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Bregu: The situation of Roma in the Western Balkans is not rosy

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (SRS), Majlinda Bregu, said that the situation of Roma in the Western Balkans is not rosy and assessed that the Western Balkan governments' declaration to improve the position of Roma is a good political document.

- The situation of Roma in the Western Balkans is not rosy, 12 percent of the business community said they do not want to employ Roma, and one in four people do not want their child to study in the same classroom as Roma - Bregu told them to reporters at the Western Balkans summit in the framework of the Berlin process.

Following a panel on which the Regional Cooperation Council presented a declaration pledging Western Balkan governments' commitment to the EU enlargement process to intensify efforts to achieve full equality and integration of Roma, Bregu said it was a government document. in a region that will provide guidance on resolving the situation of the Roma, but which will also be a means of civil society, the media and the Roma community to oversee the institutions in the Western Balkans.

European Court of Human Rights: Government to provide home for 16 Voyvodinovo Roma in extreme poverty

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ordered interim measures by the Bulgarian government for 16 Roma from the Voivodinovo village of Plovdiv, most of them children. They were driven out of their homes after the Packetovi brothers slaughtered serviceman Valentin Dimov on January 6 this year. The 16 are part of a total of 55 Voivodinovo residents, complainants in the Packetov case and others against Bulgaria, BNR reports.

The Court ordered the Bulgarian Government to take the necessary alternative accommodation for the applicants, ensuring that children were not exposed to conditions that were inhuman and degrading.

The cabinet has to take measures to consider their applications for municipal housing, which were submitted in mid-February to the mayor of the municipality of Maritza, but no response was received, although their request was also addressed by the Plovdiv regional governor and the Minister of Labor and social policy. The court requires that the action taken is promptly informed. 

With respect to the other 39 applicants, the European Court does not specify any provisional measures but gives priority to the complaint, which means that it will soon be communicated to the Bulgarian Government. The applicants in the case have received legal assistance from the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee.

 

Link: https://www.marginalia.bg/novini/evropejskiyat-sad-po-pravata-na-choveka-pravitelstvoto-da-osiguri-dom-za-16-romi-ot-vojvodinovo-namirashti-se-v-krajno-mizerni-usloviya/

Vienna - an example of social housing

In Vienna, the Austrian government invested funds in the social housing sector and made it one of the top priorities almost a hundred years ago. In 1923, the Austrian government set up its anti-poverty program and established an active staff that made Vienna a beautiful place to live.

This program continues today, with 25% of the apartments in Vienna still owned by the city. This results in smaller rents for the citizens of Vienna due to the fact that the city administration feels responsible if there is an increase in the cost of renting apartments.

The average cost of a 50 m2 apartment just seven minutes' drive from the city center subsidized by the state is 400 euros a month.

Otherwise not every social housing right. Housing in public housing is reserved for people with disabilities, with little or no income.
In addition, the applicant must have a certain minimum age and have a fixed residence time of their principal residence in a municipality.

Also in terms of citizenship applicants have certain requirements that need to be met. In addition to Austrian nationals, all EU citizens, as well as Swiss nationals, foreigners with a valid residence permit, and refugees have the right to apply.
 
Until the total amount of salary of € 44,210 per year for one person or € 66,180 for two persons is exceeded and the applicant comes from one of the aforementioned regions in Vienna.


Link: http://romi.hr/vijesti-rnv/hrvatska/bec-primjer-socijalnog-stanovanja

Are Roma also on the same scale in criminal proceedings in the country?

In the analysis of the situation of Roma as accused in criminal proceedings in the Republic of Macedonia, within the framework of the project "Equal before the court safe in life" made two years ago, there are several indicators where the Roma community in the Republic of Macedonia emphasizes that discrimination based on ethnicity is especially emphasized in the Republic of Macedonia when it comes to the Roma population.

Access to justice and access to the right to a fair and fair trial are posing as essential issues for the Roma community having in mind the overall socio-economic context in which Roma in R Macedonia are.

The protection of basic human rights within court proceedings, and above all the position of Roma as accused in the criminal procedure in the context of the whole moment of stigmatization and stereotyping towards Roma, is important to investigate in order to establish effective mechanisms of protection.

Particular attention deserves the position of the Roma in the judicial system, in the broadest sense of the word. There are many perceptions of discrimination against Roma in the treatment of the police, the use of inadequate force, intimidation, repression and inhumane treatment, as well as manifested mistrust in the claims of the citizens of the Roma nationality that certain rights are endangered or injured.

 

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