La difícil situación de los roma

NUEVA YORK – Los roma han sido perseguidos en toda Europa durante siglos. Ahora padecen una forma de discriminación que no se había visto en Europa desde la segunda guerra mundial: los desalojos y expulsiones en grupo de varias democracias europeas de hombres, mujeres y niños con el argumento de que representan una amenaza para el orden público.

La semana pasada, Francia empezó a ejecutar planes de expulsión de todos los roma no franceses, con lo que los implicó como grupo en una actividad delictiva, sin proceso legal alguno para determinar si algunas personas han cometido algún delito o representan una amenaza para el orden público. Esas medidas francesas siguen al “plan de seguridad” de Italia de 2008, que calificaba a los denominados “nómadas” de amenaza a la seguridad nacional e imponía una legislación de emergencia que propició expulsiones de roma no italianos.

La de poner coto a la actividad delictiva es una preocupación legítima de los gobiernos, pero la expulsión e ciudadanos de la UE por razones de etnicidad como xxx de la actividad delictiva es una violación de las directivas de la UE sobre discriminación racial y del derecho a la libre circulación de uno de los miembros de la UE a otro.

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