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

World Urban Forum: Leaders urged to end forced evictions

30 August 2012

Around the world, millions of people live in inadequate conditions in slums and informal settlements.

Hungary must protect Roma communities from attack

15 August 2012

Authorities urged to act after far-right groups attacked Roma residents in the western village of Devecser.

Czech Republic: Roma families at imminent risk of forced eviction

3 August 2012

More than 40 Roma families face a possible forced eviction this weekend in the north-eastern Czech Republic town of Ostrava.

Serbia: Evicted Roma families finally granted access to water

19 July 2012

Action by Amnesty International has prompted Serbian authorities to supply drinking water to evicted Roma families.

Italy: Halt closure of authorized Roma camp

28 June 2012

Authorities in Rome plan to evict Roma families from the Tor de'Cenci settlement, forcing families to resettle in an isolated and racially segregated camp.

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

Reports

GREECE: ALBANIAN ROMA TARGETED FOR EVICTIONS AND ATTACKS

30 June 2005

Roma have been evicted, their homes demolished by the Greek authorities and attacks against Romani communities have not been investigated in Patras, Western Greece. Roma who have migrated from Albania have been particularly targeted. Amnesty International is seeking assurances from the Greek authorities that no further evictions or demolitions will be carried out until the organization's concerns are resolved, and procedures to safeguard the human rights of Roma of Greek and other nationalities are put in place.

GREECE: OLYMPICS "CLEAN-UP" HITS CITY'S MOST VULNERABLE INHABITANTS

5 August 2004

Athens has worked hard to present visitors of the Olympic Games 2004, and the world's media, with its best face. People living in the city have been rewarded with new sports facilities, railways and road junctions after months of dusty work on buildings and roads. However, all this has come at a price in terms of human rights.

GREECE: PREPARING FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES - EVICTING THE ROMA

11 July 2004

In this document Amnesty International expresses its concern that the Greek authorities, by evicting Roma from their settlement and failing to facilitate their move to alternative appropriate accommodation, are acting in violation of Article 1.1 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

GREECE: OLYMPIC GAMES MUST NOT LEAD TO A TRADE OFF OF SECURITY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

11 July 2004

Amnesty International is concerned about reports that refugees, migrants, asylum-seekers and the homeless are being rounded up and detained as the Greek government mounts the biggest security operation in the history of the Olympic Games.

GREECE: "SHUT UP, WE'LL TAKE YOU BAREFOOT":THE ALLEGED ILL-TREATMENT OF ANDREAS KALAMIOTIS BY POLICE

30 June 2001

Amnesty International is concerned about allegations that members of the Roma community are being subjected to ill-treatment from the police forces on the grounds of their ethnic identity, and cites the example of Andreas Kalamiotis.

GREECE: "IT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN" CITIZENSHIP: GREEK, IDENTITY: ROMANI. THE ILL-TREATMENT OF NIKOS KATSARIS BY POLICE

1 December 1999

Amnesty International is concerned about allegations that members of the Roma community are being subjected to ill-treatment by police forces. This document examines the case of Nikos Katsaris, aged 23 who, along with three other family members, who was allegedly ill treated by police officers during a road identity check.

GREECE: ALLEGED ILL-TREATMENT OF LAZAROS BEKOS AND LEFTERIS KOTROPOULOS BY POLICE OFFICERS

18 June 1998

This brief external document accompanies the WERAN Action 12/98 and summarizes the events around the case of alleged ill-treatment of two Roma juveniles by police officers.