The "Alliance" fights discrimination of Roma on the local and regional level, promotes their inclusion and raises awarenss among local and regional authorities of these communities.

The Alliance operates under the auspices of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

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130 cities and regions from 29 countries

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Mr Tobias Mayr
Alliance Task Force
alliance@coe.int
+ 33 (0) 3 88 41 3228

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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.

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Declaration against anti-Gypsyism

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The Declaration is a landmark document to fight anti-Gypsyism at local and regional levels. Initiated by Mr Valeriu Nicolae, former Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues, and Mr John Warmisham, Rapporteur for Roma and Traveller Issues of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, it gives local and regional authorities the possibility to clearly position themselves in the fight against anti-Gypsyism.

By signing signatories express their will to reject all forms of discrimination, violence or incitement to hate speech against Roma in their municipalities or regions. They refuse to display, publish or distribute in any way views and positions that could stir or incite anti-Roma sentiments. They declare to refrain from any political alliance building or co-operation with political parties that incite racial or ethnic prejudices. Rather they encourage members of the Roma and Travellers communities to become themselves active in the political representation, as representation of ethnic minority groups is an integral part of the democratic process.

The Declaration was endorsed by the Congress during the 32nd Congress Session in March 2017. So far around 100 municipalities and regions from 32 member states have signed the Declaration.

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The Declaration is currently available in 23 languages: