RFE/RL: ROMANIAN ROMA WARN FRANCE, EU AGAINST 'COLLECTIVE INCRIMINATION.'
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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 6, No. 161, Part II, 27 August 2002
ROMANIAN ROMA WARN FRANCE, EU AGAINST 'COLLECTIVE INCRIMINATION.'
Associations representing Romany organizations in Romania on 26
August sent a letter to French Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy and
his counterparts in the European Union, warning against a "collective
incrimination" of Romanian Roma, Mediafax reported, citing AFP.
Against the background of recent measures taken in France against
Roma from Romania alleged to be involved in human trafficking and in
forcing handicapped Roma into begging in that country, the
associations said the measures intended to curb illegal immigration
must not "collectively incriminate people described as Roma or
Gypsies." The associations also warn that the campaign in the French
media might lead to a growth of interethnic tension in Romania
proper. Sarkozy and his Romanian counterpart Ioan Rus are scheduled
to sign an accord in Bucharest by the end of this month on combating
illegal immigration and the return to Romania of several hundred
illegal immigrants, some of whom are handicapped Roma who were forced
into begging in France. MS