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SPOTLIGHT ON FRANCE: Targeted Evictions and Deportations of Roma

19 August 2010

This special section of our website contains updated information and links related to the anti-Romani and anti-Traveller measures conducted by the French Government since President Sarkozy’s 28 July announcement. Media inquiries and other requests should be directed to: sinan.gokcen@errc.org (+36.30.500.1324).


ERRC Actions

27 September: ERRC provides European Commission further evidence of French violations of EU Law.

22-28 September: The ERRC conducts ongoing documentation of returns and evictions in France, Romania and Bulgaria.

21 September: The ERRC and other rights groups appeal to US Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton to speak out against evictions and expulsions of Roma in France.

17 September: The ERRC meets with European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek during his visit to Budapest to brief him on the situation of Roma in Europe and particularly events in France.

8-9 September: The ERRC meets lawyers and NGOs in France.

7 September: The ERRC attends European Parliament hearing on returns of Roma from France.

27 August: The ERRC submits legal brief to European Commission concerning situation of Roma in France.

20 August: Update on ERRC and Association Parudimos discussions with Roma returned by French government to the airport in Timisoara, Romania.

19 August: The ERRC and Romanian organisations Romani Criss and Civic Alliance of Roma in Romania prepare to meet Roma returned by French government to Bucharest and Timisoara airports.

17 August: The ERRC expresses concern that French and other policies which denigrate people because of their ethnic background frequently lead to violence against them.

6 August: The ERRC submits written comments to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for consideration in their review of France.

3 August: The ERRC refutes Sarkozy’s claim that Roma are a public security threat.

2-4 August: The ERRC conducts a mission to France in follow-up to President Sarkozy’s discriminatory plans.

29 July: The ERRC sends a letter urging French President to halt mass eviction and expulsion plans for Roma and Travellers.

28 July: French President announces targeted evictions and expulsions of Roma and Travellers.

Selected ERRC Media Coverage

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Hungary (February 2018)

14 February 2018

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Hungary to the UN Human Rights Committee for consideration at its 122nd session (12 Narch - 6 April 2018).

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The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England

24 January 2018

Romani and Traveller children in England are much more likely to be taken into state care than the majority population, and the numbers are rising. Between 2009 and 2016 the number of Irish Travellers in care has risen by 400% and the number of Romani children has risen 933%. The increases are not consistent with national trends, and when compared to population data, suggest that Romani and Traveller children living in the UK could be 3 times more likely be taken into public care than any other child. 

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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