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Stop evictions of Roma and Travellers

International organisations stress human cost of evictions and recall standards in a joint statement

29 June 2016, Strasbourg – Traditionally, summer holidays coincide with the eviction of Roma and Travellers throughout Europe, which takes place almost unnoticed.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) join the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Network of European National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) and the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet) in a statement to condemn the recent evictions of Roma and Travellers in Europe.


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Detention facility for unaccompanied children in Moria hotspot, Lesvos. © OHCHR

Engagement with Greece on rights of migrants, children and persons with disabilities

In two separate missions to Greece, the UN Human Rights office meets stakeholders and encourages the Government to change policies and move towards community-based, child-friendly services.

International Roma Day 2016

International Roma Day 2016

On 8 April 2016, as every year, we celebrate International Roma Day – once again in a situation where human rights challenges faced by Roma individuals, families and communities across Europe remain very serious.


Human Rights in the news

Joint statement from meeting in Warsaw with the Office of the Polish Ombudsman
Representatives of global and regional bodies concerned with rule of law and human rights have met in Warsaw with the new Polish Ombudsman, Dr. Adam Bodnar, to discuss the institutional landscape in Poland
Constitutional Tribunal in Poland
UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe expressed its concern about recent developments in Poland that may negatively affect the work of the country’s Constitutional Tribunal
Detention of migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic
High Commissioner Zeid strongly criticizes the detention of migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic, drawing particular attention to the violations of the rights of the children among them.
Forced evictions of Roma
High Commissioner Zeid expresses serious concerns about ongoing forced evictions of Roma and Travellers in a number of European States, including most recently in France and Bulgaria.
Migration / child rights
The committee on the Rights of the Child stresses that the continued shocking images that ricochet around the world do not tell the full extent of the devastating, and at times irreversible, impact the migration crisis has on the rights and well-being.
Human rights in Europe