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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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No Arrests After Romani Man Beaten to Death in Czech Republic

21 October 2016

Budapest, 21 October 2016: The ERRC has learned that no suspects have been detained, nor have the police pressed charges after a Romani man was killed in a pizzeria in Žatec on 18th October.

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Roma Denied Electricity in Serbia: Discriminatory Collective Punishment for Roma Paying Through Collective Meter

14 October 2016

Budapest, 14 October 2016: The electricity supply to a majority Romani settlement in Serbia has been cut without notice, and with winter fast approaching. So far there have been no signs of the power returning to the hundred family homes in Crvena Zvezda any time soon.


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European Court’s decision in Roma eviction case a missed opportunity concerning an urgent issue, rights organizations say

11 October 2016

Budapest, London, 11 October 2016: Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) express disappointment with today’s decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Bagdonavicius and Others v Russia, concerning the eviction of six Roma families living in Russia. 


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