Romania. Reported initiative of a wall around a Roma neighborhood strongly criticized
By Rajan Zed
president of Universal Society of Hinduism
The reported initiative of erection of a wall around a Roma (Gypsy) neighborhood in northern Romania, is a clear sign of apartheid.
The erection of this concrete wall in Baia Mare town is an attempt at ghettoization, humiliation, degrading and segregation of Roma. This is clearly racism, separating Roma from the rest of the population.
Could this be 21st century Europe? The conditions of Roma in Romania have most of the signs of apartheid and Romania should urgently do something of substance to stop their maltreatment. According to reports, between 1.8 and 2.5 million Roma live in Romania and about 75 per cent live in poverty.
In its annual “Human Rights Report” about Romania issued in the recent past, US Department of State said: “Roma faced persistent poverty and had poor access to government services, few employment opportunities, high rates of school attrition, inadequate health care, and pervasive discrimination.”
It is now time for European Union to urgently intervene in Romania and do something “concrete and real” to improve the situation of European Roma.
Europe’s most persecuted and discriminated community, Roma reportedly regularly encountered social exclusion, racism, substandard education, hostility, joblessness, rampant illness, inadequate housing, lower life expectancy, unrest, stereotypes, mistrust, rights violations, discrimination, marginalization, appalling living conditions, prejudice, human rights abuse, to name merely a few of their horrific treatments.
July 3, 2011
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