Belgrade: Amnesty International has urged Serbian authorities to stop forced evictions of Roma, also known as Gypsies, in the capital Belgrade and to provide them with adequate housing.
The rights group said in a report issued Thursday on the eve of the International Roma Day that a series of forced evictions since 2009 from informal settlements in the city are breaching their right to adequate housing.
The report says some Roma families have been resettled in metal containers on the outskirts of the capital, segregated from the rest of the population.
The report describes how the "systematic discrimination" against Roma often gives them no choice but to live in informal settlements, where they have no security and are vulnerable to forced evictions.
First Published: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 20:37