Gedwongen terugkeer Roma naar Servië.

Tijdens de oorlog op de Balkan in de jaren negentig zijn grote groepen Roma gevlucht uit Joegoslavië naar West Europa.
Nu het wat rustiger is in voormalig Joegoslavië worden deze mensen terugestuurd naar Servië en Montenegro. West Europese landen sluiten terugkeerverdragen af met Servië.
Hoog tijd voor de Raad van Europa om te gaan kijken of deze terugkeerverdragen de mensenrechten in acht nemen.
Vandaar deze motie voor een aanbeveling.

Forced returns of Roma from the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia including Kosovo to Serbia and Montenegro from Council of Europe member states


Doc. 9727

4 March 2003


Motion for a recommendation

presented by Mrs Zwerver and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

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1. During the armed conflict in the Balkans in the 1990s, a large number of Roma originating from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia fled the country and sought refuge in other, mainly western European countries. The majority of them were granted different kinds of temporary protection based on humanitarian grounds. Some of them still remain in the countries which received them.

2. The host countries are now seeking to return them to Serbia and Montenegro. A number of expulsions have already taken place on the basis of concluded re-admission agreements.

3. Various Roma organisations have raised concerns about the procedures and conditions in which the returns are carried out, and about particular problems encountered by returnees.

4. In this context the Assembly is concerned about the compliance of the forced expulsions with international law, and in particular with the principles of respect for human rights, family life, and property rights.

5. Therefore, the Assembly considers it necessary to examine the procedures for re-admission of Roma population originating from Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo from Council of Europe member states with a view to verifying their conformity with international law and the respect for human rights.

6. Moreover, the question of re-integration policies of Roma returnees should be examined with a view to recommending to the Committee of Ministers to take effective measures which would enable their rapid integration.

Signed [1]:

Zwerver, Netherlands, SOC
Aliyev B., Azerbaijan, SOC
Branger, France, EPP
Cilevičs, Latvia, SOC
de Zulueta, Italy, SOC
Einarsson, Sweden, UEL
Hancock, United Kingdom, LDR
Higgins, Ireland, EPP
Ilascu, Romania, NR
Judd, United Kingdom, SOC
Kosyanenko, Ukaine, UEL
Lucyga, Germany, SOC
Nabholz-Haidegger, Switzerland, LDR
Vermot-Mangold, Switzerland, SOC
Wray, United Kingdom, SOC


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SOC: Socialist Group
EPP: Group of the European People’s Party
EDG: European Democratic Group
LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group
UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
NR: not registered in a group

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