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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

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ERRC submission to the European Commission on Roma Inclusion in enlargement countries (May 2017)

25 May 2017

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission on enlargement component of the EU Roma Framework.


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Roma Rights 1 2017: Roma and Conflict: Understanding the Impact of War and Political Violence

16 May 2017

The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

Sometimes Roma have been the direct targets of murderous aggression or subject to reprisals. Then there have been the many times where individual Roma actively took a side, but too often the roles played by Roma, Travellers and other minorities were elided from the dominant national narratives that followed.

In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

Editors: Marek Szilvasi, Kieran O’Reilly, Bernard Rorke

Roma Rights 1 2017 (PDF)

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Macron Election Call Out

5 May 2017

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