Stop forced eviction of the Khawatmi family!
Forced eviction of the Khawatmi family is one of the many dramatic examples of forced eviction of those who became victims of inhumane practice and arbitrariness of the private enforcement agents
Forced eviction of the Khawatmi family is one of the many dramatic examples of forced eviction of those who became victims of inhumane practice and arbitrariness of the private enforcement agents.
The apartment which is a home to a pensioner Branka Khawatmi and her son with disability has been sold by an enforcement agent Nenad Botoric. Branka Khawatmi does not avoid to pay her debt of 6 500 Euro but according to her Botoric did not try to use any of the less drastic ways in which the debt could be paid for, neither he notified her on selling the apartment and gave her an opportunity to stop the procedure by paying the debt. The apartment of 48 m2 is located at Stari grad municipality in an area where a single m2 is sold for 2 000 Euros and this apartment have been sold for only 16 000 Euros. This is a grave reality in which justice and humanity depend on a personal character of enforcement agent. If an enforcement agent is a person with no conscience, there are no legal obstacles that can prevent such a person to confiscate whatever it pleases him or even destroy a life of a pensioner and her son with disability.
The only thing that may stand in his way is a citizens’ solidarity. Branka’s neighbours have already stopped previous attempts to evict her and the eviction announced for May 4, raised the attention of both media and citizens active on social media.
The lasting solution and preventing further violence against the most vulnerable ones is possible only if there is a systematic change. In the first place, it is necessary to end debt enforcement connected to the only residence of a household similar to the existing model in Slovenia. Also, the courts should be again in charge of debt enforcement instead of private enforcement agents as to protect the public interest. We stress that in accordance with the International covenant on economic, social and cultural rights the state should resort to evictions only as the last option but which should not result in rights violations or homelessness for evicted persons. Unfortunately, we are witnessing that the state, instead of helping the poorest ones, contributes to deepening of their poverty and erosion of their dignity creating the society of injustice and misery.
We would like to add that Branka Khawatmi complained to the Enforcement agents bar in regard to Botoric’s inhumane acts, which fully supported its member which reveal how severe may the consequnces be if the controversial laws will not be changed and if in the meanwhile the citizens, neightbours, friends and all those resisting bullying the poor do not mobilize against violence and autocracy.
Belgrade, May 3, 2017.
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