Thursday, November 16, 2006

A leading European human rights expert has criticized Slovenia over what he called the forced relocation of a Roma (Gypsy) family

BBC News:

The Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg was commenting on the 30-strong Strojan family, threatened by a local mob.

He said it was "unacceptable" that they had had to leave "because the majority population in the area so required".

Roma form less than 1% of Slovenia's population of two million.

Last month, the Strojans were escorted by police out of their village, Ambrus, just outside the capital, Ljubljana, after residents threatened to expel them.

Later, the villagers, who accused the Strojans of stealing, organised protests against any move to let the family return home.

The Strojans are staying at a disused army barracks in Postojna, south of Ljubljana, awaiting relocation with government assistance.

Education Minister Milan Zver said the authorities had no option but to move them, Slovenia's STA news agency reported.

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At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Zan said...

There is even more to mob gathering in Slovenia. Just recently a man with HIV/AIDS was forced to move from his own home in the city of Slovenska Bistrica by his neighbours.


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