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ERRC Provides European Commission Evidence of French Violations of EU Law

28 September 2010

Budapest, 28 September 2010: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) submitted a legal briefing yesterday to the European Commission concerning the situation of Roma in France. The brief summarised ERRC research suggesting that France’s expulsion of Romani migrants to Romania violates several provisions of EU law and international human rights law.  France’s compliance with EU law presently is being reviewed by European Commission Vice-President Reding, and Commissioners Andor (Employment and Social Affairs) and Malmström (Home Affairs).

During recent weeks, the ERRC and other organisations undertook documentation and field research in several locations in France, Romania and Bulgaria to submit updated factual information concerning the alleged violations of the French authorities. Researchers conducted primary interviews with Romani migrants expelled from France and gathered documentation of evictions and expulsions. The data clearly indicates that ethnic discrimination and profiling and mass expulsions without individual consideration are taking place. The report also raises concerns that France’s collection of fingerprints and other identifying data may be in violation of European data protection law.

The ERRC submitted that the evidence strongly suggests that France’s actions are in violation of the EU’s Free Movement Directive, Racial Equality Directive and Data Protection Directive, as well as the European Union Charter on Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Further information on the developments in France is available on the ERRC website.

For more information, contact:
Sinan Gokcen
ERRC Media and Communications Officer
sinan.gokcen@errc.org
+36.30.500.1324

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Roma Rights 1 2014: Going Nowhere? Western Balkan Roma and EU Visa Liberalisation

1 October 2014

This issue of Roma Rights draws attention to Roma from the Western Balkans and EU visa liberalisation. Migration of Roma from the Western Balkans has attracted significant attention, which at times amounts to hysteria. It has had an impact on migration policy both in countries of origin and target countries for migration. Romani migration has also become a common topic in public discourse, often framed in negatively by media and by public figures. The articles in this issue assess the motivations for Romani migration, the impact of migration policies on Roma, and the experience of Romani migrants. 

Roma Rights 1 2014: Going Nowhere? (PDF)

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ERRC Seeks Legal Trainee

19 August 2014

The ERRC has extended the deadline of this call until 21 October 2014.

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a legal trainee familiar with the legal system of one of the non EU Member States in which the ERRC is active to assist in litigating Roma rights, ethnic/race discrimination and related cases in domestic, European and international tribunals.
 

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Destroying Progress/Progressing Destruction: EU Romani Women and Children in France

16 September 2014

This report specifically addresses the situation of EU Romani citizens from Romania living in informal settlements in France and does not deal with the particular human rights concerns of Roma from other EU and non-EU countries or French Roma, Sinti, Gens du Voyage, Manouche, etc. 

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