Strasbourg, 07.03.2016 – A new “thematic action plan” for Roma and Traveller (*) inclusion approved by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers kicks off innovative programmes to empower Roma and Traveller women and girls, protect the most vulnerable groups and foster entrepreneurship within Roma communities.
“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.