Here at Rights Readers we aim to use personal memoirs like Oksana Marafioti's American Gypsy to illuminate larger issues relating to human rights. While the kinds of discrimination young Oksana experienced were relatively mild, depressingly, there are far too many Amnesty International videos and reports on the subject of serious human rights violations against the Roma to choose from. The video above was made to accompany the release of a report last April, Human Rights Here, Roma Rights Now: A Wake-up Call to the European Union. The problem:
- Between 10 and 12 million Roma live in Europe – half of them in EU member states.
- Eight out of 10 Roma households in the EU are at risk of poverty.
- In 2012 11,803 evictions of Roma were carried out in France alone.
- Over the past six years, there has been an average of one eviction of Roma every other day in Italy.
- In Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria, between January 2008 and July 2012, there have been more than 120 serious violent attacks against Romani people and their property, including shootings, stabbings and Molotov cocktails.
More videos, reports and press releases at Amnesty.org and AI-UK. It's also worth just scanning the New York Times article tagged "Romani People" to see how common incidents of discrimination are.
In tomorrow's post we'll rock to the Romani beat!