Target: Mr Ion Ovidiu Brailoiu, Mayor of Eforie Sud
Goal: Prevent the forced evictions of eight Roma families in Eforie Sud, Romania
Eight Roma families in Eforie Sud, Romania, are at risk of being forcibly evicted from their homes at number 80, Mihai Viteazu Street. The families relocated to their current location after having been previously forcibly evicted from another location in the city. Sign the petition and urge Romanian authorities to explore every alternative possible to forced eviction.
Forced evictions are a violation of a number of human rights agreements to which Romania is party, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination. In accordance with these treaties, states must work in genuine collaboration with affected residents to explore every possible alternative to forced evictions. If no alternatives are possible, those displaced must be given adequate warning of their eviction and compensated accordingly. They must also be provided with alternative accommodation.
The families at number 80, Mihai Viteazu Street have lived in fear of another eviction for years. Their eviction is part of a larger pattern of measures taken against Romani people by Romanian authorities. It is likely that the families will become homeless once the eviction is carried out.
Forced evictions are unacceptable and illegal. Sign the petition and remind Romania of its human rights obligations.
I am writing to demand a halt to the proposed evictions of ten Roma families from the building at number 80, Mihai Viteazu Street in Eforie Sud. If the evictions go through they will likely result in homelessness for the families, making the act a violation of a number of international human rights agreements.
Romania is party to a number of human rights treaties that ban forced evictions, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination. All of these treaties require that authorities work with affected residents and communities to explore every possible alternative to forced evictions. In the event that evictions are deemed unavoidable, displaced residents must be given adequate notice of their eviction, compensated accordingly, and provided with alternative accommodations, none of which appears to have been done in the case of the families at number 80.
It is imperative that authorities in Eforie Sud do everything in their power to prevent these evictions from taking place. I urge you to honor Romania’s commitment to human rights by coming up with an alternative solution that respects the rights of the families living at number 80, Mihai Viteazu Street.
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