The report details the rise in use of anti-Roma rhetoric,
associating Roma with crime and trafficking over recent months.
At the same time, there has been a toughening of security policies
and measures directly targeting the Roma, such as the dismantling
of their settlements and waves of repatriation of Roma migrants
to their countries of origin.
Faced with a surge in criminality, authorities in many Council
of Europe member states feel obliged to strengthen policies aimed
at protecting public order and personal security of all people within
their territory. The report stresses, however, that a clear distinction
must be made in political discourse between individuals who have
committed crimes and entire groups of people, such as Roma or any
other minority or migrant group. Politicians have a special responsibility
to eliminate negative stereotyping or stigmatising of any minority
or migrant group from political discourse. They should promote a
message of non-discrimination, tolerance and respect for people
from different backgrounds.
The Political Affairs Committee welcomes and supports the
Secretary General’s initiative to convene a high-level meeting to
agree measures to improve the situation of Roma throughout Europe
and invites him to inform the Parliamentary Assembly about the outcome
of it at the earliest opportunity. It proposes to continue to monitor
carefully the situation of Roma in Europe, in the light also of
the outcome of this event.