Rights expert: Hate speech and violence continue to escalate against Roma, despite gains in recognition


Before Rome World Day on Thursday, April 8th, Fernand de Varennes He called for more action to control the spread of inflammatory comments on social media.

“These forms of online hate speech violate international standards of Human rights obligations. It could lead to violence against Sinti, Roma and other minorities, “he said.

The birth of the Rome World Congress

The first World Congress of Roma was held in 1971 near London, as a forum to discuss issues related to the Roma people around the world.

It saw it as a major push for minority unity and an attempt to build a common ethnic identity.

Among the goals of that meeting were to improve civil rights and education, preserve Roma culture and recognize them as a national minority of Indian origin.

Rome World Day was born in 1990 in Sirok, Poland, the site of the Fourth World Conference of Roma. It is a day to celebrate Roma culture and raise awareness of the issues facing the Roma people.

Lack of progress in tackling hate

Despite greater international recognition, Mr. de Farnes emphasized that there has been a lack of progress since last year, when he reflected hate speech on the Internet and in the mainstream media, including the scapegoating of Roma on Corona Virus pandemic.

He said, “Public authorities who not only condone such biting criticism, but have actively participated in it, can contribute to threatening public health and inciting unnecessary and future harm.”

According to the human rights expert who reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council In Geneva, Roma suffered physical attacks because “hatred, bigotry and intolerance towards minorities has become almost normal, and even politicized, in some countries.”

in a 2020 report With regard to hate speech, social media and minorities, Mr. de Varennes warned that Europe has witnessed incidents in which the hatred of far-right groups against Roma posted on social media has led to violence and killings.

Enhanced measures are required

The independent human rights expert urged states to strengthen measures to combat prejudice, hate speech and discrimination against Roma together, and to effectively monitor these measures.

He also called on states, civil society organizations and Roma minorities to “participate in this year’s regional forums that focus on minorities and conflict prevention.”

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