Kawczynski warns of new wave of ‘Roma-phobia’
The President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum is scheduled to address parliamentarians on Thursday 28 June, when the assembly receives Annette Groth’s report ‘Roma migrants in Europe.’
Kawczynski is expected to rubber-stamp the report’s main conclusions. He will say Roma people are “scorned” first for their ethnic identity and cultural heritage and then “cursed” again for daring to leave the countries in which they face prejudice.
Kawczynski will confirm that Europe’s failure to tackle systemic anti-Roma racism has crushed hopes that human rights are universal. He is expected to detail the “bleak situation,” the violence, intimidation and the serial humiliations faced by Roma people across Europe.
The ERTF president will blast projects which achieve no long term gains for Roma people and will call on the assembly to add its voice to the forces arguing for change.