Roma communities in Serbia are being forcibly evicted without the safeguards required under international human rights legislation. Forcibly evicted Roma have been resettled in metal containers and displaced to southern Serbia.
Since 2009, Belgrade municipal authorities have been carrying out forced evictions of Roma communities in informal settlements.
These evictions are undertaken without safeguards required under international law to protect the rights of evicted persons. Some forcibly evicted Roma have been resettled in metal containers while others have been forcibly displaced to southern Serbia.
Serbia is home to approximately 500,000 Roma including those who fled from Kosovo following the 1999 international armed conflict. They face systematic discrimination in access to human rights, including the right to adequate housing.
Difficulties in obtaining birth certificates and in registering as residents ensure that the Roma are frequently denied access to basic services including education, health, social insurance and employment. Without adequate safeguards against forced evictions, Roma communities risk being trapped in the unending cycle of discrimination, poverty and human rights violations.
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