Press release - DC125(2011)

Roma evictions: “aggravated” violation of the European Social Charter by France

Strasbourg, 10.11.2011 - The European Committee of Social Rights concluded unanimously, in its decision on the merits of 28 June 2011, that:

I) The forced evictions of Roma of Romanian and Bulgarian origin in the summer 2010 constitute a violation of Article E (non discrimination) taken in conjunction with Article 31§2 (Right to housing – Reduction of homelessness)

II) The de facto collective expulsion of Roma of Bulgarian and Romanian origin from France during the summer 2010 constitutes a violation of Article E (non discrimination) taken in conjunction with Article 19§8 (guarantees concerning deportation)

The Committee of Ministers yesterday took note of the report including the decision of the European Committee of Social Rights and decided to make it public immediately. In its Resolution, the Committee of Ministers invited France to report at a forthcoming meeting on the measures taken or foreseen in order to deal with the situation described in the complaint and to report on co-operation with other countries concerned.

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