A Roma community in Poland are being threatened with imminent eviction and homelessness in a blatant violation of international human rights law, Amnesty International said today.
In a rare move for Poland, the city of Wroclaw in the west of the country is planning to force around 60 Romanian Roma from an informal settlement on municipal land, while offering no alternative homes for them.
“Forcibly evicting up to 60 people is utterly unacceptable behaviour by a government with very clear obligations to uphold human rights,” said Marek Marczyñski, Deputy Europe and Central Asia Program Director at Amnesty International.
“Alternative accommodation must be offered before 60 people, 35 of whom are children, are made homeless,” said Marczyñski.
The residents were served with a 14-day eviction notice on 26 March but the municipal government has never consulted them on alternative places to live.
If the authorities fail to provide adequate alternative accommodation or consult the community affected, the eviction would violate international human rights law and standards.