to
Bulgaria’s President Georgi Parvanov and Sofia’s Mayor Boyko Borisov,
the ERRC recalled that the Bulgarian state has a positive obligation to
ensure that evictions, when carried out, satisfy respect for the dignity
of the persons concerned, even when they are illegal occupants, and that
alternative accommodation or other compensatory measures are available
in order to ensure that the persons evicted are not made homeless. 

The ERRC called on President Parvanov and Mayor Borisov to ensure the
indefinite postponement of the forced eviction of Roma from Sofia’s
Batalova Vodenitsa neighbourhood until such time as a sustainable and
adequate housing solution is available for the individuals concerned.

The full text of the letter is available on the ERRC website at:

For further information, please contact: 
Savelina Danova, 
Acting Executive Director, 

Persons wishing to express similar concerns are urged to contact:

Mr Georgi Parvanov
President of Republic Bulgaria
Sofia, 2 Dondukov Blvd.
Fax: +359-2-980 44 84
Mr Boyko Borisov, Mayor of Sofia
Moskovska str., No.33
1000 – Sofia, Bulgaria
Fax: +359-2-98-10-653

Ms Polonca Koncar 
President of the European Committee of Social Rights 
Secretariat of the European Social Charter, Directorate of Human Rights 
Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, FRANCE 
Fax: +33 3 88413700 

Mr Thomas Hammarberg 
Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner 
Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights 
Council of Europe 
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, FRANCE 
Fax: +33 3 90215053 

Ms Raquel Rolnik 
UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing 
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 
UNOG-OHCHR, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland 
Fax: +41 22 9179006


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the human rights situation of Roma and
provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more
information about the European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the
web at http://www.errc.org 

To support the ERRC, please visit this link:

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200

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