Senators: Vsetin town hall likely infringed on human rights in a number of cases|
Senator Josef Pavlata - the head of the Senate Committee on Human
Rights - has indicated that in all likeliness the city hall in the east
Moravian town of Vsetin did not respect human rights when it relocated
several Roma families to a number of areas in the Jesenik region,
including Vidnavy, Stare Cervene Vody and Vlicice. The families were
evicted from their original homes for repeatedly defaulting on rent.
The committee, inspecting in the region over two days, found the
circumstances of the families' evictions were not in order. The
committee has criticised the fact that families were moved to new
locations either at early morning or night, with no opportunity to see
the homes first; as well they were reportedly pressured into signing
By comparison, on Thursday the Senate committee visited a
highly-publicised site of portacabin homes in Vsetin, where thirty-six
mostly Roma families were relocated. There, they found city hall had
not infringed on human rights.