United Nations rapporteur: France violates the rights of displaced persons

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — France is committing human rights abuses against displaced people and laws guaranteeing everyone housing do not protect the vulnerable, a UN special rapporteur said on Friday.

France, like most European countries, has seen an increase in homelessness over the past decade due to the consequences of the global financial crisis and the influx of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East.

The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies said more than 12,000 people were sleeping in the open on the streets of France.

The charity Les More de la Rue, which tracks the deaths of displaced people, said 566 people had died in 2018 at the level of France, including more than 100 in Paris alone.

After the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations visited my home, the joy of mobile immigrant camps in Paris, the coastal city of Calais, urban gatherings in Marseille and Roma settlements on the outskirts of the city, she called for an end to evictions that violated international law guaranteeing the right to adequate housing.

“The expulsion takes place throughout the country and in different contexts and does not happen in line with international human rights law,” Farha told Reuters.

“I met a group of immigrants in Calais with no doubt,” said Farha, a Canadian lawyer. She criticized police treatment of migrants sleeping in forests and on the roads.

A government spokeswoman and a Housing Ministry spokeswoman did not respond to calls and text messages from Reuters asking for comment.

Farah said France should focus on providing unconditional housing for displaced people instead of moving them through different “levels” of shelters based on work, health status and administrative status.

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