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The term “Roma and Travellers” is used at the Council of Europe to encompass the wide diversity of the groups covered by the work of the Council of Europe in this field including Roma, Sinti/Manush, Calé, Kaale, Romanichals, Boyash/Rudari, Balkan Egyptians (Egyptians and Ashkali), Eastern groups (Dom, Lom and Abdal), groups such as Travellers, Yenish, and the populations designated under the administrative term “Gens du voyage”, as well as persons who identify themselves as Gypsies.


Racist acts by football supporters against Roma women cannot be accepted, says PACE anti-racism rapporteur

Football federations and clubs concerned are called to condemn disgraceful behaviour


“In recent days, a number of hateful, racist acts have been perpetrated by football supporters in the streets of European cities (Madrid, Barcelona and Rome) against Roma women,” said Milena Santerini, the General Rapporteur against Racism and Intolerance for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “They have been humiliated, taunted and even urinated upon by some supporters, as others watch on, cheering.”

“These acts are demeaning and deny human dignity. They cannot be accepted,” said Ms Santerini.

“I call on the football federations and clubs concerned to condemn in the strongest terms the behaviour of these supporters, which are a disgrace to their sport and their name. I also call on the authorities to investigate as a matter of urgency and prosecute to the full extent of the law any offences committed, and to ensure that any racist motivations are fully taken into account,” Ms Santerini concluded.

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