Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Netherlands: Roma Excluded, Stigmatized and Discriminated

Roma in the Netherlands are excluded, stigmatized and discriminated against. These are results from a report by Thomas Hammarberg, the Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe who presented in Brussels his report “Human Rights of Roma and Travelers in Europe.” In the Netherlands, Roma and Sinti have poor success in education. A disproportionately high number of them are sent to special education. There is also a problem that they are without any nationality. There is a shortage of places to park their wagons, many of their camps have been dismantled. The Dutch authorities discuss the Roma, but not with them personally. The problems also exist elsewhere in Europe and the discrimination in European countries increases.

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