One traditional area of discrimination in access to services has been camping sites. Prior to the implementation of the ICERD, art. 5 (f) through the 1971 Act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race refusing admittance or service on equal terms an Annual Directory of Camping Sites in Denmark from the 1969 issue brought bylaws which in § 1 limited access to persons with fixed domicile and identity cards. In practice the rule was aimed to limit access for travelling gypsies. The rule was introduced after a press campaign, and could also be used against hosts of camping sites who would allow Roma at their facilities.21 A few membership organizations had objected to the rule, while the responsible Minister for Culture did not find a discriminatory objective in the general wording of the rule.
The problem did not disappear after the 1971 act, and on 30 Nov. 2006 the former Complaints Committee for Ethnic Equal Treatment found that refusal by a camping ´site of a person with Roma background constituted direct discrimination in violation of the law. On 4 May 2010, however, the chairman of the Legal Committee of the Danish Parliament, reacted to a news report that 8 out of 11 owners of camping sites admitted to refuse “Gypsies on the background of bad experiences with this population group”. According to the Chairman of the Legal Committee, Mr. Peter Skaarup of the Danish Popular Party, the owners of the camping grounds could decide for themselves what customers they wanted, and denied that it was racial discrimination if Roma are refused access. According to press statements he would now ask the Minister for Justice to address the issue: “Camping ground owners should not be punished for protecting the sites against criminals. I believe, there is a need to make plain that you of course have the possibility to choose your customers.”22
The latest development is the forced expulsion of 22 Roma EU citizens who were caught sleeping “illegally” in tents in public space in Copenhagen. The European Roma Right Centre on July 12, 2010 condemned the Mass arrest and forced deportation of EU-Romani citizens, since they were not charged for any crimes, except for “illegal” camping in a public space.23 DACoRD is concerned that this is a violation of EU law and discriminatory against Romani.
Segregation in the labour market (recomm 16) (Art 3)
The Danish authorities have only been able to identify three cases of relevance during the period under review which is quite a surprise since the Danish authorities at the last session with CERD promised to improve the registration of discrimination cases. It is regrettable that the authorities have no idea of the number of cases since this seems to be crucial for the acknowledgement of the extent of the problem of discrimination in the Danish labour market.
By way of example DACoRD has forwarded many discriminatory job advertisements to the Ministry of Labour and asked the Ministry whether it agree that these are violations of the Act on the prohibition against discrimination in the labour market. Further more DACoRD has asked what the Ministry intend to do to stop these discriminatory employers practices. In a letter dated 15 August 2007 the Minister concluded, that since the police did not take action in a concrete case (where the employer asked for Danish manpower) the Ministry would not
21 A. Enevig ’Sigøjnere’ pp. 62, in J. Blum, ed., Minoritetsproblemer i Danmark, Gyldendal, 1975,
22 Ekstra Bladet 4 May 2010 and other newspapers, based on a news item from the news agency Ritzaus Bureau.
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Mass arrests and Deportations of EU Romani citizens in Copenhagen - Condemned