France urged to stop discrimination against Roma

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These Roma civilians are on the move in search of safety. UN Photo/UNHCR/Roger LeMoyne

The French government has been urged by United Nations independent experts to stop discrimination against the Roma people.

The Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, migrants, housing and racism say that evictions of the Roma continue and threaten to place families in highly vulnerable situations.

Gail Walker reports.

The call by the UN experts follows reports that there have been a number of evictions and expulsions of the Roma in the cities of Lille, Lyon and Paris, this month.

They say non-governmental organizations and the media have documented these expulsions and that they seem set to continue.

The experts recall that similar expulsions in August 2010 were widely criticized in Europe and around the world.

They urge the French government to ensure that its policies on the evictions and expulsion of the Roma migrants are not discriminatory and conform to European and international human rights law.

Gail Walker, United Nations.

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