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United Nations to Consider Problems of Ukrainian Roma

On Friday, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will consider the situation in Ukraine on the observance of the rights of Roma, informs the press service of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC). Information on �the critical situation connected with the infringement of the rights of the Roma people in Ukraine� was handed in by the European Roma Rights Centre.

The ERRC was attracting the attention of the UN on the �the quantity of problems in the legislation, with the politicians and in practice� in Ukraine concerning the rights of Roma, was told by �Interfax-Ukraine�.

The materials, handed over by the ERRC, contain �evidence of racial discrimination of Roma people in different sectors of public life�. In particular, this can be seen by the possibilities to access �social services, work security and education� and also by �the absence of tolerance and by the animosities kindled by mass media�. The �absence of any clear antidiscrimination legislation in Ukraine makes it actually impossible for victims of cases of discrimination to use any law to behold justice�, commented the ERRC.

At the same time, as the ERRC informs, the Ukrainian government handed over the UN committee their official report in which it was underlined that �charges concerning oppressions of Roma in their civil rights are practically groundless�. It is also stated in the report that in many cases Roma people do not observe the basic norms of behavior and break the laws of public order. In particular, Roma parents �do not even try to give their children education, even the fundamental one�, was stated in the document.

The question on the observation of the rights of the Roma people in Ukraine was already considered within the United Nations in 2001. �Concern of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination after the hearings about the conditions of the life of Roma people in Ukraine were ignored or did not have any effect during the last five last years�, was stated by the press-service ETSPR in their communiqu?.

As the deputy-director of the European Roma Rights Center Claude Kan earlier reported, there are 46 thousand Roma people in Ukraine according to official statistics, and from 200,000 up to 300,000 Roma according to informal ones.

Overall, there are 130 nationalities living in Ukraine.

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