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

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.

France: Protect against forced evictions

29 November 2012

The French authorities must immediately stop forced evictions affecting several thousand migrant Roma each year across the country.

Czech Republic: Action not words needed to end discrimination against Roma in schools

9 November 2012

Minister of Education urged to act on his pledge that desegregation and inclusive education are among his priorities.

Reports

Romania: Request to remove Romani families from Cantonului Street was rejected by the Cluj-Napoca Court

26 April 2012

Romani CRISS, the Working Group of Civil Society Organizations (gLOC) and Amnesty International welcome the decision of the court of Cluj-Napoca on Wednesday 18 April 2012 to reject the request of the public company, the National Railway (CFR), to remove approximately 450 people, mainly Roma, living in the settlement in Cantonului Street, in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca.

Romania: Stop forced eviction of Roma in Baia Mare

25 April 2012

Around two thousand Roma are facing imminent forced eviction in Baia Mare, north-western Romania. Seventy families are reported to have agreed to being relocated while the remaining residents risk being made homeless. In addition, those inhabitants without identity documents registered in Baia Mare will be evicted, their homes will be demolished and they will be sent to their places of origin.

Romania: Hundreds of Roma in Baia Mare, Romania are at imminent risk of forced eviction by local authorities

19 April 2012

More than one hundred Roma people from the informal settlement of Pirita in the town of Baia Mare are facing an imminent threat of forced eviction by the local authorities. No alternative accommodation has been offered to date and many are at risk of being left homeless. Moreover, those currently living in Pirita who do not have identity documents registered in Baia Mare have also been threatened with expulsion from the city.

Hungary: Report into vigilante activities in Gyöngyöspata fails to address discrimination

4 April 2012

Amnesty International wrote to the Hungarian authorities expressing its concern that the report by the Parliamentary ad-hoc Committee, published on 30 March regarding the vigilante activities in the village of Gyöngyöspata in March 2011 failed to address the human rights abuses suffered by the Romani residents.

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.

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.

Bulgaria: Authorities must urgently act to stop the escalation of violence targeting the Roma community

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.

France: Authorities must stop forcibly evicting Roma

5 September 2011

Amnesty International is deeply concerned that on 1 September the French authorities forcibly evicted between 150 and 200 Romani individuals from a camp in Saint-Denis (Paris region). This is the latest in a series of forced evictions that have been conducted by the French authorities.