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Paris, January 25, 2013 - Activists with the Paris-based housing rights group Jeudi Noir entered a vacant office building in broad daylight on December 31. Experienced in illegal occupations, or squats, they did not expect to be stopped. One wore a worker's hardhat. They leaned a ladder against the wall and slipped through a second-story window.

Birmingham, January 14, 2013 - The International Network of Street Papers (INSP) has warned that violence against homeless people is a global problem which too often results in death.

Athens, December 20, 2012 - Greece is seriously failing to respect the rights of asylum-seekers and migrants, Amnesty International warned in a briefing published today.

Brussels, December 17, 2012 - European Union’s funding is plagued by a number of fundamental problems that affect in a profound and negative way the civil society in Eastern Europe. These problems seem to be treated superficially or ignored by the European Commission – the bureaucracy in charge of managing these funds (close to 100 billions Euros).

Brussels, December 17, 2012 - Euro-deputies in the justice and homes affairs committee voted on Monday (17 December) to support draft legislation that would allow law enforcement authorities access to a finger print database on asylum seekers.

Brussles, December 17, 2012 - Controversial proposals to allow law enforcement authorities access to the EU's EURODAC database of asylum applicants fingerprints were today approved by the EP's civil liberties committee.

Cluj-Napoca, December 17, 2012 - About 200 people will surround the Cluj-Napoca’s City Hall today, as a reminder of a forced eviction and relocation of about 300 people two years ago. The activists will be calling on the local authorities to bring the Roma back into the city.

Brussels, December 14, 2012 - In October, following requests from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, the EU Council of Ministers discussed measures to address concerns about the number of asylum applications from Serbia and other Balkan states. The Council stopped short of removing the visa liberalization arrangements in place since 2009 but, in effect, required Serbia and other states to introduce additional measures to prevent potential asylum seekers from leaving the country.

Belgrade, December 12, 2012 - Back in 2009 and then in April 2012, two Roma settlements (Gazela Bridge and Belvil respectively) were illegally evicted from settlements in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. These communities ended up homeless or were put into metal containers on the outskirts of Belgrade. But now the city authorities are deciding on the resettlement of these communities in locations which could further result in racial segregation for them. And incredibly, the EU is even funding this.

Hradec Kralove, December 11, 2012 - Thirteen Czech ultra-right extremists suspected of attacking three Romanies have been definitely acquitted by the appeals court, which said it was impossible to prove who of them committed the crime, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes yesterday.