“Many Roma continue to face serious forms of discrimination and human rights violations by authorities at both national and local levels. In particular, forced evictions without due process and provision of adequate alternative housing continue unabated across Europe, in violation of member states' international human rights obligations” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing the letters he sent to the governments of Albania, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy, Serbia and Sweden.
The Council of Europe published a Handbook for Lawyers Defending Roma and Travellers today. The handbook intended to familiarise those providing legal assistance to NGOs, in particular to Roma and Traveller communities with the European Convention on of Human Rights and the workings of the European Court of Human Rights.
Around 400 Roma were cleared from a shantytown in northern Paris on Wednesday morning after local authorities deemed the area to be "too dangerous".
Police moved in early in the morning to clear out Roma families living in the shanty town, which stood on unused railway tracks, known as the petite ceinture, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
Police have cleared hundreds of Roma people from a slum-like camp built on a disused rail line in north Paris. More than 350 Roma people had lived in the camp on La Petite Ceinture since mid-2015. Activists said many left early ahead of the police action. The site belongs to the national rail authority SNCF. France has one of Europe's toughest policies towards Roma. Most live in camps that are regularly demolished and every year thousands are deported.
The next concert of Roma and Sinti Philharmonics, "Requiem für Auschwitz" from Roger Moreno Rathgeb, will be performed in the "Frauenkirche Dresden" an 27th January 2016. Chimes and drumbeats are at the beginning of a work that was written against forgetting. The Sinto musician Roger "Moreno" Rathgeb composed his Requiem for Auschwitz in memory of hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti who perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau during the WWII.