Human Rights of Roma and Travellers
There is a shameful lack of implementation concerning the human rights of Roma, the biggest minority group in Europe, in spite of years of policies and programmes to improve the situation. The Roma population is worse off than any other group in Europe when it comes to education, health, employment, housing and political participation.
Roma continue to suffer from pervasive discrimination in all fields of life, fed by rampant anti-Gypsyism. Rhetoric increasingly used by public figures and the media has contributed to further hostility against Roma and increase marginalisation. They also face alarming levels of violence and abuse by law enforcement officials.
The Commissioner for Human Rights therefore pays particular attention to the protection of the human rights of Roma. She has in particular identified the following issues as priorities: combating hate speech and hate crime against Roma; combating segregation in education and promoting inclusive education; working towards the eradication of statelessness among Roma; preventing forced evictions of Roma and housing segregation; and removing obstacles to the freedom of movement of Roma in the context of international migrations.
The Commissioner regularly raises these topics with authorities in member states, and expresses her concerns and makes recommendations about persistent problems in various country monitoring reports.
The right to leave a country (2013)
Albanian | Bulgarian | French | German | Macedonian | Romanian | Serbian
Positions on combating school segregation through inclusive education (2017)
available in: Albanian | Bosnian | Croatian | French
Human rights of Roma and Travellers in Europe (2012)
This book presents the first overview of the human rights situation of Roma and Travellers, covering all 47 member states of the Council of Europe.
Extracts from the full book: Albanian | Bulgarian | Czech | French | Hungarian | Italian | Romani | Romanian | Russian | Serbian | Slovak | Spanish | Turkish
Roma evictions: Europe's silent scandal (OpenDemocracy, 29 June 2016)
- Council of Europe activities regarding Roma and Travellers
- Dosta! Campaign: Council of Europe awareness-raising campaign on Roma to stop prejudices and stereotypes and discover the Roma
- ROMED: Training programme for local Roma mediators since 2010
- ROMACT: Joint Council of Europe and EU programme aiming at strengthening the capacity of local and regional authorities, to develop and implement plans and projects for Roma inclusion
- Factsheets on Roma history: Target teachers, pupils, decision makers, experts working with or about Roma and all people interested in Roma history and culture.
- Database of policies and good practices regarding Roma and Travellers
- European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion: Promote Roma inclusion, in the framework of the work of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
- European Academic Network on Romani Studies: Support efforts towards the social inclusion of Romani citizens in Europe by facilitating intercultural dialogue and raising the visibility of existing research outside the academic community.
- Recent Migration of Roma in Europe (2nd Edition October 2010) published by Commissioner Hammarberg and OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Knut Vollebaek
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Roma Holocaust Day is both about our duty to remember and the need to tackle persisting discrimination against Roma
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Learning from the pandemic to better fulfil the right to health
23 kwietnia 2020 10:53
European states must demonstrate resolve for lasting and concrete change for Roma people
4 kwietnia 2019 11:17
Travellers – Time to counter deep-rooted hostility
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Exchange of views with the European Committee of Social Rights
17 maja 2021 17:25
Creating trust through uncovering and recognising the truth: advancing recognition and remedy for antigypsyism
20 marca 2019 15:17
Commemoration of the Roma Holocaust: our duty to remember, and to combat persisting anti-Gypsyism in today’s Europe
2 sierpnia 2018 10:00
The Republic of Moldova should ratify the Istanbul Convention, improve its response to hate speech and advance access to quality healthcare, affordable housing and social inclusion for all
25 czerwca 2020 11:00
Stronger commitment needed to combat racism, fight gender stereotypes and increase media freedom in Bulgaria
31 marca 2020 10:19
Switzerland should reinforce its human rights protection framework and better respond to the needs of vulnerable migrants
17 października 2017 11:24