The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Hammarberg published a viewpoint on the occasion of the International Roma Day and quotes the survey of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency on how Roma and other minorities feel about their situation in society. In this review Hammarberg sees his own impressions being confirmed: half of the respondents answered they had suffered discrimination at least once in the last year, one in five responded that they had suffered racially motivated personal crime and one in three Roma had been stopped by police in that period – half of them thought this happened because they were Roma. Hammarberg criticizes the states participating in the Roma Decade programs for slow action and also points out that local authorities often violate the human rights of Roma – like in the case of their eviction in Belgrade.
Anti-Gypsyism continues to be a major human rights problem in Europe
24 Apr 2009
Council of Europe website