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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 the European Commission on Roma Inclusion in enlargement countries (May 2017)

25 May 2017

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission on enlargement component of the EU Roma Framework.


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Roma Rights 1 2017: Roma and Conflict: Understanding the Impact of War and Political Violence

16 May 2017

The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

Sometimes Roma have been the direct targets of murderous aggression or subject to reprisals. Then there have been the many times where individual Roma actively took a side, but too often the roles played by Roma, Travellers and other minorities were elided from the dominant national narratives that followed.

In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

Editors: Marek Szilvasi, Kieran O’Reilly, Bernard Rorke

Roma Rights 1 2017 (PDF)

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Macron Election Call Out

5 May 2017

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