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

French authorities forcibly evict 150 people, including 60 children

27 August 2013

The French authorities’ evictions of Romani communities across the country continue to flout international law a year after the government published an inter-ministerial circular on the issue.

Romanian authorities leave 15 Roma families homeless and many more at risk

6 August 2013

The Romanian authorities must immediately halt all forced evictions and provide those Romani families who were recently forced out of their homes with alternative housing.

Hungary: Murder convictions are 'wake-up call' over hate crimes against Roma

6 August 2013

Hungarian authorities urged to protect minority groups from hate crimes after four are found guilty over the racially motivated murders of six Roma.

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.

Reports

France: Authorities should ensure that Romani pupils are not segregated at school

14 February 2013

Amnesty International is concerned that French authorities are failing to ensure that Romani pupils can enjoy their right to education without any discrimination.

Romania: Briefing to the Romanian Government on the right to adequate housing with regard to the marginalized Romani communities

1 February 2013

In this briefing, Amnesty International, the European Roma Rights Centre and Foundation Desire express their concerns about the inadequate housing conditions of approximately 1,500 residents – mostly of Romani origin – of the Pata Rât area in Cluj-Napoca. The organizations consider that these conditions amount to violations of international human rights law and standards which are applicable to Romania with respect to the right to adequate housing and other related economic and social rights, access to an effective remedy and protection from discrimination.

SUBMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EQUALITY DIRECTIVES

31 January 2013

Amnesty International submits this contribution to the European Commission on the occasion of its monitoring report on the implementation of the Race Equality Directive and the Framework Employment Directive

Macedonia: Special measures for Romani women and girls

22 January 2013

In January 2006 the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) called on the government to take “temporary special measures”, reflecting the degree of its concern about the situation of Roma women and women from other minority communities in Macedonia. In this submission Amnesty International concludes that Macedonia has made little progress towards guaranteeing the rights of Romani women and girls since then. The organization urges the Committee to repeat their previous recommendations and also suggests further specific measures that the Macedonian government should undertake.

Romania: Bring Roma back to the city of Cluj-Napoca!

17 December 2012

About 200 people will surround the Cluj-Napoca’s City Hall today, as a reminder of a forced eviction and relocation of about 300 people two years ago. The activists will be calling on the local authorities to bring the Roma back into the city.

Chased Away: Forced evictions of Roma in Ile-de-France

29 November 2012

France is no exception to the pattern across Europe of governments forcibly evicting Roma from their homes.

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.

Montenegro: Further information: Inadequate refugee housing in Montenegro

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.