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

Imminent forced eviction of Roma in Poland must be stopped

4 April 2013

At least 35 children and their families will be made homeless if the eviction goes ahead, as EU urged to stop anti-Roma discrimination.

Wake-up call for a giant: The EU must end discrimination against Roma

4 April 2013

On the eve of International Roma Day on 8 April, Amnesty International says the European Union is not doing enough to end discrimination.

France: New Roma forced evictions ‘shameful’

3 April 2013

Over 200 people, mostly Romanian Roma, were forcibly evicted this morning from an informal settlement in greater Paris.

Governments urged to end segregation of Roma in schools after the European Court rules against Hungary

30 January 2013

European Court of Human Rights rules that Hungary had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by segregating Romani children in its schools.

Romania: The Roma who were evicted to live by a landfill site

17 December 2012

Some 300 Roma people mark the anniversary of their forced eviction from a Romanian town to live in horrendous conditions on the edge of a landfill.

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


Briefing to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 48th session, May 2012

1 March 2012

This Amnesty International briefing to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights focuses on concerns regarding Slovakia’s compliance with the provisions for equal access of Romani children to education.

Italy: 'Zero tolerance for Roma': Forced evictions and discrimination against Roma in Milan

29 November 2011

Thousands of Roma in Italy live in camps located at the outskirts of urban areas, without access to most basic facilities.

Submission to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on D.H. and others v. the Czech Republic

28 November 2011

Amnesty International is extremely concerned that four years after the decision in the case of D.H. and Others v. the Czech Republic, the Czech authorities have failed to implement the necessary changes and Romani children continue experiencing discrimination in access to education.


30 September 2011

Amnesty International urges Bulgarian authorities to effectively tackle the escalation of violence which is resulting in racially-motivated attacks against the Roma community in the country.

Mind the legal gap: Roma and the right to housing in Romania

23 June 2011

The right to adequate housing is a human right that everyone is entitled to without discrimination.

Right to education without discrimination: Policy brief to the Slovak government

20 May 2011

Amnesty International and the Centre for Civil and Human Rights (Poradňa pre občianske a ludské práva) submit this briefing to provide policy guidance to the Ministry of Education of Slovakia on the right to education without discrimination.

Parallel lives: Roma denied rights to housing and water in Slovenia

16 March 2011

Almost all of the population in Slovenia has access to safe drinking water, but some Romani communities have to fetch their water from polluted streams or public taps.

Unlock their future: End the segregation of Romani children in Slovakia's schools

2 September 2010

Thousands of Romani children across Slovakia remain trapped in substandard education as a result of widespread discrimination and a school system that keeps failing them.

Steps to end segregation in education: Briefing to the government of Slovakia

2 September 2010

Amnesty International is deeply concerned that Romani children across Slovakia remain segregated in inferior education that traps them in a cycle of poverty and marginalization.