The Roma and Human Rights: Challenges and Goals in 2014 – Lessons from the Past, Eyes to the Future

May 19, 2014 // 3:00pm4:30pm

This is one in a series of events sponsored in collaboration with the Ratiu Family Foundation.

The Roma have been persecuted ever since their arrival from the Indian subcontinent to Europe in the 14th Century. They have survived slavery, pogroms, the extermination camps of the Holocaust, and forced assimilation under Communism. Pervasive discrimination continues towards the Roma today in the form of school segregation, lack of political representation, deportation, poverty, unemployment and the kidnapping of Roma children. Why does a people so resilient still have to endure widespread exclusion, racism and discrimination? Experts from the fields of sociology, law, politics, and history will discuss the future of the Roma, including the prospect for Roma integration in Europe and the remaining challenges for granting the Roma population full human rights. They will also address the issue of Roma rights at the local, national, EU, and international levels.



6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Cristina Bejan // East European Studies Title VIII Scholar
    Visiting Scholar, Duke University
  • Angela Kocze // Ion Ratiu Scholar
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, American University
  • Program Manager, Central and Eastern Europe, National Democratic Institute
  • Special Counsel, Mayer Brown, and Former Ambassador of the U.S. to Romania
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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant

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