Roma rights are violated every day in Europe. Roma workers are refused jobs, their children are refused places in schools. Roma communities are often considered as marginal and traditional, giving to the word "tradition" a negative sense, and meaning they are more likely to suffer social exclusion.
Apart from the fact that nobody should be ashamed of his/her ethnic origin, Roma can be considered as the first European people, since they "broke" European borders much before any international treaty or Convention existed. They travelled all around Europe enriching their culture with the culture of the visited countries, as well as enriching European cultural heritage with their own contribution.
CoE projects and entities focusing on Roma-related issues
Council of Europe SRSG Roma Portal http://hub.coe.int/web/coe-portal/roma
Council of Europe Roma-related adopted texts (CM, PACE, and Congress Rec and Res; ECRI General Policy Rec,; Strasbourg Declaration; Summit of Mayors Declaration, etc.): http://hub.coe.int/web/coe-portal/roma_reference-texts
Strasbourg Declaration on Roma webpage http://hub.coe.int/web/coe-portal/event-files/our-events/council-of-euro...?
Congress Summit of Mayors on Roma webpage http://www.coe.int/t/congress/Sessions/20110922-Roma-Summit/default_en.asp
European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion http://www.roma-alliance.org/en/
Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM) and its thematic reports http://hub.coe.int/web/coe-portal/cahrom1
European online database of Roma-related good practices http://goodpracticeroma.ppa.coe.int/
Dosta! campaign for combating stereotypes and prejudice towards Roma http://www.dosta.org/
No hate speech movement and campaign http://www.nohatespeechmovement.org/
Speak out against discrimination campaign http://www.coe.int/t/DG4/ANTI-DISCRIMINATION-CAMPAIGN/
Joint CoE/EU Training Programme for Roma Mediators (ROMED) http://coe-romed.org/
Joint CoE/EU programme for strengthening local and regional authorities’s capacity for Roma inclusion (ROMACT) http://coe-romact.org
European Social Charter and Roma Rights http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/socialcharter/Theme%20factsheets/Ro...
Commissioner for Human Rights http://www.coe.int/en/web/commissioner/home
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/ecri/default_en.asp
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/minorities/default_en.asp
European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/minlang/default_en.asp
Language Policy Division Initiatives for the Teaching and Learning of Romani http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/romani_EN.asp
Education of Roma children http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/roma/default_EN.asp?
Roma history factsheets http://romafacts.uni-graz.at/
Teaching Roma genocide joint CoE/OSCE-ODIHR website http://www.opusidea.eu/trr/index.php?PHPSESSID=16b6f9ddbacc2f4b2686f0580...
Roma Youth Action Plan http://enter.coe.int/roma
Roma women http://hub.coe.int/en/roma-women
European Route of Roma culture and heritage http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/cultureheritage/culture/routes/roma_EN.asp?