Taras wants to:

Appeal for solidarity and action

Cluj, Romania, 10.01.2010.

The appeal signatories join the human rights civic organizations’ action started in March 2010, when
the local council decisions regarding the relocation of the Roma families from Cantonului area,
Coastei and Pata Rat next to the garbage dump in Cluj have been made public (County Patrimony and
Property Records Department Report number 64778/451.1 from 25.03.2010, Decisions number 127 from
30.03.2010, number 197 from 11.05.2010). The action included petitions addressed to the local and
central authorities, as well as the organization of a panel meeting with the participation of the
city hall representatives (http://www.petitieonline.ro/petitie-p19395057.html;
http://www.causes.com/causes/471269; or the document „Ascertainmet Report regarding the housing
conditions of the Roma communities in Pata Rat area” submitted to the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and the
Local Council, the Prefecture of Cluj County, the Administration and Interior Ministry, Ministry of
Regional Development and Tourism, Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection, and the Romanian
Presidency; or the 21.12.2010 Handout, http://apps.facebook.com/causes/posts/613721?m=c9577495).
The main objective of our actions was and remains stopping the City Hall’s project of moving the
Roma families evicted from other parts of the city in the so-called “social houses” in Pata Rat
area. Everyone must admit that this administrative measure does not solve the socio-economic
problems of the Roma families but aggravates them due to their relocation/eviction to an isolated
area at the periphery of the city. We repeated many times that: the creation of such residential
area near toxic waste means ghettoization; it means the stigmatization of the communities that would
live there as “gipsydom”, endanger the health of people and their social inclusion, and questions
the credibility of the integration policies assumed by the Romanian Government. In a number of
“Transilvania Policroma” broadcasts on TVR Cluj, we pointed out that without a short, medium and
long term strategy regarding the sum of problems of housing-employment-access to education-health,
the City Hall adventures in dangerous experiments. On every occasion we insisted on the need of a
collaboration Protocol between the City Hall and civic organizations in order to help identify
solutions that would avoid residential segregation and would assure the right to adequate housing,
in accordance with international legislation regarding decent housing, and as well as with
international and national regulations regarding the incumbency of maintaining a safe distance
between a residential area and a source of pollution.

If until 14-17 December 2010, our actions were considered by some as exaggerations (not being taken
into consideration) and the City Hall was appeasing the public opinion affirming that everything is
in order (and that it is doing a humanitarian gesture for Roma by moving them from illegal shacks to
contracted houses with double glazed windows) the following events have exposed the illegalities and
manipulations practiced by the local authorities regarding this issue. The eviction procedures of
people from their homes on Coastei street without being properly noticed; the quick demolition of
the houses without court order and/or a (public) decision of the local Council and without any
compensation; and people’s relocation in “social houses” finalized and handed out in a hurry on the
same days, denounce several things:
- even if for two decades (including December 2010) the City Hall has cashed in the rent from these
tenants, from 2009 the contracts have not been extended (so it collected money for something without
legal grounds, positioning itself in illegality);
- in the case of children that reached 14 years of age when the issuing of identity papers is
compulsory, the city hall agreed to issue these IDs on the Coastei address as long as the parents
waived their IDs issued on this address for a “temporary ID” with no address (the negotiation was
done tacitly and illegally);
- even if in the past those houses were allotted to them from their employer (as it happened before
1990s) or by the local government, people got used to live with the rumours regarding their
relocation (their harassments through these rumours and the state of uncertainty that was maintained
have degraded the physical and the mental state of many, but as they were not carried out for 20
years it gave them hope that the rumours won’t come true);
- many of the inhabitants from Coastei Street have repeatedly applied for social houses allocated
based on criteria (such as higher education) that they could not satisfy (which is a display of
direct and indirect discrimination, since from those that identify themselves as Roma, very few have
higher education);
- for those that were up to date with their rent and utility bills it was hard to believe that after
a life marked by the desire of “social integration” (with jobs and children in school) they were
being cast out from society to the garbage dump (by being forcibly moved to the modular houses in
