The eviction of Safira Sánchez has been executed. This 23-year-old girl suffers a disability of 66% due to a cardiovascular disease classified as rare. It charges a pension of 380 euros per month as the only income. In 2014, she occupied an official housing in Guadalajara, where she has lived alone until Monday, when she has been evicted. Although it lacks a housing alternative; despite the fact that the supervisory committee of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PIDESC) of the UN urged Spain to temporarily paralyze the eviction, while studying the case, to avoid "possible irreparable damages"; Although several dozen people have gathered in front of the house to try to stop the eviction.
It was about ten thirty this morning when Safira Sánchez was left without a place to live. At that time, she had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. "She was very nervous, she began to lose mobility in one arm and we feared that it was a heart attack, we called the ambulance, they treated her at home, but in the end they had to take her away," explains his lawyer, Diego Herchhoren. "He has a very damaged heart due to his disease, Takayasu's arteritis ", Add. Hours later she was discharged and she, "in a state of shock, went to rest in the house of a friend or family member, "says Gustavo Rioja, of the Platform of Affected by the Mortgage (PAH) of Guadalajara, who has spent the night with her to try to stop the eviction. "The ambulance toilets tried to get the police not to break in, but it was impossible, they pushed us one by one and threw the door down, it was intimidating and very unpleasant.
The young woman occupied an official housing in 2014. According to her lawyer, the house was empty since 2009, when a family was evicted. Kutxabank then acquired the house. Herchhoren says the property was abandoned when the girl began living there. "She set it up, the protection period expired last February, the bank filed the eviction lawsuit in March, the trial was held without her being present, the ex officio lawyer who was assigned did not even contact her. He contacted the PAH, there was already a sentence, "he complains. They have managed to paralyze two evictions, one in June and another last September. But it has been impossible to stop the third. "And this, despite the position of the UN committee", which last September admitted to process the complaint of the PAH.
"Spain signed and ratified the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2009 and 2010, respectively," explains Alfonso Sánchez, spokesperson for Amnesty International in Castilla-La Mancha. "It contemplates, among other issues, the right to housing, judicial bodies have ignored [a la postura del comité], despite the fact that they must comply with the resolutions of UN bodies. "He was one of the dozens of people who spoke in front of the house this morning." The resolution established that the eviction should be paralyzed unless it was give a housing alternative, and no options have been given. "
"What the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha offers does not solve the problem," says Safira Sánchez's lawyer. Last September they gave the young woman the option of social emergency aid, temporary accommodation for social emergency situations or shelter in a residential care center for people without accommodation. "These last two options are the same: a shelter. The only solution they give is for Safira to go to a center that she can go to for days, with homeless people, something that does not suit her needs. It is not a housing alternative, it is simply a temporary option. Social emergency aid is something timely, insufficient, does not provide a solution, "criticizes Herchhoren.
The Ministry of Social Welfare points out in a statement that Sánchez has rejected the alternatives offered to him and that the fact that the girl had occupied the house in an irregular manner "prevents the Administration from granting him a definitive housing solution". His lawyer replies: "We are not going to let Safira stay homeless, if we have to occupy another house, we will occupy it."