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프랑스 대통령, 집시 및 유랑자에 낙인 씌우지 말아야

국제앰네스티는 집시 등 유랑자(Gens du Voyage)들의 “태도 문제” 관련 회의 참석을 앞두고 있는 니콜라스 사르코지(Nicolas Sarkozy) 프랑스 대통령에게 집시 및 유랑자에 대한 차별을 타파하는데 심혈을 기울일 것을 요청했다.지난 21일 사르코지 대통령은 다음주 특별 회의를 소집해 “프랑스에 거주하는 집시 및 유랑자들의 행태와 관련된 문제” 그리고 “모든 임시 수용소의 폐쇄여부 문제”를 상의할 것이라고 말했다.

사르코지 대통령의 발표는 루아르 계곡(Loire Valley) 지역의 쌩떼니앙(Saint-Aignan)에서 한 경관이 차를 세우지 않는다는 이유로 뒷좌석에 앉아있던 젊은 유랑 남성을 사살한 사건에 따른 유랑자들의 폭력시위 이후에 있었다.

국제앰네스티 데이빗 디아즈-요게이스(David Diaz-Jogeix) 유럽 및 중앙아시아 프로그램 부국장은 “사르코지 대통령의 대응을 보면 그가 집시 및 유랑자를 표적삼고 이들에 대한 부정적인 편견을 심화시키려는 것 같아 우려된다”며 “프랑스 당국은 이들에 대한 법적, 사회적 차별을 타파하고 총격 사건과 관련해 중립적이며 철저한 조사에 착수해야 한다”고 말했다.

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France president urged not to stigmatize Roma and Travellers

23 July 2010

Amnesty International has called on French President Nicolas Sarkozy to work to combat discrimination against Roma and Travellers (Gens du Voyage) in France ahead of a meeting to discuss “problems” relating to their “behaviour”.

On Wednesday, the French leader said he would hold a special meeting next week to discuss “problems related to the behaviour of certain Roma and Travellers in France” and “to decide on the closure of all irregular camps”.

President Sarkozy’s announcement came after violent protests by Travellers in Saint-Aignan, in the Loire Valley, sparked by the police shooting of a young male Traveller in the passenger seat of a car that reportedly refused to stop when requested to do so.

“We are troubled that the President of France’s reaction to a quite specific set of incidents would appear to target, and perpetuate negative stereotypes about, Roma and Travellers in general,” said David Diaz-Jogeix, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director for Amnesty International.

“The French authorities should be looking instead to combat the long-standing legal and societal discrimination that they face, while ensuring thorough and impartial investigations into both the circumstances of the shooting and any offences committed in response.”

Around 400,000 itinerant French Travellers are already subject to discriminatory requirements to report periodically to the police and to be registered with a municipality for three years before acquiring the right to vote.

Travellers also face a shortage of authorized halting sites enabling them to maintain their traditional lifestyles and professions.

Around 20,000 Roma from Eastern and Central Europe are currently estimated to be residing in France, many of them in unauthorised camps.

Amnesty International also urged the French authorities to respect international law during any evictions of Roma or Travellers.

Evictions, even from unlawful settlements, should only take place after all other alternatives have been exhausted, following consultations with all affected residents, and the offer of adequate alternative accommodation.

“No-one should be left homeless as a result of an eviction and evictions must on no account be carried out in order to encourage migrants to leave the country,” said David Diaz-Jogeix.


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