Roma: Demanding equality and human rights

With a population of 10 to 12 million, the Roma are one of the largest and most disadvantaged minorities in Europe. Six million live in the EU.

Hundreds of thousands of Roma have been forced to live in informal settlements and camps, often without heating, water or sanitation; tens of thousands are forcibly evicted from their homes every year.

Thousands of Romani children are placed in segregated schools and receive a substandard education.

Roma are often denied access to jobs and quality health care. They are victims of racially motivated violence and are often left unprotected by the police and without access to justice.

This is not a coincidence. It is the result of widespread discrimination and racism that Roma face throughout Europe.

Governments across the region are failing to protect their rights.

Pushing governments and the EU to take decisive action

When it comes to the treatment of the Roma, EU governments are not just failing to respect binding international human rights standards, but also to enforce EU anti-discrimination law.

Amnesty International has been campaigning with Roma activists and organizations, to put pressure on the European Commission – the executive body of the European Union – to step in, where governments are failing, and put an end to the discrimination Roma face. Follow our work and stand up for equality and Roma rights!

 

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News and Updates

France: Protect against forced evictions

29 November 2012

The French authorities must immediately stop forced evictions affecting several thousand migrant Roma each year across the country.

Czech Republic: Action not words needed to end discrimination against Roma in schools

9 November 2012

Minister of Education urged to act on his pledge that desegregation and inclusive education are among his priorities.

Czech government still failing to address discrimination against Romani children in schools

8 November 2012

Romani children in the Czech Republic are still being denied the educational opportunities offered to other students.

Slovak court rules segregation of Roma in schools unlawful

31 October 2012

Landmark judgement sends a strong signal to the authorities that separate education based on the ethnicity of the pupils is unacceptable.

Op-Ed: Europe’s Roma discrimination shame

26 October 2012

Anti-Roma feeling in many European countries still translates into official policies that result in segregation of Roma from the rest of society, deepening and exacerbating their existing poverty and marginalization.

Appeals for action

Stop Hate Crimes in Greece

28 March 2014

Help bring justice to a Roma family in Greece and set a precedent for all Roma communities

Reports

SLOVENIA: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR AN END TO DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ROMA AND FOR REPARATION FOR THE "ERASED"

9 June 2010

United Nations Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Angola.

Europe: Stop forced evictions of Roma in Europe

8 April 2010

Forced evictions are cruel, humiliating and in breach of international law. In Europe, they happen all too often and affect those who are least able to resist.

The wrong answer: Italy's 'Nomad Plan' violates the housing rights of Roma in Rome

11 March 2010

The "Nomad Plan" is the first scheme to have been developed using special powers provided by a Presidential decree which declared a "Nomad Emergency" in May 2008.

Treated like waste: Roma homes destroyed, and health at risk, in Romania

26 January 2010

About 75 Roma people, including children, have been living in metal cabins and shacks next to a sewage treatment plant since 2004.

Injustice renamed: Discrimination in education of Roma persists in the Czech Republic

31 December 2009

In this report Amnesty International is calling upon the government of the Czech Republic to show leadership and direction to reverse racial discrimination in education and address grave violations of the right to education for Romani children.

End injustice: Elementary schools still fail Romani children in the Czech Republic

30 December 2009

Romani children in the Czech Republic are denied the right to an education free from discrimination.

GREECE: 11 ROMA FAMILIES FACE FORCED EVICTION

7 August 2009

At least 11 Roma families face forced eviction from their homes on a landfill site on the island of Lefkada in Greece, and have been subjected to other violations of their rights to adequate housing and health. The families have lived on the site with no access to electricity, sewerage and water connections for the past three years, following their forced eviction from another site close to Lefkada city, the capital of the island.

A tale of two schools: Segregating Roma into special education in Slovakia

24 July 2008

Almost all the pupils at the primary "special school" in Pavlovce nad Uhom, eastern Slovakia, are Roma.

Italy: The witch-hunt against Roma people must end

23 July 2008

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about actions taken by the Italian authorities targeting the Roma community.