Underreported: Increasing Violence Against the Roma

Thursday, June 11, 2009

On this week’s first Underreported, we look at why the economic downturn has resulted in an increase in violence against Europe’s Roma, particularly in Italy, where the government has passed more restrictive policies regarding the Roma. Joining us to describe the violence against Roma communities are Isabela Minalache, senior program manager for Roma Initiatives at the Open Society Institute, and James Goldston, an expert on Roma issues and the executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative.


James Goldston and Isabela Minalache,

Comments [6]

Les from NYC

Please read this:

Jun. 12 2009 04:15 PM
Jennifer from NYC

To Andrea,

Your stereotypical ideas about the Roma is one of the misconceptions that makes persecution possible. The view of all Roma as criminals is racist in addition to being nothing but stereotype. Could you get away with saying it about any other group? The fact that you can get away with saying it about the Roma is just more evidence about how this group is persecuted--government sanctioned violence against any group is not okay.

Jenny (who has distant Roma ancestry in the interest of full disclosure, though I would never be recognized as Rom)

Jun. 11 2009 01:48 PM
Peter from Sunset Park

I spent several weeks in Italy last summer and realized that almost everybody in Italy is Italian, or at least, it seems this way. You can tell who lives in Italy by the fact that there is very, very little foreign food. Italy is one of the most insular countries in Europe.

Jun. 11 2009 01:43 PM
Audrey from NJ

Please see this:

Jun. 11 2009 01:43 PM
Andrea from NYC

I'm afraid your segment while giving a blank condemnation of Italy, completely ignores the fact that gipsies/romas essentially make their living through crime. This is clearly observable, and it has been so for as long as I have been alive.

While the attack against the camps was despicable, how about we try try for a balanced report?

Jun. 11 2009 01:38 PM
Gabrielle from Brooklyn

thanks for this segment!

Jun. 11 2009 09:22 AM

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