The Roma in Europe are increasingly subject to racism, social exclusion, trafficking, and violence, in spite of efforts by European Union institutions to uphold Roma human rights, according to researchers Dr. Jacqueline Bhabha and Dr. Margareta Matache at Harvard School of Public Health’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. In an August 2 article on the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs website they document incidents such as the June kidnapping and vicious beating in Paris of a Roma teen, who nearly died.
Against a backdrop of financially unstable times when xenophobic views are on the rise, there has been an uptick in negative public sentiment about the Roma, in openly racist anti-Roma statements made by politicians, and in moves to keep the Roma in segregated communities and schools. Such anti-Roma sentiment has emerged time and again throughout the long history of Roma life in Europe, the authors wrote. During the Holocaust, between 220,000 and 1.5 million of Europe’s Roma were killed.