Expulsion of Roma from France and Italy, criticized by HRW

Human Rights Watch (HWR) calls attention, in its annual report, released on Monday, to the discriminatory treatment that the Roma are subjected to in the EU, criticizing the campaign to expulse them from France, to Romania and Bulgaria, in the summer of 2010, and the systematic eviction of their camps in Italy. Last April, the European Commission adopted, for the first time, a document referring to the Roma, calling for more effective policies to prevent their marginalisation. Some European countries, Germany in particular, continue repatriating the Roma to Kosovo despite UNHCR directives, while France came in for criticism for deciding to repatriate them to Eastern Europe, the HWR report points out. The organization also calls attention to racist and xenophobic violence, as well as the hostile political discourse in Italy. The Roma and the Sinti continue to be discriminated against in Italy, living in disastrous conditions, in authorised and unauthorised camps, the New York-based NGO stresses.

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