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Governments in eleven European countries are failing to adequately protect the rights of the Roma minority, according to a new report. The report "Combatting Racial Discrimination: the UN and its Member States" was compiled by the London-based Minority Rights Group (MRG).
The report examines how 156 states throughout the world apply the UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and how they deal with its monitoring body, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Based on this investigations, the report finds that Roma rights are not being given enough attention in six EU member states: Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the Governments in eleven European countries are failing to adequately protect the rights of the Roma minority, according to a new report.
On Sweden and Finland, CERD expresses concern that discrimination against Roma remains an issue and that the media often present negative images of the minority. It also points out that Sámi land rights in both countries have still not been resolved. In Portugal and Italy, it recommends measures to combat violence and discrimination against Roma. Roma children's access to education is a matter of concern in Spain and Britain.
Mounting problems facing the Roma in applicant countries are also outlined: the governments of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia are all urged to do more to prevent violent racial attacks against the minority.