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

Pariskevi Kokoni: Torn apart by hate

7 December 2014

Once they were neighbours. Today, racism and fear have left this quiet Greek town a divided community.

Amnesty International launches Write for Rights, the largest human rights campaign of 2014

28 November 2014

Millions of Amnesty International supporters from around the globe are set to take part in Write for Rights, the world’s largest annual human rights campaign launching on 3 December. 

Égalité?: Traveller and holocaust survivor talks of violence at the hands of the French police

27 November 2014

Raymond Gûreme experienced years of abuse at the hands of the Nazis in France for being a Traveller. Now, seven decades later, he lives like many Travellers on the margins of society with discrimination still part of his daily life. Read his incredible story.

Greece: Court must consider hate motive behind attack on Romani woman

3 November 2014

Any failure of a court in Messolonghi, western Greece, to consider the racist motive in the brutal attack on a Romani woman and her nephew will be a failure of justice, Amnesty International said ahead of the opening of the trial, on 4 November, of three men accused of causing serious bodily harm during an attack two years ago.

EU action against Czech Republic for discrimination in schools is a victory for rights, justice, and Roma

25 September 2014

The European Commission has sent a clear message to the Czech Republic that discrimination against Roma will not be tolerated. 

Reports

Europe: "We ask for justice": Europe's failure to protect Roma From Racist Violence

8 April 2014

On 24 July 2012, more than 800 Roma and Ashkali people displaced from Kosovo had their homes and possessions destroyed following a fire at their settlement in the outskirts of Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica. Amnesty International is calling on the authorities to immediately provide them with adequate alternative accommodation.

Romania: How the EBRD’s funding contributed to forced evictions in Craica, Romania

5 March 2014

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Union are providing a loan to SC Vital S.A., to fund a project for the extension and rehabilitation of the waste water and waste infrastructure in the Romanian town of Baia Mare. This project has led to forced evictions of Romani families in the Craica settlement in Baia Mare.

Serbia: How the EBRD’s funding contributed to forced evictions in Craica, Romania

5 March 2014

The Gazela Bridge Rehabilitation project, part of the Belgrade Highway and Bypass project funded by the EBRD and the European Investment Bank, led to the second largest forced eviction to date of Roma from informal settlements in Serbia. Amnesty International considers that the EBRD failed to carry out adequate human rights due diligence in order to identify potential negative human rights impacts in advance of the planned resettlement of Roma from the Gazela Bridge settlement.

France: Saint Ouen forced eviction is the latest instance of a cruel policy with dire human rights consequences

28 November 2013

France: Saint Ouen forced eviction is the latest instance of a cruel policy with dire human rights consequences

Italy: Double standards: Italy’s housing policies discriminate against Roma

30 October 2013

In Italy’s capital, Rome, people in need of housing are treated differently according to their ethnicity. The municipality of Rome has consistently designed and implemented housing policies that discriminate against Roma and violate their right to adequate housing.

Italy: Double standards: Italy’s housing policies discriminate against Roma

30 October 2013

In Italy’s capital, Rome, people in need of housing are treated differently according to their ethnicity. This report exposes how the municipality of Rome has consistently designed and implemented housing policies that discriminate against Roma and violate their right to adequate housing.

France: Told to move on: Forced evictions of Roma in France

25 September 2013

More than a year since the election of a new government, the cycle of repeated forced evictions continue to Roma people in France. The measures the French Government has taken are still insufficient to protect migrant Roma against this practice.

Slovakia: Unfulfilled promises: Failing to end segregation of Roma pupils in Slovakia

4 September 2013

Despite the acknowledgements, the political declarations and the judicial decisions denouncing school segregation of Roma, the situation of Romani children in Slovakia remains fundamentally unchanged.

Romania: Equality Body decision on discrimination of Roma by Cluj-Napoca municipality now final

31 May 2013

The municipality of Cluj-Napoca discriminated against Roma inhabitants who were forcibly evicted from the centre of the city to its outskirts in December 2010. This was stated in the decision of the Romanian equality body which became final on 28 May 2013.

Turkmenistan: Released journalist remains at risk

23 May 2013

Rovshen Yazmuhamedov, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist, was released from detention on 22 May in Turkmenistan after spending more than two weeks in custody. The charges against him are still unclear. It is likely he had been targeted in connection with his work as a journalist.