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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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Call for Grant Proposals: Community Legal Work Projects

20 January 2017

The ERRC’s legal work – which the organisation describes as “strategic litigation” – has been called “elite” or “elitist”. Budapest-best legal staff members work with us, Roma, as well as with local lawyers and NGOs, to design cases to have a big impact at national or European levels, and ultimately to ensure greater respect for our rights. But is this really working for us? Are we yet convinced – as the ERRC is – that court cases, and relying on legal rights more generally, are going to make our situation any better?

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Call for Proposals: Website Design and Hosting

18 January 2017

The European Roma Rights Centre (“the ERRC”) needs a clear, bold website to get strong messages across to the allies and foes of Roma rights: We are equal. The rights violations we suffer are real and unacceptable. We are taking our cases to court and winning. And the ERRC’s activist lawyers, advocates, researchers, human rights monitors, and entire team are making it possible.

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Romani Woman Harassed by Racist Hospital Staff during Childbirth Wins Case

18 January 2017

Budapest, 18 January 2017: A Romani woman harassed by staff while giving birth at a Hungarian hospital has won a decision in her favour from the Hungarian Equality Body. The woman who gave birth to her baby daughter in February 2016 was alone in the hospital and intimidated by staff who subjected her to verbal harassment and racial slurs, with one doctor telling her “you Gypsies give birth only for the money!”

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