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

Slovak court rules segregation of Roma in schools unlawful

31 October 2012

Landmark judgement sends a strong signal to the authorities that separate education based on the ethnicity of the pupils is unacceptable.

Op-Ed: Europe’s Roma discrimination shame

26 October 2012

Anti-Roma feeling in many European countries still translates into official policies that result in segregation of Roma from the rest of society, deepening and exacerbating their existing poverty and marginalization.

Serbia: Belvil forced eviction highlights need for new laws

17 October 2012

The new Serbian government must introduce legislation which prohibits forced evictions, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today.

France: Scores of Roma left homeless in forced eviction near Paris

15 October 2012

Around 150 Roma inhabitants have been evicted from an informal settlement in the eastern suburbs of Paris.

Italy’s Roma still segregated and without prospects

12 September 2012

Discriminatory laws, policies and practices which marginalize Italy’s Roma must be urgently changed.

Reports

Slovakia: School year finishes without any progress towards ending segregation of Romani children

29 June 2011

Another school year has finished with thousands of Romani children segregated in inferior education, in separate mainstream schools and classes or in special schools and classes for pupils with “mild mental disabilities”.

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.

Hungary: Vigilantes threaten Roma community

18 March 2011

Following an anti-Roma march by the far-right Jobbik party in the village of Gyöngyöspata on 6 March 2011, three vigilante groups have been ‘patrolling’ the area harassing and intimidating Roma residents. Local Roma have allegedly been racially abused and there is fear for their safety. The vigilante groups have announced that their next target will be Roma in the town of Hajdúhadháza. Police have reportedly taken no action.

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.

Slovakia: Urgent request to resolve the housing situation of the Romani settlement in Plavecký Štvrtok: Joint open letter

8 December 2010

In this open letter, Amnesty International, the European Roma Rights Centre and the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (hereby, the organizations) express their deep concern at the threat of forced evictions of Romani families in Plavecký Štvrtok. In addition, the organizations are concerned about recent statements by the Slovak Minister of Interior, Daniel Lipšic, endorsing, according to media reports, demolition plans for the Romani settlement.

Hungary: Violent attacks against Roma

8 November 2010

In this submission, prepared for the UN Universal Periodic Review of Hungary in May 2011, Amnesty International focuses on the Hungarian authorities’ responses to hate crimes against Roma. Since 2008, Amnesty International has received reports of a number of violent attacks against Roma and their properties in Hungary. Amnesty International’s research into these incidents indicates that the Hungarian authorities have failed to identify and respond effectively to violence against Roma in Hungary, including by not investigating possible racial motivation.

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.