Monday, 11 April 2011

Dale Farm: Zero Eviction Day 9.4.2011

Saturday was a great day with the largest turnout so far of Dale Farm supporters joined by representatives of Roma groups from all over the world, here to show solidarity with the 86 families who have been living with the threat of eviction for the last 10 years.


Ariel view of the Dale Farm site when the Travellers bought it showing that it was not 'green belt' but a massive scrapyard - far right of the picture - that the Travellers themselves cleared and renovated, at their own expense, before they could live on it in the first place.

Joseph Jones (left) Gypsy Council and Yves Cabannes chair of the UN Advisory Group on Forced Evictions

Solidarity from Representatives of the International Alliance of Inhabitants here to celebrate the anniversary of the First Gypsy Congress in 1971

Grattan Puxon (far left) Secretary of the Dale Farm Housing Association, with the new banner.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Monitoring Human Rights Violations

Essex Human Rights Clinic: Skills workshop on Legal Observing/Monitoring of Human Rights Violations

We, along with members of the Gypsy and Traveller community and their support groups attended this informative day of training, places on which could have been filled three times over.
We all hope it will not come to this but we must be prepared, in the event of the Dale Farm evictions taking place, to defend our human rights by all peaceful means possible.
There will be further training days in the run up to direct action. We hope that the Bailiffs, Constant and Co. will be undertaking similar training and will employ more women in their ranks to ensure fair treatment of the evictees. (Have you ever seen a female bailiff?)
Friday 8th April is International Roma Day. April 9th is Zero Eviction Day which will be marked at Dale Farm with a celebration that includes representatives from the international Roma communities showing solidarity with Dale Farm. All are welcome.

Grattan Puxon, Secretary of Dale Farm Housing Association explains the background
to the eviction

Professor Todd Landman Professor of Government and Director, Institute of Democracy
and Conflict Resolution
, University of Essex.

Malavika Vartak, Amnesty International

Dale Farm Travellers eviction: the battle of Basildon | Society | The Guardian

Dale Farm Travellers eviction: the battle of Basildon | Society | The Guardian