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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 Seeks Communications Intern or Trainee

10 August 2016

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a Communications Intern or Trainee with experience in research, media, communications or a related field to assist in the promotion of ERRC material on Roma Rights and the activities of the Communications department.

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Adam Weiss on Roma Genocide Remembrance

3 August 2016

ERRC Managing Director Adam Weiss shares his experience of being taught of the holocaust growing up in a Jewish family, and his early perception of Roma as victims of genocide by the Nazis.

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Ethel Brooks on Roma Genocide Remembrance

2 August 2016

Seventy-two years ago today, 2,897 men, women, and children from Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp were forced onto trucks, taken to gas chamber V, and murdered with Zyklon B hydrogen cyanide. Their bodies, too many for the crematorium’s capacity, were burned in pits outside. Upon the Soviet liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, only 4 Roma remained alive.

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