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Project Equal Access to Housing for Roma in the city of Vidin

Project Equal Access to Housing for Roma in the city of Vidin

NGO Organization Drom started the project Equal Access to Housing for Roma in the city of Vidin in coopertation with Bulgarian Helsinkii Committee with the financial support of Open Society Foundation - Budapest.

The aim of the project is to create awareness among Roma in the city of Vidin and the public society for the human right to housing for Roma.

Goal: Create awareness among Roma in the city of Vidin and the public society for the human right to housing for Roma

 Project focus: public accommodation (access to housing)

We believe that everyone has a fundamental human right to housing, which ensures access to a safe, secure, habitable, and affordable home with freedom from forced eviction. It is the government’s obligation to guarantee that everyone can exercise this right to live in security, peace, and dignity. This right must be provided to all persons irrespective of income or access to economic resources. There are principles that are fundamental to the right to housing and are of particular relevance in Bulgaria (security of tenure, availability of services, materials, facilities, and infrastructure, affordability, safe home, accessibility, location – e.g. housing should not be built on polluted sites, or in immediate proximity to pollution sources that threaten the right to health of residents); cultural adequacy(housing and housing policies must guarantee the expression of cultural identity and diversity, including the preservation of cultural landmarks and institutions).

We believe that these fundamental principles as enshrined in art.25 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, art. 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Art.27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Art.5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and Art. 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against women, are violated in the city of Vidin and we would like to support the Roma families and raise awareness about their victimization.