USA: We cannot ignore the discrimination of Romani people
On the occasion of International Romani Day this 8 April 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry sent greetings from President Obama and the people of the United States of America to the Romani people. International Romani Day celebrates the diversity of Romani culture.
Kerry emphasized that we should reflect on the obstacles preventing millions of Romani people from realizing their potential. “Romani people continue to face extensive discrimination in access to education, employment, health care and housing. In recent years, the global economic crisis has slowed progress on resolving these problems and led to an even more alarming rise in anti-Romani rhetoric. The evictions of entire Romani communities and families from neighborhoods, or the segregation of Romani villages are living illustrations of the exclusion and isolation of Romani people. We cannot ignore these deeply disturbing developments,” Kerry said.
Kerry also confirmed that the United States is determined to achieve equality, equal opportunity and inclusion for all Romani people by working together with civil society and European governments, as well as through international organizations such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
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