Pata Rat); this fact severely defies the integration policies assumed by the Government, it actually
goes against them: it does not integrate the marginalized ones but disintegrates the ones that were
integrated and marginalizes them;
- instead of notifications regarding the eviction, relocation or the location that they were to be
moved to, the families have received on 15 December a notification requiring them to file an
application for social housing at the municipality next day; many of those notified (although all of
them have been defined as such in the notification) were not “without shelter” and they couldn’t
know where and how will the social housing be requested “willingly by them”;
- besides the written notification everyone was verbally intimidated by the threat that if they
don’t do what was requested they will surely remain without shelter because the houses on Coastei
will be demolished;
- for those that had no contract (and were living in shelters and improvised barracks) the proposal
of a contracted house, wherever it was, would have been gladly received; but those that had contract
on Coastei were expecting something better or similar but the city hall moved them all together,
which indicates the lack of interest in solving the cases individually and their intention to
completely free the Coastei area for precise financial reasons that remain unexplained;
- on the morning of the eviction day from the old houses, after their utilities have been stopped,
the contracts for the new houses were not ready; for several hours, surrounded by local authority
representatives, gendarmerie and masked officers, after it became clear that they cannot remain
there, the people were expecting to see those contracts mentioning the new location and their
allocation; the waiting period and the random way that they were allotted apartments in the modular
houses indicated until the last moment (when the bulldozers came on the site) that the city hall had
no clear strategy regarding the allocation of the families (it had, however, a list of people by
name, which reflects once again its knowledge regarding the “illegality” of those inhabitants);
- in the contracts that they received when they arrived in Pata Rat it was mentioned that they will
receive two-room apartments of 15 or 18 square metres, and the names of persons to inhabit those
apartments were also mentioned; regardless of the fact that the apartments are of one room and that
four apartments compose one module with one bathroom, their overcrowdedness clearly demonstrates
that they do not respect the minimum requirements of a home as prescribed by the Romanian law (at
the most, they might be considered emergency homes);
- for those who did not received a place in the new “modular houses” (being moved from their old
houses during winter time without being provided with another place to live in, which is illegal,
and having to move with their relatives) the City Hall allocated 20 square metres areas, suggesting
that they might build something there; but listing them on a table does not represent a property
document, and nobody dares to build again illegally, even if this “solution” has been again tacitly
proposed by the municipality representatives;
- in the situation that they are with 4-9 people in one room (sometimes more), between 20-40 people
for one bathroom (sometimes more), with wet walls, wet floor and wet ceilings (which denotes the
poor quality of the construction and endangers their health), with problems regarding the access to
public transport (the nearest being at 2-3 kilometres) and implicitly to jobs and schools, with
their furniture stored here and there, the people will feel compelled to be glad and grateful if the
municipality will allow them to build anything else in that area, although they are scared, among
others, by the strong smell that they can feel in the night coming from the toxic deposit of the
drug factory, or, when it’s warmer, from the garbage dump.
We point out the danger that the city hall will not have to create and legitimize the isolated
ghetto, because people will “ask” for it, and more and more families evicted from other houses in
the city will be moved in that area “on their request”. The local authorities will, maybe, visit the
area from time to time and state, as if they would not have instrumented the process, that “gypsies
live again in poverty and illegality, because this is their lifestyle”.

We invite all responsible civil and political authorities, local, national and international, for at
list now, after the damage had been caused, to unite and to compel the City Hall to find other
solutions for the evicted people, to assist them with aid in this transition period an to compensate
them morally and financially for their loses. Besides this, the aim of our appeal for civic
solidarity which transcends ethnic boundaries is to stop forced evictions in this area, to compel
local authorities to stop residential segregation caused through administrative actions, and even
more, to introduce a desegregation plan into the Cluj urban planning, and to determine them to
benefit of the European projects designed to solve the housing problems of disadvantaged groups,
among them Roma, together with other aspects of social exclusion.

