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Amnesty has condemned the detention of several people protesting against the French law banning any form of clothing publicly concealing the face.
CND has accused the UK and French governments of “rearranging the deckchairs on the nuclear sub” after they agreed to co-operate over nuclear weapons testing.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has deplored attempts by governments in Europe to prohibit Muslim women from publicly wearing the burqa.
A Catholic bishop in Romania has deplored the mass expulsion of Roma from France, and he has urged European governments to act.
The French government has been roundly condemned by the European Union for its ethnically-based deportations targeted on Roma camps.
France and Italy are resisting pressure from human rights groups and the European Parliament over their continued mistreatment of Roma people.
France's main Protestant grouping has added its voice to criticism of government repatriation of Roma migrants and demolishing Roma camps.
Human rights activists have called for economic action against France for its continued Roma expulsions in the face of widespread international criticism.
Amnesty International has expressed concern over the atitude of the French authorities towards Roma and travellers.
Amnesty International is calling on French President Nicolas Sarkozy to combat widespread discrimination against Roma and Travellers in France
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