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Chiasso (Svizzera), stop agli aiuti per il rientro ai cittadini UE

29 Maggio 2007 Commenti chiusi


L?Ufficio federale delle migrazioni ha deciso di sopprimere i 700 franchi versati come aiuto al rientro per i richiedenti l?asilo respinti provenienti dall?Unione Europea.

Il motivo, ha spiegato Klara Turtschi dell?ufficio delle migrazioni, è dovuto al fatto di voler evitare gli abusi di cui ultimamente la comunità rom si è resa responsabile.

Dall?inizio del 2007, 205 Rom rumeni hanno chiesto l?asilo: 195 in più rispetto allo stesso periodo dell?anno scorso. D?ora in avanti sono previsti solo 50 franchi per le spese di viaggio.

Riferimenti: Il Centro Asilanti di Chiasso

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Government of Greece fails to stop forced evictions of Roma

25 Ottobre 2006 2 commenti


The Greek Government is failing to curtail ongoing widespread anti-Romani abuses by local authorities, particularly in the area of housing, warn local and international human rights groups.

Reports from the Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) reveal that local authorities in Patras and Chania have destroyed more than 70 Roma homes since July 2006 while more than 200 homes are threatened with eviction. Jean du Plessis, Executive Director (a.i.) of COHRE, said, ?These recent evictions clearly indicate that the Greek government is not taking its international legal obligations seriously and is turning a blind eye to the systemic abuse of the human rights of Roma in Greece.

The Government should act immediately to provide secure and appropriate accommodation for all the evicted families, pay compensation for destroyed property and prosecute the local officials and police who carried out the demolitions.? Nearly 60 Roma homes were demolished in Makrigianni and Riganokampos districts by the Patras municipal authorities since July 2006.

The Municipality has claimed that some of the Roma families (varying from 5 to 17 in different statements) have been relocated to rented homes. In actual fact, only a few families were each given compensation of a few hundred Euros and, in some cases, an oral promise of a rent subsidy if they agreed to move out.

The latest illegal eviction took place during the morning of 26 September 2006. Just hours before the visit to the settlements by the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe (COE), Thomas Hammarberg: a family of eight was rendered homeless. On the following day, two Roma were arrested, remanded in custody and taken to court on the next day, for having added protective nylon covers to their homes. They were acquitted by the court.

On 12 October 2006, two more Roma were arrested, remanded in custody and taken to court on the next day, for doing repair work on their home. One was acquitted, while the other was referred to the juvenile court.

Panayote Dimitras, spokesperson for GHM, said, “Greece continues to forcibly evict Roma families without providing adequate compensation and resettlement despite two rulings of the European Committee of Social Rights in 2005 and 2006, which found Greek policies with respect to housing and accommodation of Roma clearly violate Article 16 of the European Social Charter. It is appalling that a particular ethnic minority ? the Roma ? are being frequently and systematically targeted for forced eviction, and the Government of Greece has made no initiative to ensure that they have equal access to accommodation.?

Du Plessis of COHRE, said, ?COHRE and GHM are concerned about the threatened eviction of over 200 Roma households in the Votanikos district of Athens to make way for the construction of a football stadium. Moreover, the plight of this community is merely one example of the widespread practise of illegal forced evictions of Roma in Greece.

Greece?s policy of forcibly evicting Roma communities in a bid to ?beautify? and ?clean up? the Greater Athens area is inhumane and in violation of international human rights law and the European Social Charter. There is absolutely no excuse for an EU member state to behave in this inhumane and illegal way.?

In an unusual turn of events, local authorities of Patras issued a statement following Thomas Hammarberg’s visit to Greece to interview Roma – attributing comments to him that he never made, which both criticised GHM and congratulated the Patras Municipality. Dimitras of GHM said, ?We call upon the Government of Greece to take immediate action against the Patras Municipal authorities for making false statements on behalf of an international official, which could mislead public opinion and undermine the efforts of the COE.?

18 ottobre 2006, Dzeno Association

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Stop Deportations

12 Settembre 2005 Commenti chiusi

Stop Deportations
(in appendice la traduzione da Mahalla)

Dear colleagues and friends,

We have so far collected more than 60 signatures of organisations
and 600 signatures of individuals, many of them NGO representatives,
against the deportation of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians to Kosovo and
for the inclusion of Roma in the status talks. We are more
particularly happy to announce that all the member organisations of
the Romani Women Network have joined our protest which has also
received the support from TERF and IRU.

