Declaration against anti-Gypsyism
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.
Find a constantly updated list of signatories here:
The Declaration is currently available in 23 languages: