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

Romania: Scores of Roma face imminent forced eviction

6 September 2012

More than 100 Romani adults and children face forced eviction from an informal settlement in northern Romania.

A class apart – Slovakia’s segregation of Romani students

31 August 2012

As the school year is about to begin in Slovakia, Romani families are dreading the prospect of their children being segregated from their classmates.

World Urban Forum: Leaders urged to end forced evictions

30 August 2012

Around the world, millions of people live in inadequate conditions in slums and informal settlements.

Hungary must protect Roma communities from attack

15 August 2012

Authorities urged to act after far-right groups attacked Roma residents in the western village of Devecser.

Czech Republic: Roma families at imminent risk of forced eviction

3 August 2012

More than 40 Roma families face a possible forced eviction this weekend in the north-eastern Czech Republic town of Ostrava.


Hungary: Romani woman shot dead in Hungary

7 August 2009

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the killing of a Romani woman in eastern Hungary in the early hours of 3 August. The 45-year-old woman was shot dead in the village of Kisléta and her 13-year-old daughter was seriously injured in the attack, which happened justone day after Hungary marked International Roma Holocaust Memorial Day.

Slovakia: Police to investigate ill-treatment of Romani youngsters

8 April 2009

Amnesty International is deeply concerned by the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of six Romani youngsters - three of them who are reported to be under the age of 18 – detained at a police station in Košice which was depicted on a video published on the internet.

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.

Slovakia: NGOs call on Slovakia on International Roma Day to address discrimination of Roma in education

8 April 2008

Across the Council of Europe Member States racial, ethnic and cultural discrimination against Roma remains profound. Roma people continue to be largely excluded from public life and unable to enjoy access to adequate housing, health services and face discrimination in accessing employment. In many member states, the authorities are failing to ensure the rights of Romani children to access to education without discrimination. Some Member States continue to tolerate, and even promote, the diversion of Roma into special classes or schools where a reduced curriculum is taught.

Romania: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review: Second session of the UPR working group, 5-16 May 2008

8 February 2008

In this submission, Amnesty International provides information under sections B and C (as stipulated in the General Guidelines for the Preparation of Information under the Universal Periodic Review).

Still separate, still unequal : Violations of the right to education of Romani children in Slovakia

15 November 2007

This report shows that Romani children in Slovakia continue to be largely segregated in practice in inferior education.

Slovakia: Romani children denied equal education free from discrimination

15 November 2007

(Bratislava) Huge numbers of Romani children are still being placed disproportionatelyin special schools and classes for children with mental disabilities and learning difficulties, or segregated in Roma-only mainstream schools across the country, Amnesty International said today.