1. The Committee on Equality and
Non-Discrimination congratulates the rapporteur of the Committee
on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, Ms Annette Groth,
for her well-researched report and supports the draft recommendation.
2. History has shown us that poverty and large gaps between different
social strata represent a serious threat to the stability of a social
or political system. Therefore, we can say that the situation of
the Roma people is an economical, social but also a political risk
for Europe which has to be addressed.
3. The situation of Roma raises concerns, as their discrimination
in Council of Europe member States is blatant. Roma migrants, as
highlighted by Ms Groth, live in particularly difficult conditions
and suffer from multiple discrimination, as Roma and as migrants.
Stigmatisation in public discussion and the political discourse,
as well as stereotyping in the media, fuel discrimination against
Roma and make their integration even more difficult.
4. Roma women and girls face particular challenges, as they are
discriminated against both within and outside their community and
are victims of gender-based violence in a number of forms. These
include domestic violence, forced marriages, rape and marital rape,
economic violence and physical and verbal abuse.
5. Roma women and girls but also children are disproportionately
affected by human trafficking, for purposes of sexual exploitation,
labour exploitation and coercion into illegal activities. The social
and economic vulnerability of these groups in particular and Roma
communities in general increase the incidence of human trafficking.
6. Limited access to justice jeopardises the possibility for
Roma people to seek redress against discrimination and human rights