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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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Joint submission to the Council of Europe on implementation of police brutality judgments in Romania (June 2016)

7 June 2016

Joint submission by the European Roma Rights Centre, Romani CRISS and APADOR-CH concerning Romania's implementation of the Barbu Anghelescu group of cases, for consideration by the Committee of Ministers during its June 2016 review.

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Joint submission to UN CRC on Slovakia (April 2016)

18 April 2016

Written comments by the European Roma Rights Centre and Center for Civil and Human Rights concerning Slovakia for consideration by the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the 72nd Session (17 May 2016 – 03 June 2016)

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Combating Hate Crime and Hate Speech in France and Italy

4 February 2016

Introduction

For years, the ERRC has been documenting hate crime and hate speech in various countries. With support from the Open Society Initiative for Europe, the ERRC is carrying out a project designed to expose the extent of anti-Roma hate crime and hate speech in France and Italy and improve the authorities' response to these problems. The purpose of this project is to introduce a new methodology for this work and apply it in these two Western European countries, where the extent of anti-Roma hate speech and hate crime is largely recognised, but poorly documented or addressed. 

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