Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his mission to Romania - 2016
The Special Rapporteur found that, while Romania has made great progress since the Communist era in eradicating poverty, today it lags behind almost all other European Union countries in most measures of poverty and social exclusion. This is particularly problematic given the view of most observers that it has the fiscal space to do much more if the political will existed. Many Romanian officials are in denial about the extent of poverty and especially about the systemic and deep-rooted discrimination against the extremely poor, particularly the Roma, as illustrated by cases of forced evictions and police abuse. The report examines in detail the alarming levels of poverty and social exclusion faced by Roma, children in rural areas, and children and adults with disabilities. It finds that Romania’s social security system, based on a “social safety net” approach and heavily oriented towards cash benefits, is problematic and treats social protection as a charitable undertaking rather than a right. Other problems include a tax policy that underpins unduly low levels of social spending, a lack of technical expertise in key ministries, and the decentralization of responsibilities unmatched by the provision of adequate resources. The Special Rapporteur’s recommendations include official acknowledgement of the extent of continuing discrimination against Roma, the collection of disaggregated data on ethnicity in order to devise effective measures of redress, effective domestic implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, increased social spending and social services, and the implementation of necessary
OSTRACISM [n.m. fig.] : The act of declaring, proclaiming a person unworthy of any
consideration ; denouncing that person to the public contempt.
Ostracism : the French state and local authorities are condemning inhabitants
of squat settlements and slums to exclusion
Today, the Collectif National Droits de l’Homme Romeurope (National Human Rights
Collective Romeurope) will publish two reports on the situation of Eastern and Central
European inhabitants of squats, settlements and slums in France.
One thing is clear : since the resurgence of slums 25 years ago, public policies
regarding inhabitants are disastrous. Evictions without credible alternative housing
solutions of squat settlements and slum inhabitants persist and worsen their situation
each day. The CNDH Romeurope demands stabilization of the situation of these
people, including secure living spaces : The only solution to move towards more social
The continuation of this policy of evictions associated with other factors only
reinforces social ruptures and banishment of these populations by increasing
stigmatization and violent racist acts, barriers to education, non-protection of children,
obstacles to access economic and social rights or healthcare, forced expulsions from
The situation of children living in squat settlements and slums is particularly critical.
Both reports highlight the innumerable obstacles that are placed on children’s lives :
evictions, denial of education, lack of protection of children at risk and child victims of
exploitation. State and local governments must not abandon these children !
The CNDH Romeurope welcomes the recent statements of the French State and
certain local authorities concerning steps to welcome refugees. We hope this will
translate into concrete measures regarding accommodation and schooling for
children who do not speak French. These statements prove that when there is
willingness, solutions can be found for all and that the issue of slums is not
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I. Public policies focusing on goals rather than
An absurd policy of destruction of slums and squat
settlements in contempt of their inhabitants
Circular of 26 August 2012 void of meaning
The slum clearance mission managed by Adoma
Focus : In Ile-de-France, the AIOS platform
What place for people in public policies of common law ?
Focus : And the European Union ?
II. Systemic ostracism : the continuity of an
exclusion policy and exacerbated disruption
for the persons concerned
Racist stigmatization, acts and remarks
* Focus : The worrying situation of girls
* Protection of children at risk
Social rights and the right to health
Access to employment
Right to residence and forced expulsion
Romeurope National Rights Collective
Roma, Manuch, Gitans, Gypsies, Traveling People.. and also Nomads, Romanichels.. Who are we talking about ? Which words should we use ?
The variety of names is a reflection of the diversity of these peoples, as well as the way in which they have been represented by the societies in which they have lived, according to historians, for more than 600 years.
National and European institutions have used administrative, political and ideological reasons, to assume that these social groups or communities (which are by the way extremely diverse) have identical behaviours or experience the same difficulties, as members of the same generic group (Roma, Tsigans).
21 february 2011 European Parliament Report