Briefing to the Romanian Government

Briefing to the Romanian Government on the right to adequate housing with regard to the marginalized Romani communities, January 2013

Amnesty International, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and Foundation Desire (founder member of the Working Group of Civil Society Organizations, gLOC) submitted this briefing jointly to bring to the attention of the Romanian government the inadequate housing conditions of approximately 1,500 residents – mostly of Romani origin – of the Pata Rât area in Cluj-Napoca. Our organizations consider that these conditions amount to breaches of Romania’s domestic legislation, EU legislation and policies, as well as violations of international human rights law and standards which are applicable to Romania with respect to the right to adequate housing and other related economic and social rights, access to an effective remedy and protection from discrimination. The Open letter was complemented by three documents, among them the one elaborated by Foundation Desire entitled Integrated housing program for marginalized communities, among them Roma.

FINAL JAN 2013 OPEN LETTER Ro government