Advancing Roma Inclusion

Roma camp

Roma and Travellers face widespread discrimination (and often segregation) in many areas of life including as concerns policing, justice systems and areas such as housing, education, employment and health. In some countries, Roma are dramatically overrepresented among children taken into state care. There is widespread denial that discrimination and racism against Roma exists.

Pursuant to a Human Rights Council resolution, in 2015, the UN Human Rights Office supported the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues in producing a global Study on the human rights situation of Roma worldwide. The Human Rights Council resolution and the Study recognise that Anti-Gypsyism – the specific form of racism facing Roma -- constitutes a major obstacle to the successful social inclusion of Roma and the full respect of their human rights.

The UN Human Rights Office works in a number of countries to strengthen the effective exercise of human rights by Roma and Travellers.  It does this through supporting work to develop government policies on Roma inclusion, strengthening the capacities of Roma – and in particular Romani women – to take part in local, regional, national and international decision-making, as well as by working to challenge patterns and practices of discrimination and abuse. A number of Roma rights activists from countries around the world have also taken part in OHCHR’s minority fellowship program.

Feature stories

A man sweeps in front of his makeshift shelter at a Roma camp east of Paris. Working for a more inclusive policy towards migrant Roma in France
The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe works with civil society organizations and the French Government to change the policy of forced evictions of migrant Roma in France.
Paving the way to a better future for Roma families in Serbia
The United Nations Human Rights Office and its partners engaged with the Serbian Government to ensure human rights standards were observed in the process of moving Roma families from the slums of Serbia’s capital Belgrade.
The politics of exclusion continue in and around Rome
Roma migrants and their defenders describe the living conditions in camps, and forced evictions by the local authorities in Rome, Italy.

Empowering Roma in rural Hungary
UN and civil society are making efforts to empower the Roma in Cserehát region in their struggle against socio-economic exclusion and racial discrimination.

Bringing inclusion to Roma communities in Moldova’s rural areas
In Moldova, efforts to improve access to basic services of Roma living in some of the most excluded rural communities contribute to support their integration.

Between tradition and exclusion: struggling for the right to pitch a trailer
Candy Sheridan advocates for the rights of the Irish Travellers who were evicted from Dale Farm in Basildon, United Kingdom, over a year ago.


“A little bit of money makes a real difference”
Romani human rights activist, Valeriu Nicolae, runs and funds from his own resources a project aimed at giving young people in a Bucharest ghetto a future free of drugs and crime through education and sports.

Innovative grassroots projects for Roma integration in the Czech Republic
The UN Human Rights Office has welcomed projects for the integration of the Roma population launched by the local authorities in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Regrettably, critical civil society voices were excluded in the process.

Politics of exclusion continue in and around Rome
Roma migrants and their defenders describe the living conditions in camps, and forced evictions by the local authorities in Rome, Italy.