We are however still missing the signatures of a number of
organisations and individuals and would like to invite you another
time to sign in and also call on other organisations and people in
your country to do so.

While the repatriation process has stalled over the last months with
little more than a few hundred people being forcibly repatriated
according to UNMIK this does not mean that the people concerned are
safe. Quite on contrary the authorities continue to put pressure on
individuals from Kosovo to return ‘voluntarily’ to the UN-
administrated province.

In Kosovo, the situation is tense as demonstrated by an increasing
international military presence and incidents like the killing of
two young Serbs in Strpci on the evening of the 27 August. Freedom
of movement for members of minority communities factually does not
exist. Access to schools, social services and medical treatment is
limited causing continuous harm to the well-being of those who have
stayed in Kosovo. Housing facilities are scare. Most destroyed
Romani houses have not been rebuilt. Any large scale repatriation
will cause new internal displacement in cause.

Over the summer months the Special Envoy of UN-Secretary General,
Kofi Anan, Kai Eide, has toured the region. He is expected to issue
his report on the future status of Kosovo in a few weeks. Eide has
shown himself critical especially with regards to the situation of
minorities. The expectation is that the ‘international community’
will offer ‘conditional independence’, something which falls short
the expectation of the Kosovo Albanian majority.

We have agreed that the publication of Eide’s report is also the
right moment to make our petition public and send it to its
addressees. Whatever the outcome will be, it is now important to
raise our voice, against the deportations and for the inclusion of
Roma, Ashkali, Egyptians and other, smaller minorities in the
negotiations about the future of Kosovo.

Please sign in our petition and forward it to all your contacts. We
will need your response by the end of this month.

Best regards,
Asmet Elezovski and Karin Waringo

email: stopdeportations@yahoo.co.uk

di seguito la traduzione di Fabrizio Casavola

Cari amici

Sinora abbiamo raccolto oltre 60 adesioni di organizzazioni e 600 di singoli cittadini, nel nostro appello contro la deportazione di Rom, Askali ed Egizi in Kossovo e per la loro inclusione nei colloqui sullo status della regione. Siamo particolarmente lieti di annunciare che hanno aderito in blocco tutte le aderenti al Romani Women Network, e che contiamo sull’adesione di TERF e IRU.

Purtroppo, sono andate perdute alcune delle vostre firme, e vi chiediamo di controllare se nell’elenco figura la vostra adesione, nel caso vi invitiamo a firmare nuovamente e a far conoscere il nostro appello ad altre organizzazioni e privati cittadini.

Anche se i processi di rimpatrio sono attualmente fermi, e secondo l’UNMIK solo qualche centinaia è stato rimpatriato a forza, questo non significa che il loro futuro non sia più a rischio. Al contrario, le autorità continuano con le pressioni verso i richiedenti asilo dal Kossovo perché “volontariamente” tornino nella provincia amministrata dall’ONU.

La situazione in tensione in Kossovo è dimostrata dall’aumentata presenza di forze militari internazionali e dalla uccisione di due giovani Serbi a Strpci nella sera dello scorso 27 agosto. Non esiste praticamente libertà di movimento per chi fa parte di una minoranza etnica. L’accesso alle scuole, ai servizi sociali e ai trattamenti medici avviene a rischio costante dell’incolumità personale. Scarse le possibilità di alloggio. La maggior parte delle case dei Rom sono state distrutte e mai ricostruite. Inoltre ogni iniziativa di rimpatrio su larga scala, causerebbe nuovi spostamenti nella popolazione locale.

In questi mesi si è conclusa la visita di Kai Eide, Ispettore dell’ONU. A breve sarà pubblicato il suo rapporto. Kai Eide si è mostrato critico soprattutto sulla situazione delle minoranze. L’impressione è che la “comunità internazionale” voglia concedere solo “un’indipendenza condizionata”, e questo non incontra le aspettative della maggioranza albanese.

Come promotori della petizione, abbiamo concordato di renderla pubblica in concomitanza della presentazione del rapporto dell’Ispettore dell’ONU. Nel contempo, insistiamo nel richiedere la sospensione dei rimpatri di Rom, Askali, Egizi ed altre minoranze, che devono essere coinvolti nei negoziati del futuro del Kossovo.

Invitiamo nuovamente a firmare la petizione e a farla conoscere ai vostri contatti. Abbiamo bisogno di tutto il vostro supporto entro questo mese.

Asmet Elezovski

Karin Waringo

Riferimenti: The petition is available for on-line signing in at

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