Protecting the rights of Roma and Travellers (2016)
"The Roma are what we strive to be: real Europeans"
Günter Grass, Nobel Prize in literature
It is estimated that there are some 10 to12 million Roma and Travellers in Europe, living in every European country. They are one of Europe’s most disadvantaged communities, having to cope every day with discrimination and racist insults.
The Council of Europe has been working for many years to combat this prejudice against the Roma and Travellers, taking measures such as co-ordinating a network of mediators who foster dialogue.
This leaflet highlights the many facets of their identity, but also the treatment they have undergone over the centuries. It also describes recent advances in the fight for the rights of Roma and Travellers and the role played by their representatives and major international organisations in framing the policies concerning them.
What's in a name?
Persecution and migration: a long history
Roma identity ("Romanipen" in Romani)
Housing, jobs, education and health
Stereotypes and discrimination
Roma and Travellers representation
The Roma and Travellers and the Council of Europe
Latest steps in the fight for the rights of Roma and Travellers
Roma and Travellers and other international institutions