|The First Children’s Embassy in the World “Megjashi”-MacedoniaTo|
-Mr. Ivica Konevski-Mayor of Aerodrom Municipality
-Mr. Nezdet Mustafa-Minister without portfolio
-Inter-municipal Center for Social Work
Subject: Request for institutional accommodation
Yesterday, around 15 families from Roma nationality which live at a location near the bridge Twin (so called Holes) were announced that their dwellings will be removed by the municipality of Aerodrom.
The First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi, Republic of Macedonia, presents a request that these families are institutionally taken care of, before their current homes are removed.
In 2005, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy adopted a Strategy for the Roma in Macedonia, which, among other goals, underlines the improvement of the conditions for housing through inclusion in the urban plans in the neighborhoods and avoiding ghettoization. It is an obligation of the state to avoid violent displacement or other measures that cause homelessness. In the cases when displacement is necessary, it should be amortized by other supporting measures: use of legal guarantees to protect the rights, as well as existence of choice of other alternative accommodations. During the implementation of the procedure, these people should be given minutes as evidence that their houses were removed, for achieving their social rights.
With constant devastation of these habitats, the appropriate development of the children is obstructed, and many of their rights are being shortened. We believe that by accommodating them in some institution (for example in Chichino Selo) these children will be provided with at least the minimum existential living conditions.
Dragi Zmijanac, MSc.
Executive Director and Founder