Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Villepin Criticises France for Not Speaking Out on Gaza

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

UNRWA official breaks down over Gaza deaths

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults: Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds' (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults: Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds'

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

War and Markets, with Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist at Saxo Bank

Read more

FOCUS

Constitution prohibits Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is Poor Military Training Causing a Larger Death Toll in Gaza?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

France's Iliad reaches for T-Mobile

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Air Algerie investigation continues

Read more

  • Truce violation accusations fly as Gaza ceasefire begins

    Read more

  • Regional summit to tackle deadly Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • €2.5mn of cocaine ‘disappears’ from Paris police HQ

    Read more

  • Interactive: France’s new plan to counter jihadism in Africa

    Read more

  • Ukrainian army suffers losses in separatist attack

    Read more

  • Dozens killed and injured in Taiwan gas blast

    Read more

  • Argentinian markets plummet following default

    Read more

  • French Jews speak of growing fear in Paris amid Gaza conflict

    Read more

  • Video: Inside Hamas ‘terror’ tunnels in Gaza

    Read more

  • Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over spread of Ebola

    Read more

  • France remembers murdered socialist hero Jean Jaurès

    Read more

  • Air France ground workers to strike on August 2

    Read more

  • Scores feared dead in India landslide

    Read more

  • Russia ordered to pay further €1.9 billion to Yukos shareholders

    Read more

  • Russia defiant as US, EU unveil 'phase three' sanctions

    Read more

Europe

Barroso calls for respect for minorities in wake of expulsions

Video by Alix LE BOURDON , Kathryn STAPLEY

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-07

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that the human rights of all EU citizens and minorities must be respected in a speech to the EU parliament on Tuesday in the wake of French moves to expel more than 1,000 Roma in the past month.

REUTERS - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso issued veiled criticism of France for its expulsion of Roma migrants on Tuesday, saying the rights of citizens must be respected everywhere in the EU.

Barroso did not mention France by name, but said European governments were obliged to respect the rights of minorities, just as EU citizens have an obligation to respect the law.
 
France has expelled more than 1,000 Roma in the past month, bringing the total this year to more than 8,000. The expulsions have been condemned in France and abroad.
 
"Everyone in Europe must respect the law, and the governments must respect human rights, including those of minorities," Barroso said in a speech to the European Parliament.
 
"Racism and xenophobia have no place in Europe. On such sensitive issues, when a problem arises, we must all act with responsibility," he said.
 
Tens of thousands of Roma, many from Romania and Bulgaria, have migrated across Europe in recent years, taking advantage of EU laws on the free movement of citizens.
But many have not found work and are frequently the target of discrimination. In Hungary, for example, the leading far-right party has said Roma are a threat to public safety and should be placed in highly-controlled camps.
 
France's expulsions have drawn criticism from human rights groups, the Catholic Church and some French politicians.
 
President Nicolas Sarkozy says the expulsions are security measures to combat crime, but critics say they are part of a drive to revive his popularity and divert attention from pension reforms and spending cuts.
 
The European Commission has asked France for evidence that its expulsions are in line with EU laws on free movement of people and that respect laws against discrimination.  

 

Date created : 2010-09-07

  • FRANCE

    French take to the streets to protest Roma expulsions

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Minister cites crime statistics to justify Roma deportations

    Read more

  • EUROPEAN UNION

    French ministers defend Roma evictions

    Read more

COMMENT(S)