UN experts call for strong government response to anti-Roma violence in Europe

Two United Nations human rights experts today expressed grave concern over the recent rise in anti-Roma sentiment and violent incidents in several European countries, calling for a stronger response from governments.

UNICEF chief spotlights plight of Roma children during visit to Albania

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has highlighted the plight of Albania’s Roma children, especially the poor rates of school enrolment among the minority community, during a two-day visit to the South-Eastern European country.

Governments must do more to ensure housing rights for Roma – UN expert

An independent United Nations rights expert has urged European countries to ensure the right to adequate housing for Roma, as more and more of them have been forcibly evicted from their homes and are facing growing discrimination.

Balkan countries must do more to help Roma, refugees and displaced people – UN report

Balkan countries aspiring to join the European Union (EU) must do more to help Roma, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), but assistance must target the whole community or risk isolating these impoverished and marginalized groups further, according to a new United Nations report.

European Roma live in abject conditions far behind general population – UN

The Roma people in Central and southeastern Europe suffer from "abject living conditions," falling far behind majority populations on measures such as unemployment, housing, school enrolment, literacy, access to essential drugs, running water and modern communications, according to a new United Nations survey.

Living standards for Europe's Roma comparable to sub-Saharan Africa, UN reports

The literacy, infant mortality and basic nutrition rates of most of the four to five million Roma in Europe are closer to levels in sub-Saharan Africa than those for other Europeans, according to a new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today in Brussels.