Roma, the scapegoats of austerityby Paola Battista - 2013.09.06
Bad news, again, for Roma people condition in Europe. According to the Council of Europe’s (CoE) human rights commissioner Nils Muižnieks, indeed, there is “no sign of improvement” in EU States about the respect of Roma groups’s human rights. Segregation in education in various member state is the most urgent kind of discrimination to face, since it “destroys the life chances of these children” and broad segregation in housing and settlement. Fallowed by Statelessness, which affect migrants in general and Roma in particular, and barriers, especially in the right to travel, imposed on Roma who want to travel. Last but non least, the racist view on Roma, which reinforce stereotypes and prejudices: to punish hate speech and hate crime is the imperative. In order to recognize that Roma “are the scapegoats of the negative consequences of austerity”, Muižnieks says.
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