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The FSG condemns the unacceptable anti-Roma policies of the mayor of Baia Mare (Romania) and regrets his recent re-election [editar]



18 June 2012. - From the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG), we express our profound disappointment over the unfortunate events that occurred in the town of Baia Mare (Romania), and which we consider as a blatant case of discrimination against the Roma. Specifically, the mayor of Baia Mare, Catalin Chereches, decided a few weeks ago the transfer of some two thousand Roma to an old chemical plant, known as the "factory of death". This is the same mayor who ordered the construction, in July 2011, of a two-metre high wall separating two housing blocks, inhabited mostly by Roma families, from the rest of the city.

The FSG considers unfortunate that discriminatory actions of such gravity are being launched by a political leader, actions that not only threaten the social inclusion of this ethnic minority, but that also directly violate the right to life of these people by forcing Roma families with a high number of children to live in a place that does not meet minimum health conditions.

This case is a clear violation of several human rights of this ethnic minority; on the one hand, it forces a massive transfer of population that induces the segregation of the Roma community, resulting in indirect discrimination prohibited by Directive 2000/43/EC. On the other, it produces a violation of the right to life of those affected, since it forces the transfer of a group of Roma families to a chemical plant, which may affect their health situation.

The FSG requests the immediate cessation of these actions, which violate the human rights of the Roma community. We have initiated a process of information and requested support from various national and European bodies working for the defence of fundamental rights.

In addition, we support the measures implemented by various entities, including Amnesty International,[i] which has monitored and issued a statement on this case, and the online Platform for citizen mobilisation Avaaz, which has launched a petition against the measure.[ii] On his side, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe has also condemned this situation.[iii]

Finally, we appeal to the responsibility of the citizenry, who elect their leaders through democratic processes. Elected leaders should represent the interests of all persons, including the most vulnerable, and guarantee their rights. It is necessary to undertake a process of in-depth reflection on the part of society as a whole, in order to achieve a cohesive Europe that is respectful of fundamental rights.

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