Social & Economic rights

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Praxis’ Announcement on the Occasion of International Roma Day


At the time when the entire world is facing COVID-19 pandemic, health risks and loss of jobs, we would like to draw attention to the difficult position of Roma community in Serbia today.

While personal hygiene and regular handwashing are one of the main recommendations of the experts in combat against the virus, a great number of Roma still live in informal settlements, without electricity and water, and, thus, without basic hygienic conditions. The provide for their families by collecting secondary raw materials, doing seasonal, temporary and unqualified physical jobs, on the black market and without secured labour-related rights. As a result of the pandemic and the declared state of emergency, they remain without any income, due to the dramatic decrease of offer of the jobs they used to engage in and due to restriction of movement and fear of infection by coronavirus.

The assistance in food and hygienic packages that is being distributed in the cities and municipalities in Serbia is most frequently intended for vulnerable categories of citizens: those above 65 years of age, pensioners with low income, beneficiaries of financial social assistance. However, a significant number of the poorest Roma are excluded from this assistance, especially persons who do not possess personal documents or do not have permanent residence registered in the places where they actually live, because they are invisible to the system.

Therefore, on this day, we, once again, emphasise that it is necessary to undertake urgent measures to protect the Roma community in Serbia, especially those living in informal settlements, including undocumented persons and those without permanent residence registered in the places where they actually live.

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