A new report says that Roma people “are still denied basic human rights and suffer blatant racism” in many member states.
It goes on to claim that they remain “far behind others” in education, employment, access to decent housing and health.
Their average life span is shorter and infant mortality rates are higher compared to other groups, said the Council of Europe report.
The report is the first comprehensive overview of the human rights situation of Roma and Travellers in all 47 member states covered by the Council of Europe.
The Strasbourg-based organisation says that Roma and related minority communities constitute Europe’s largest and “most vulnerable” minority.
The report, “Human rights of Roma and travellers in Europe”, was published at a news conference in Brussels on Monday.