Gypsies, Roma and nomadic peoples face a “disproportionate” amount of discrimination in the United Kingdom, following the approval of the third phase of an integration plan for Roma, the Council of Europe’s human rights wing has revealed.
The educational system, the media and even their own legal status are some of the areas in which this segment of the population has been attacked the most. Despite recent changes in the law in its favor, such as the above scheme, the problems remain “persistent”.
Furthermore, the Framework Agreement for the Protection of National Minorities states that other laws such as nationality and borders have raised new concerns, as Gypsies can be deported without prior notice, in violation of human rights law.
Add to this all the recent problems due to the new Police, Crime, Punishment and Courts Act (PCSCA), a law through which nomadic practices are considered trespassing. This is a direct issue against the nomadic and gypsy people, who do not hesitate to take to the streets to protest against the government’s decision, seeing their way of life in danger.
United Kingdom is not clear
The Council of Europe is not only concerned about this problem, but has also addressed others such as Cornish’s integration into national curricula as a minority language, concerns about the racism suffered by Jewish and Muslim peoples, and the strategies of ” is” anti-Gypsyism to counter the “widespread prejudice against this minority” in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
Since 2017, the United Kingdom has not ruled on the matter, something that is shocking considering it is one of the founding countries of the Council of Europe and has ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Despite this, he has not yet given a verdict on this matter.