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UN Condemns Germany for Forcible Expulsions of Roma to Serbia and Montenegro

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    Children s Rights Committee Concerned at Expulsions of Romani Children February 5, 2004 The European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) welcomes the Concluding
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      Children's Rights Committee Concerned at Expulsions of Romani Children
      February 5, 2004

      The European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) welcomes the Concluding
      Observations, published this week, of the United Nations Committee on the
      Rights of the Child, concerning matters related to Germany's record on
      child rights issues. The Committee expressed concern that Romani children
      may be forcefully expelled to countries from which their families have
      fled, and recommended that German authorities "take all necessary measures
      to review its legislation and policies regarding Roma children and other
      children belonging to ethnic minorities seeking asylum in the State party."

      Speaking on the occasion of the release of the Committee's findings, Mr
      Boris Tsilevich, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
      Europe involved in the investigation of the forcible expulsion of Roma from
      Germany to Serbia and Montenegro, said, "The Committee's conclusions are
      very important. Our work has caused us deep concern about Germany's respect
      for children's rights where Romani children are at issue."

      In recent years, the German government has carried out high numbers of
      forcible expulsions of Roma to countries in Central and Southeastern
      Europe, notably Serbia and Montenegro and Romania. German authorities have
      expelled Romani children who have been born in Germany, have attended
      German schools for significant periods of time, and who have formed real
      and lasting ties to Germany. In the extreme case, German officials have
      expelled Roma and others regarded as "Gypsies" to Kosovo, despite serious
      concerns that such persons are under threat of persecution in the province.

      Many of the Romani families currently being expelled from Germany have been
      in Germany for more than a decade, sheltered under a temporary protection
      mechanism called "tolerated" ("duldung"). The repeated provision of
      extremely short-term "duldung" status has effectively prevented tens of
      thousands of foreign Roma in Germany from integration in Germany.

      ERRC Executive Director Dimitrina Petrova, commenting on the UN committee's
      findings, said, "We turn to the UN on Fortress Europe matters, because
      justice is for the most part out of reach for Romani migrants abused in

      The Concluding Observations of the Committee on Germany's compliance with
      the Convention on the Rights of the Child are available at:
      http://www.ohchr.org/tbru/crc/Germany.pdf. Written comments on Roma rights
      issues in Germany submitted by the ERRC to the Committee can be accessed
      at: http://errc.org/news.shtml


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      organisation which monitors the rights of Roma and provides legal defence
      in cases of human rights abuse. For more information about the European
      Roma Rights Center, visit the ERRC on the web at http://www.errc.org

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