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

Roma protest demands Czech Republic stops growing extremism

1 May 2009

The Roma community and civil society activists in the Czech Republic are to take part in a nationwide protest on Sunday, against the latest violent attack on a Roman

Europe's Roma community still facing massive discrimination

8 April 2009

Denied their rights to housing, employment, healthcare and education, Roma are often victims of forced evictions, racist attacks and police ill-treatment.

March through Czech town puts Roma community in fear

6 April 2009

Far-right groups organized a march through the Roma-populated area in Přerov in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

Europe unites against Roma discrimination

26 November 2008

An innovative two-day meeting in London – organised by Amnesty International – has brought together Roma and human rights activists from across Europe.

Czech anti-Roma demonstrators clash with police

19 November 2008

About 500 demonstrators linked to the far right Czech Workers Party, tried to attack a Roma community in the town of Litvinov.

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

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.