The aim of this report, which was commissioned by the Council of Europe Secretariat on behalf of the Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (ADI-ROM), is to take stock of the current debates regarding racism and discrimination against Roma and to contribute to a better understanding of the topic. The report covers the debates on the terminology used by different actors and the definitions provided by academics and institutions, discausses the causes of the racism against Roma, and describes and analyses its manifestations and consequences. Separate sections are also dedicated to possible responses to racism against Roma, conclusions that could be drawn from the report and a set of recommendations from different institutional actors.
Racism against Roma is a controversial issue and it starts with the terminology. The report presents the different terms used by Roma activists, scholars and different institutions – antigypsyism, Romaphobia, anti-Romaism, anti-Romism, anti-Roma racism – and will discuss the challenges in the particular choice of each term.
7. POSSIBLE RESPONSES