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French Govt treats us like Dogs: says one mother of evicted Roma children

The failure of the local authorities to help the evicted roma families and to provide them with an alternative accommodation facility causes the main problem

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People gather as they are evacuated from a Romani camp installed along La Petite Ceinture, an abandoned railroad line, in Paris, France, February 3, 2016. More than 350 Roma people, who have been living here since the last summer, were evicted from the makeshift camp. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes - RTX2580E

Paris, Sept 21, 2016: The families evicted in Montreuil were all Roma migrants. 13 Roma families have been evicted from an illegal settlement, including 19 children. The have all ended up on the streets. One of them with a three months old baby exclaimed, “The government treats us like dogs.”

The failure of the local authorities to help the evicted families and to provide them with an alternative accommodation facility causes the main problem.

In the 10th century, Roma migrated to Eastern Europe. Around 12 million Roma are living in the Eastern Europe, particularly in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia. After the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union collapse, they migrated to the West to run away from poverty and discrimination.

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Estimates of Roma in France differs, but according to 2014 report by an alliance of 12 countries who were working to promote Roma inclusion said, around 500,000 Roma are living in France, which includes travelers and migrants. The families evicted in Montreuil were all Roma migrants, and they were mostly from Bulgaria and Romania.

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According to Reuters, “Campaigners say the forced eviction of families in Montreuil is part of a wider pattern of discrimination against the Roma minority in France and their status in the country is becoming more precarious in an atmosphere of xenophobia.

Last year, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein accused France of operating ‘a systematic national policy to forcibly evict the Roma’ with worrying implications for children in particular. He called on the country to halt evictions without the provision of alternative housing.

Every day since their eviction at the end of July, the families have gathered outside Montreuil’s town hall to ask the mayor for permanent alternative housing. Their angry voices cut through the stillness of suburban Paris.”

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According to Reuters, Radost Zaharieva of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) said, “Even if conditions are poor in the slums, at least the Roma people are protected there. At least they are not on the street, where they are exposed to different attacks.”

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Goa State Human Rights Commission terms Disrobing of Deceased Women as Human Rights Violation

Disrobing of female corpses on the funeral pyre is a common practice among Goa's Hindu community

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Panaji, August 14, 2017: Terming the disrobing of deceased women a human rights violation, the Goa State Human Rights Commission on Monday said that all panchayat and municipal agencies should ensure that the practice is prevented.

“Disrobing the deceased woman in the crematorium certainly amounts to violation of basic human rights of the women which is required to be prevented by the concerned authorities by taking appropriate steps,” the order states.

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The order, which was issued following a petition by Goa-based women’s group Bailancho Saad, also said that the state government, through the office of the Chief Secretary, should ensure that the fiat is complied with.

Disrobing of female corpses on the funeral pyre is a common practice among Goa’s Hindu community. (IANS)

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Pakistan Passes Anti-honor Killing Bill: New Law ensures perpetrators will get 25-year Prison Sentence

In July, a social media star, Qandeel Baloch, was strangled and her brother confessed to the crime, citing what he described as Baloch’s “intolerable” behaviour

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FILE - In this picture taken on July 18, 2016, the mother of Pakistani slain social media star Qandeel Baloch mourns besides her dead body in Shah Sadderuddin, Pakistan. Baloch was killed by her brother for what he called “intolerable” behavior. VOA

October 7, 2016: Pakistan passed long-awaited legislation Thursday on so-called “honor killings,” removing a loophole that allowed the killer to go free.

Under the new law, perpetrators will get a mandatory 25-year prison sentence. Previously, killers could be pardoned by the victim’s family and be freed.

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In a statement issued late Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated the parliament, civil society activists, academia and media for supporting the landmark passage of the anti-honor killing legislation.

“I urge the entire nation particularly enlightened and progressive voices in the country to support us in successful enforcement of the legislation and catch hold of those who have been targeting women through frivolous customs and practices that have nothing to do with Islam,” Sharif asserted and added: ”There is no honor in honor killing.”

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Human rights groups say hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan each year for allegedly bringing “dishonor” to their families.

In July, a social media star, Qandeel Baloch, was strangled and her brother confessed to the crime, citing what he described as Baloch’s “intolerable” behaviour.

Her death made headlines in local and international media for days, prompting a high-level probe into the killing. (VOA)

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Prince Mohyuddin to India: Do not interfere in Balochistan matters

Indian leadership is again interfering in the internal matters of Balochistan so as to divert the attention of its human rights violation in occupied Kashmir

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Islamabad, 25 Sept, 2016: Balochistan issue is important but a complicated one. The province’s stability is indispensable, not only for Pakistan but for its neighbors as well. The rising problems with the resource-rich province are growing each day and seem to be endless. It has become a big issue for other countries in the region, and also for the key world powers.

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But, according to media of Pakistan, on Thursday, Chief of Baloch Rabita Ittefaq Tehrik (BRIT) and former federal minister, Prince Mohyuddin Baloch asked Indian leadership to refrain from commenting about internal matters of Balochistan province.

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He said it by referring to some of the statements of Indian politicians on Balochistan. He further added that there is evidence of Indian involvement in the Balochistan affairs, and now Indian leadership is again interfering in the internal matters of Balochistan so as to divert the attention of its human rights violation in occupied Kashmir.

In a statement issued, he said, “Baloch people and leadership played a pivotal role during Pakistan movement and rendered unmatched sacrifices for solidarity and integrity of their motherland.”

He highlighted the sacrifices by Balochs for Pakistan in the past. Adding, Khan of Kalat hosted father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah during the independence movement.

Later, Khan of Kalat announced to merge Kalat state in Pakistan voluntarily, on the eve of independence to further strengthen the newly made state. He said, “Baloch people were a patriot and supported all the efforts being made to Pakistan a developed and prosperous state.”

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Prince Mohyuddin Baloch promised to continue to work for the betterment of Balochistan and make an effort to unite the nation on the platform of BRIT.

He said, “Baloch youth should be imparted technical training so that they could get appropriate jobs in the projects being implemented under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).”

–  prepared by NewsGram team with inputs from APP