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Title: Roma Rights in the Time of Covid
Corporate Authors: European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) 
Subject Keywords: Roma and Sinti ; civil society
See Also: hate crime ; anti-discrimination ; tolerance ; stereotype ; prejudice ; hate speech ; victims
Key Issues: Roma, Sinti and Travellers
Issue Date: 9-Sep-2020
Publisher: ERRC
Material Type: thematic report
Format: pdf
Language: English
Country Coverage: Albania 
North Macedonia 
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Abstract: “The report, Roma Rights in the Time of Covid, shows how the most vulnerable Romani communities in Europe were significantly affected by increased institutional racism and discrimination during the first half of 2020. At a time when the attention of the world was diverted, Roma were being harassed and brutalised by racist police officers, forcefully evicted from their homes, scapegoated by the far-right, denied equal access to healthcare, and left out of emergency policy-making. The report details how Romani children were being denied access to education, how Roma-majority neighbourhoods were closed off and quarantined, and how a hostile media, starved of tabloid content, used hyperbolic and sensationalist reporting to demonise Romani communities. (…) The report provides recommendations to states, as well as the European Commission, on addressing issues of systemic discrimination which affect Roma. The ERRC urges international bodies to do their utmost to ensure that emergency measures do not become normalized and routine; and that national and local authorities devise post-pandemic recovery plans that are fully inclusive, and implemented in a manner that takes full account of the rights and dignity of Roma and all other racialized communities across Europe. While this report offers a summary of the diversity of human rights abuses perpetrated during lockdown conditions, it should be viewed against the backdrop of almost complete economic and social exile which many Roma are subjected to, even during normal times. These recent human rights violations are simply the most visible manifestations of the antigypsyism which most Roma are forced to deal with every day around Europe.”
Notes: includes "Conclusion and Recommendations" - for States and for European Commission
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Physical Description: 65 p.
Appears in Collections:Tolerance and Non-Discrimination in the Context of COVID-19

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