Greek Authorities Evict Roma Communities for Development

What is affected
Land Social/public
Electricity, Sewage
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 01 January 2007
Region E [ Europe ]
Country Greece
Location nation-wide

Affected persons

Total 2215
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution Stop eviction. Authorities provide reparation for those dispossessed, injured and killed.
Details ERRC rpt-Roma Evictions in Greece.pdf
COHRE CERD rpt on roma in italy.pdf
Forced eviction
Housing losses
- Number of homes
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Local guerrilla groups
Brief narrative From ERRC report (attached):
"The ERRC is deeply concerned about recent allegations of wide-scale evictions and multiple attempted evictions of more than 200 Roma families of Albanian citizenship, most of whom legally residing in Greece. The context for these evictions appears to be a concerted drive to “cleanse” the area of the Roma in order to undertake major infrastructure work (including the building of a football stadium). In none of these cases, not even the most rudimentary domestic or
international legal standards concerning evictions have been applied. Indeed, the Roma were not presented with any judicial decision calling for their eviction while the Municipality of Athens
has so far referred to the operations as “cleaning” ones.

The ERRC notes that, unfortunately, it is not the first time that local authorities in Greece term forced evictions as “cleaning operations”, or that Roma are evicted without being offered
alternative accomodation."
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