The FSG joins Amnesty International in Brussels to urge the EU to end discrimination towards Roma

The FSG joins Amnesty International in Brussels to urge the EU to end discrimination towards Roma, coinciding with the celebration of the International Roma Day, 8 April 2013

The Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) was in Brussels on the 8th and 9th of April together with Amnesty International and the rest of the organisations that form part of the European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC) – currently chaired by the FSG – to urge the EU and Member States to finally assume their responsibility and put an end to the widespread discrimination experienced by Roma in Europe, through the campaign “Human Rights Here, Roma Rights Now”.

Coinciding with the celebration of the International Roma Day (8 April), Amnesty International and the ERPC organised two events in Brussels: a flashmob in front of the European Parliament (8 April) and a hearing in the European Parliament itself (9 April). These two actions have a common objective: to raise our voices to urge the EU and Member States to finally put an end to the racial discrimination experienced by the Roma community in Europe in many areas of life, including the access to housing, healthcare, education and employment.

At the same time, a cyberaction has collected signatures to support the campaign developed by Amnesty International in the past months and aimed at European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Vivian Reding, which recalls that “Many EU member states fail to enforce, in policy and practice, not just international human rights standards, but also EU anti-discrimination law. The European Commission has the competence, responsibility and obligation to ensure compliance with this law and fight against the discrimination facing Roma.”