1. Asocia?ia Amare Prhala, Cluj, Pavel Doghi, Pre?edinte;
2. Funda?ia Desire, Cluj, prof. univ. dr. Enik? Vincze, Pre?edint?;

The appeal was signed til now by the following persons and/or organizations:

3. European Roma Rights Centre, Budapesta, Isabela Mihalache, Deputy director;
4. Alian?a Civic? a Romilor din România, David Mark, Pre?edinte;
5. Centrul Romilor de Interven?ie Social? ?i Studii „Romani Criss” Bucure?ti, Magda Matache,
Directoare Executiv?;
6. Funda?ia Ruhama Oradea, Marian Daragiu, Pre?edinte;
7. Alian?a pentru Unitatea Romilor – Filiala Brail?, S?ndel Grosu, Pre?edinte;
8. Asocia?ia „Roma Access” Constan?a, Ion Nicu Stoica, Director Executiv;
9. Asocia?ia “Romii Romascani” Neam?, Liviu Daraban, Pre?edinte;
10. Asocia?ia Romii Ursari Ia?i, Viorel Mota?, Pre?edinte;
11. Asocia?ia „?anse Egale pentru Femei ?i Copii” S?laj, Faita? Mirela, Directoare Executiv?;
12. Asocia?ia „?anse Egale” S?laj, Vaszi Robert Janos, Pre?edinte;
13. Asocia?ia pentru Ap?rarea Drepturilor Omului „?anse Egale pentru Romi ?i Sinti ADOSERS” S?laj,
Marcosan Andrei, Pre?edinte;
14. Asocia?ia Thumende Hunedoara, Cristinela Ionescu, Pre?edint?;
15. Centrul Cultural „O Del Amenca” Prahova ,Ganea Daniel, Director Executiv;
16. Agen?ia de Dezvoltare Comunitar? „INTER-ACTIVA” Boto?ani, Semiramida B?lan, Pre?edint?;
17. Asocia?ia „Divano Romano” Boto?ani, Ferariu Rubina, Pre?edint?;
18. Asocia?ia „Parudimos” Timi?oara, Leonard Bebi, Pre?edinte;
19. Asocia?ia Jurnali?tilor Rromi, Bucure?ti, Lacatu? Georgic?, Director Executiv;
20. Asocia?ia T.R.U.S.T. – Tinerii Romi pentru Unitate, Solidaritate ?i Transparen?? Craiova, Alin
Banu, Director Executiv;
21. Asocia?ia Rhoma Heart Ilo Rom, Brasov, Dan Raea, Director Executiv;
22. Asocia?ia Nevo Parudimos Cara? Severin , Daniel Grebeldinger, Pre?edinte;
23. Asocia?ia Romano Suno Cluj, Norbert Iouna?, Director Executiv;
24. Asocia?ia Florarilor Bucure?ti, Florin Costel Georgescu, Pre?edinte;
25. Alian?a pentru Unitatea Romilor România Bucure?ti, Alecu Ionel, Pre?edinte;
26. Uniunea Democratica Culturala a Romilor Valea Jiului Hunedoara, Rad Marcel, Pre?edinte;
27. Funda?ia Wassdas Cluj, Ildi Otvos, Coordonator programe;
28. Prof. univ. dr. Maria Roth,Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai;
29. Lector univ. dr. Cristina Ra?, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai;
30. Adam Dinu, scriitor, Bucure?ti;
31. Marius Vlad, profesor, Hunedoara;
32. Asocia?ia Divers, Târgu Mure?, Maria Koreck, Pre?edinte;
33. Prof. univ.dr. Michael Shafir, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Cluj;
34. Conf. univ. dr. Smaranda Vultur, Universitatea de Vest, Timi?oara;
35. Alin Necula, doctorand, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj;
36. Prof.univ. dr. Liviu Ornea, Universitatea din Bucuresti;
37. Carmen Marcu, realizator programe, TVR Timi?oara;
38. Ion Vianu, scriitor, Bucure?ti;
39. Ion Zubascu, scriitor, Bucuresti, membru al Uniunii Scriitorilor din România;
40. Alina Silea, antropolog, Cluj-Napoca;
41. Calin Goina, doctorand în sociologie, University of California Los Angeles
42. Mariana Goina, dr în istorie, Central European University, Budapest
43. Gheorghe Nicolae, activist rom, Bucure?ti, fost Senior Adviser la OSCE
44. Ruxandra Costescu, cercet?tor, Bucure?ti
45. Grupul pentru Ac?iune Social?, Cluj, Adrian Dohotaru, Secretar;
46. Andrea Ghita, redactor de televiziune, Cluj
47. Prof. univ. dr. Gabriel B?descu, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
48. Szilárd Miklós, Asociatia Proiect-Protokoll, Cluj
49. Roma Organization on Migration, Comitetul de conducere, Bucure?ti: Viorel Zaharia – pre?edinte,
Gheorghe R?ducanu - vicepre?edinte, Vasile Ionescu – director general.
