17 April 2009


The recent celebration of Romani culture on International Roma day (8th April) again drew attention to the discrimination directed at Roma and Gypsy communities globally, but in Europe in particular.

According to Amnesty International Roma are often victims of forced evictions, racist attacks and police ill-treatment and are denied their rights to housing, employment, healthcare and education.

Living predominantly on the margins of society, Roma are among the most deprived communities in Europe. In some countries, they are prevented from obtaining citizenship and personal documents required for social insurance, health care and other benefits.

Romani children are frequently unjustifiably placed in 'special schools' where curtailed curricula limit their possibilities for fulfilling their potential.

The Presentation Brothers have recently commenced an outreach to the Roma community in eastern Slovakia.

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