SECOND OPEN DAY OF THE LAW CLINIC AT UTFL – MEETING WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ROMA COMMUNITY IRCA

Following the meetings of the Second Open Day of the Law Clinic at the Law Faculty of Tirana, in 26th of March, it was organized a meeting with representatives of the Roma community at the Institute of Romani Culture in Albania and the students of the law clinic.

Since the Roma people are one of the vulnerable groups of our society, they encounter many difficulties in accessing the court or being assisted with the right legal advice. Thus, JuST USAID in cooperation with the European Center and UT-FL emphasized that such meeting was very beneficial as a bridge between the students of the legal clinic to exercise their legal skills and the Roma community to have legal assistance.

 Among the problems that were adressed at the meeting, the most emergent one was that of the Roma families that live at Selita locality. Those families fear of being deported out of their houses as a new urban plan will be implemented to construct a new inter-urban road. The

Roma activists that were present at the meeting talked about other problems as well, like those dealing with civil issues such as the lack of the appropriate documentation for being registered at the offices of the Civil Service. Whereas administrative problems that are being faced by the Roma families consist on the institutional inefficiency to recognize and legalize their immovable properties.

After all the problems are put in the table, the law students present at the meeting, tried to offer legal opinions to solve the issues. Finally they invited all the activists and Roma people to join the service at the Law Clinic at UT-FL for a more adequate response to their problem and why not brining them into the court.

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