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The European Roma Rights Centre calls on Paris public authorities to halt unlawful evictions immediately

5 February 2016

Paris, Budapest, 5 February 2016: Major media outlets have reported that 350-400 Roma were forcibly evicted from the informal camp around a disused railway line in northern Paris. The police began the evictions in the early morning on Wednesday and only a limited number of people have been offered an emergency shelter. The majority of the evicted have not been offered any accommodation; many children and people suffering from illnesses have been left without shelter in mid-winter. The inhabitants were evicted regardless of their protest earlier this week.

Evictions should be accompanied by rehousing and social support for the affected people, as set out in French government guidance published in 2012. Earlier, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, as well as the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights have all been clear and forthright in their condemnation of France’s behaviour towards Roma.

Earlier this year the European Roma Rights Centre together with the Ligue des droits de l’Homme repeated their recommendations1 to suspend systematic expulsions, to secure and to provide sanitation of slums, and to implement solutions for the integration of families. The monitoring of these policies should be organised within a framework of permanent dialogue between local, regional and national authorities, public actors and local associations active on the ground.

Reports about the evictions:

For more information contact:

Radost Zaharieva (France)
+33 760 112 249

Szelim Simándi (Hungary)


  1. http://www.errc.org/article/census-of-forced-evictions-of-roma-in-france--3rd-quarter-of-2015/4425.


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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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