50. Alex Cistelecan, Asociatia Proiect-Protokoll, Cluj
51. Mihaela Gheorghe, asistent social, Budapesta
52. Asocia?ia Pentru Promovarea Incluziunii Sociale, Câmpia Turzii, Zoltan Kovacs
53. Lorena Doghi, Cluj/ Var?ovia
54. Dana Stoica, doctorand, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
55. Anca Gheaus, cercet?toare în filosofie, Munchen
56. Lect. dr. Könczei Csilla, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai
57. Raluca Petcu?, coordonator proiect, Funda?ia Dezvoltarea Popoarelor, Bucure?ti
58. Boróka Parászka, jurnalist?, Tg. Mures
59. Crina Marina Morteanu, coordonator regional Fundatia ERSTE
60. Asist univ. dr. Maria-Carmen Pantea, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai Cluj Napoca
61. Core Maria, Asociatia ,,Gi Rromano''- Harghita
62. Kinga Pakucs, doctorand?, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
63. Alexandra Jivan, antropolog, Montreal
64. Veronica Szabo, sociolog, University of Pittsburgh
65. Laura Georgescu, doctorand, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
66. Lect. univ. dr. Ana-Maria Palimariu, Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Ia?i
67. Conf. univ. dr. Alexandru Florian, Universitatea Dimitrie Cantemir, Institutul National pentru
Studierea Holocaustului din România "Elie Wiesel"
68. Laura Panait, doctorand?, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
69. G. M. Tamás, filosof, pre?edintele Stîngii ecologice, Budapesta
70. Hajnalka Harbula, doctorand?, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
71. Prof. univ. dr. Marta Petreu, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
72. Theodora-Eliza V?c?rescu, asistent universitar, Universitatea din Bucure?ti
73. Conf. univ. dr. Liviu Chelcea, Universitatea din Bucure?ti
74. Noémi Magyari, PR, Funda?ia Desire, Cluj
75. Ioana Bursan, asistent proiect ClujEst - Punct de cercetare vizual?
76. Prof. univ. dr. Ovidiu Pecican, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
77. Teodora Takacs, Cluj-Napoca
78. Prof. univ. dr. Mihai Dinu Gheorghiu, Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Ia?i
79. Alis Costescu, doctorand?, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
80. Lect. univ. dr. Selyem Zsuzsa, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
81. Andreea Laz?r, doctorand?, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, traduc?toare, Cluj
82. Diana Ureche, psiholog, pre?edint? de onoare DiversEtica, Bucure?ti
83. Conf. univ. dr. Marius Laz?r, sociolog, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
84. Lect. univ. dr. Geambasu Reka, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
85. Viorela Ducu-Foamete, doctorand?, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
86. Loredana Peca, biolog, Institutul de Cercet?ri Biologice, Cluj-Napoca
87. Timotei N?d??an, redactor ?ef, revista Idea art? + societate, Cluj
88. Lect. univ. dr. Imola Antal, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
89. Jobb Boróka, masterand, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
90. Mihaela Panainte, director Sala Mica teatru independent, Centrul Cultural Independent Fabrica de
Pensule, Cluj
91. Lorena V?eti?i, doctorand?, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
92. Júlia Szilágyi, critic literar, Cluj
93. Tudorina Mihai, Centrul FILIA, Bucuresti
94. Emil Moise, Pre?edinte Colegiul Director, Asocia?ia Solidaritatea pentru Libertatea de
Con?tiin??, Bucure?ti
95. Ovidiu Anem?oaicei, Doctorand, Gender Studies Department, Central European University, Budapest
96. Iulia Pascu, Cluj
97. Maria Bucur, Professor of History, Director of Russian and East European Institute, Indiana
University, USA
98. Bakk-Dávid Tímea, TRansindex, Cluj
99. Balázsi-Pál El?d, Transindex, Cluj
100. Dunai László István, Transindex, Cluj
101. Fülöp Noémi, Transindex, Cluj
102. Kudor Emese, Transindex, Cluj
103. Kertész Melinda, Transindex, Cluj
104. Rácz Tímea, Transindex, Cluj
105. Irina Sorescu, Pre?edint? Executiv?, CPE - Centrul Parteneriat pentru Egalitate, Bucure?ti
106. Cristina Neculcea, Asocia?ia ASPER, Bucure?ti
107. Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, Editor, IDEA arta + societate, Cluj
108. Sorin Tita-C?lin, sociolog, Constan?a
109. Doina Doru, scriitor
110. Ioana Florin Tala, mediator ?colar, Cluj
111. Lect. univ. dr. Cristina Dogot, Universitatea Oradea
112. Liga Pro Europa, copre?edinta Smaranda Enache, Târgu Mure?
113. Timea Falticska, secretar?, Municipiul Satu Mare
114. Conf. univ. dr. Gabriel Troc, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
115. Iulia Duda?, vicepre?edinta Asocia?iei Studen?i pentru Societate Cluj
116. Prof. univ. dr. Ion Iano?i, Bucure?ti
117. Janina Iano?i, traduc?toare, Bucure?ti
118. Dr. Könczei Csongor, etnograf, Cluj
119. Asocia?ia Femeilor ?ig?nci „Pentru Copiii No?tri”, Timi?oara, Leti?ia Mark, pre?edinta
120. Majtényi Ildikó, comuna Ac??ari, jude?ul Mure?
121. Majtényi Ágnes, comuna Ac??ari, jude?ul Mure?
122. Lect. univ. dr. Hanna Orsolya Vincze, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai
123. Ferenc Süt?, Cluj
124. Daniel Peslari, masterand, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
125. Irina Postolache, doctorand?, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai
126. Diana Prisacariu, coordonator Transeuropa 2010, reprezentant European Alternatives Cluj,
student? a Facult??ii de Istorie ?i Filosofie, UBB Cluj
127. Corina Iosif, cercet?tor, Institutul "Arhiva de Folclor" a Academiei, filiala Cluj
128. Adrian T. Sîrbu, cercet?tor, Institutul de Istorie "G. Bari?iu", Cluj
129. Oborocca Mónika, Radio Cluj
130. Szakacs István, Cluj
131. Petra ?tefan, Direc?ia S?n?tate Public?, Cluj
132. Marta Herki, CRCR, Cluj
133. Maria Diaconescu, UBB Cluj
134. Estera Hetea, Cluj
135. ?uglui Manuela, Sibiu
136. ?andor Iulia, Sibiu,
137. Irina Zinc?, Sibiu
138. Alina-Sandra Cucu, Cluj
139. Alexandru Greta, Cluj
140. Petru Greta, Cluj
141. Ernest Creta, Cluj
142. Eugen Varga, Cluj
143. Cristina M?rculescu, coordinator Rela?ii Externe OSUBB Cluj-Napoca
144. Cristian Adrian, student ?i membru OSUBB, Cluj-Napoca
145. Bibiana Pîslariu, Agen?ia de Dezvoltare Comunitar? Inter-Activ?, Boto?ani
146. Alia Adriana, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
147. Diana Cataram?, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
148. Teodora Bârlea, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
149. Laura Bota, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
150. Ioana Micu, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
151. Mircea Troc, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
152. Octavia Bor?, Cluj
153. Molnár Emese Zsuzsa, Cluj
154. Antoniu Greta, Cluj
155. Sebastian Florin Hoca, Cluj
156. Florin Gherasim, doctorand Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
157. Raluca Soreanu, doctorand University College London, Londra, Marea Britanie
158. Anca Simionca, Central European University, Budapesta
159. Violeta Vavur?, Profesor de limba român?, Bucure?ti
160. Cristian Pop, doctorand UBB, Cluj
161. Ioana Hoaghia, student? Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai, Cluj
162. Iulia Hossu, antropolog, Cluj-Napoca
163. Mihaela Griga Anghelescu, Director Departamentul de educa?ie pentru pace ?i dezvoltare, PATRIR,
164. Georgiana Hanea, masterand?, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
165. Danciu Dalia, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
166. Popa Luciana, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
167. Nacu Dumitrita, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
168. Mironescu Violeta, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
169. Benghea Rita, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
170. Axinte Ramona, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
171. Daboc Ovidiu-Dumitru, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
172. Ferdean Rares-Petru, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
173. Balmus Emanuel, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
174. Nedelus Roxana, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
175. Bara Diana, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
176. Maria Moldovan, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
177. Oltean Ioana Maria, student, sociologie, Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai
178. Dan Zeman, doctorand, Universitatea din Barcelona
179. Societatea Academic? din România Doina Laz?r
180. Gabriela COMAN, Département de Sociologie, Université de Montréal
181. Andrei State, filosof
182. Raluca Voinea, critic de art? ?i curator
Asocia?ia E-cart.ro, Bucure?ti, ?i Revista IDEA. Arta + Societate, Cluj
183. Andrei Anastasescu, traduc?tor, Centrul de Carte German? din Bucure?ti
184. Alexandra Pirici, artist independent
185. Farid Fairuz, coregraf
186. Monica Mocanu, profesor, pre?edinte ARDOR
187. Stanca-Daniela Smarandache
188. Ana Bazac, Profesor, Universitatea Politehnic? Bucure?ti