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

Czech Republic: Protect Roma at risk of violence ahead of far-right demonstrations

2 August 2013

Czech authorities must protect Roma communities from violence and intimidation, Amnesty International and the European Roma Rights Centre said ahead of planned anti-Roma demonstrations.

Romania: Thousands of lives uprooted in forced evictions

18 June 2013

The Romanian authorities betray thousands of their citizens through broken promises and total disregard of their right to adequate housing, Amnesty International said in a new report published today on forced evictions in the country.

European Court again chides Greece over discrimination against Roma schoolchildren

30 May 2013

Greece must immediately stop segregating Romani schoolchildren from their peers following a third European Court of Human Rights against discrimination of Roma in Greek schools.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Italy: Supreme Court strikes down the ‘Nomad emergency’ for good

2 May 2013

By declaring the so-called “Nomad emergency” unlawful and unfounded, Italy's Supreme Court has helped to end discrimination against Roma communities.

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


Amnesty International assessment of states’ implementation of recommendations from first UPR cycle: 15th session of the UPR Working Group, 21 January - 1 February 2013

19 November 2012

In its submissions, Amnesty International endeavours to assess the level of implementation of recommendations made by other states in the first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle.

Five more years of injustice: Segregated education for Roma in Czech Republic

8 November 2012

In 2007, the European Court of Human Rights found that the Czech Republic had violated the right of Romani children to an education free from discrimination, by placing them in “special schools”, which offered lower quality education.

On the edge: Roma, forced evictions and segregation in Italy

12 October 2012

The Italian government introduced the “Nomad Emergency” legislation in 2008, which led to widespread discrimination against and violations of the rights of Roma across the country.


11 October 2012

In early October work began on replacement housing for Roma and Ashkali people displaced from Kosovo. They had lost their homes and possessions in a fire at a refugee collective centre in Konik, Podgorica. The new housing – metal containers – does not meet international standards for adequate housing.

Italy's discriminatory treatment of the Roma breaches EU Race Equality Directive: Briefing to the European Commission

5 September 2012

Amnesty International is submitting this briefing for consideration by the European Commission to review whether Italy should be the subject of infringement proceedings under the Race Equality Directive for its discriminatory treatment of the Roma in relation to their right to adequate housing and related due process and other guarantees.


1 August 2012

Amnesty International is concerned at potential violations of Roma families’ right to earn a living caused by local authorities in Tirana prohibiting them from collecting recyclable waste.


27 July 2012

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: Forced eviction of Roma and alleged collusion in US-led rendition and secret detention programmes: Amnesty International Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, January-February 2013

1 July 2012

In this submission, Amnesty International assesses progress made by Romania in implementing recommendations it accepted during its previous UPR, in particular recommendations on discrimination against Roma.

Unsafe foundations: Secure the right to housing in Romania

8 May 2012

Romania does not effectively respect, protect and fulfil the right to adequate housing for all its citizens, either in law or practice.

Continuing discrimination of Romani children in education: Amnesty International submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

1 April 2012

In this submission, Amnesty International comments on the implementation of recommendations made to the Czech Republic during its first Universal Periodic Review in 2008 concerning widespread discrimination against Roma.