47 Roma families have been forcibly
evicted from their homes by Serbian
authorities, according to a non
Human Rights Watch says police forced residents of Belgrade’s Novi Beograd’s Block 67 out of their home and bulldozed their property.
It says over one hundred Roma individuals received a fifteen day notice only one day before authorities kicked them out of their homes, forcing the children, and their parents to spend eviction night on the streets.
Families were later told alternative accommodation in containers was available in the Boljevci settlement in the Municipality of Surčin,
but Boljevci residents forcibly prevented Roma individuals from using the housing.
At least twelve families still remain homeless, and more evictions are to be scheduled at an unknown date.
Under international law Serbia must protect people from forced eviction.
It currently holds the presidency of the European governments’ initiative to provide support for the exploited minority group.
The Roma Decade of Inclusion is an effort by the governments to commit to supporting the socioeconomic status and social inclusion of Roma.