Roma Children France2012

Challenging the state’s candidacy to the Human Rights Council

Roma Children France2012DCI – France strongly condemned the state’s candidacy to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council for a three-year mandate starting 1 January 2014. DCI – France challenged this decision by quoting recent incidents of serious children’s rights violations on its own territory. Particularly affected were Roma children and foreign unaccompanied minors deprived of education, health care and social inclusion. These issues result from discriminatory treatment by the French government and its willingness to expel these populations. Ms. Sophie Graillat, President of DCI – France, decided therefore to withdraw from participation in the interministerial delegation for accommodation and access to housing (DIHAL), appointed to find a decent accommodation for Roma children.

DCI – France also raised public awareness on a case concerning a juvenile male sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes committed when he was a minor. Ms. Graillat stressed that this kind of sentence, life imprisonment without release, is prohibited for children by international law and that it contravenes children’s rights as established by the UN Convention. A review of the inefficient judicial system is thus compelling and imperative.

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