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We are the Roma! One Thousand Years of Discrimination

by Valeriu Nicolae

Part of the Manifestos for the Twenty-first Century Series

We are the Roma! One Thousand Years of Discrimination Synopsis

The Roma or Romani people, commonly called gypsies, comprise one of the largest ethnic minorities in the European Union, with significant populations in the Balkan Peninsula as well as Spain, France, Russia, and the Ukraine. Persecution of the Roma dates back to the Byzantine Empire, when many were enslaved. The violent discrimination - being burnt alive, having homes destroyed and children stoned - and ghettoization of their communities continues even today. Despite EU legislation designed to protect them against racism, blatant and persistent persecution continues, both in newer member states such as Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Hungary, and in countries at the heart of the EU. And despite the EU's stated commitment to human rights, no country or official body has taken up the case of the Roma and strongly argued for their protection and integration. In this powerful and well-argued book, Valeriu Nicolae, himself a Romanian Roma, gives voice to the Roma cause, offering a precise and candid look at their current situation. In doing so, Nicolae also provides insightful ideas for what can and should be done to stem this long-standing and cruel intolerance. We are the Roma! brings to light an important and often over-looked ethnic discrimination in Europe and tells a story urgently in need of telling.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857420381
Publication date: 11th February 2014
Author: Valeriu Nicolae
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 120 pages
Categories: Social discrimination & inequality, Human rights,

About Valeriu Nicolae

Valeriu Nicolae is currently a senior consultant for the Open Society Institute and advocacy director for a network of European Roma NGOs. He is also the founder and president of the Policy Centre for Roma and Minorities, a Bucharest-based think tank, and cofounder of the European Roma Policy Coalition.

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