6 April 2009 – In a letter to the Serbian Prime Minister, Mirko Cvetković, Chachipe expressed grave concerns regarding the recent violent eviction of Roma from a settlement in Novi Beograd. The organisation reminded that forced evictions constitute a gross violation of Human Rights and said that it was particularly shocking that the inhabitants of the settlement were not even given sufficient time to save their belongings.

Chachipe therefore called on the Serbian Prime Minister to lead an investigation in the issue and to give appropriate instructions to the local authorities in order to prevent such actions in future. In addition, it asked for immediate relocation of the inhabitants of the Juri Gagarin street who should be given legal assistance in order to claim compensation for their losses.

Given that many of the evicted Roma are IDPs from Kosovo, Chachipe called on the Serbian government to take adequate steps to facilitate their integration in Serbia including access to housing and social services.

In view of the racist protests of inhabitants of Boljevci preventing a relocation of the evicted Roma in containers, Chachipe asked the Serbian government to step up its efforts to combat racism and in particular racism against Roma.

Chachipe

See also:

Amnesty International: Roma evictions endanger people’s lives, 8 April 2009

Human Rights Watch/ERRC: Forced evictions of Roma community in Belgrade, 8 April 2009