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

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.

Serbia: Belvil forced eviction highlights need for new laws

17 October 2012

The new Serbian government must introduce legislation which prohibits forced evictions, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today.

France: Scores of Roma left homeless in forced eviction near Paris

15 October 2012

Around 150 Roma inhabitants have been evicted from an informal settlement in the eastern suburbs of Paris.

Italy’s Roma still segregated and without prospects

12 September 2012

Discriminatory laws, policies and practices which marginalize Italy’s Roma must be urgently changed.

Reports

Slovakia: My Schoolbook: Unlock their future: End segregation of Romani children in Slovakia's schools

2 September 2010

This document is a schoolbook of a fictional Romani child living in Slovakia. His story is drawn from the experiences and testimony of real Romani children across Slovakia. The segregation of Roma in Slovak schools is a result of racial discrimination within the education system. It reflects prejudice and intolerance in Slovak society in general and is a factor in the perpetuation of such attitudes.

France urged to end stigmatization of Roma and Travellers

26 August 2010

Amnesty International today expressed deep concern about recent statements and measures taken by the French authorities that appear to target Roma and Travellers. The organization is troubled that some Roma are being returned from France to their countries of origin in a context of statements by the French government suggesting links between Roma and criminality.

Slovak government commits to end segregated education

11 August 2010

Following yesterday’s approval by the Slovak National Assembly of the new coalition government’s programme for the next four years in office, Amnesty International welcomes the stated commitment to adopt measures to eliminate segregation in education on the basis of ethnic origin.

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.