Many of Europe’s 10-12 million Roma are at increased risk of racist violence and discrimination. Excluded from access to essential services and unable to get redress for human rights violations, many Roma feel abandoned. State authorities are failing to protect Roma and to ensure that crimes against them are thoroughly investigated in order to reveal underlying racist or discriminatory motives. This briefing examines hate motivated violence and harassment perpetrated against Roma through emblematic cases in three countries – the Czech Republic, France and Greece.
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