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Roma children stand outside their shelters in an illegal camp in Lille, northern France, on International Roma Day April 8, 2013. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Roma children stand outside their shelters in an illegal camp in Lille, northern France, on International Roma Day April 8, 2013. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) urged on April 23 its member states to take concrete measures to end discrimination against Roma children, adopting a text proposed by the rapporteur Nursuna Memecan, a deputy of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Memecan’s text stressed that these efforts should be aimed at improving the material living conditions of Roma families through investment in housing, sanitation and job creation, and at changing stereotyped and discriminatory attitudes towards Roma.

The ultimate objective should be ensuring that Roma “children are given the same opportunities as any other children, and supporting their ability to make decisions freely about their future,” said the text adopted by the PACE.

The text said that around 50 percent of the Roma population in Europe, about 5 to 6 million people, was under 18.

The text also urged politicians and public opinion leaders to act responsibly to address the root cause of discrimination. “They have an important role to play in reversing stereotyping and discriminatory attitudes towards Roma,” it said.

April/26/2013

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mara mcglothin

4/29/2013 11:01:34 PM

JOHN I know many turks who live and work and are part of the "German way of life" It is Turks who don't prefer to have German friends and partake of the many pleasures available to them in Germany. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. I also know many Turks in the USA who call themselves integrated, BUT after 20 years in the USA they don't even have one friend who is not Turkish. We could care less in America, but don't get it twisted.

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

4/29/2013 9:28:36 PM

john albay, when looking at German crime statistics, you WILL find more ammunition for prejudice against Turks than Roma (and a lot more against Lebanese than Turks). Yes, there might be plenty of social reasons for it, perhaps I'm even aware of them, but … … … since YOU aren't willing to perform similar considerations about Roma, why do you expect something else from the racist part of Germany?

john albay

4/29/2013 3:22:06 PM

@hans Joachim,what has your last post got to do with the subject we are talking about? We are talking about the gypsy problems! Just because you are anti Turkish does not mean you can always make a evil remark about Turkey and it people. Perhaps if you germans would treat Turkish people with respect you would have less problem,try intergating Turkish people instead of closing them out of the german way of life! There are good and bad people everywhere in the world!!!

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

4/29/2013 8:11:47 AM

john albay, Turkish kids show more threatening crime rates than Roma kids in Germany.

john albay

4/28/2013 2:17:17 PM

@hans joachim,why do the countries you have written about dont like the gypsies.?If that question could be answered then the goverments could start to change the mind set of the people.Perhaps the starting point could be with the parents of these poor children who mistreat and mis use the children for their dirty business.It is a never ending circle,these children grow up to be like their parents and then mistreat their children.The crime rate of the gypsies are also very high,this must change.

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

4/27/2013 12:23:40 AM

mara mcglothin, best start would be, that those kids are allowed to visit a normal school at all. In Bulgaria, 2/3 of them aren't allowed to, similar problems exist in Hungary and Romania. We have been blind to allow countries with that level of minority protection into the EU. They passed judicial reform packages, but never executed them.

mara mcglothin

4/26/2013 3:37:31 PM

A gd start would be to making sure these children are enrolled in school, and picking up any children observed in public during school hours. Then they could move on to public streets and restaurants at night where children are forced to sell small items to make a buck while their parents wait across the street. This was novel to me when I first came to Turkey, but i soon realized that the kids who were cute at 7pm, were pathetic when sent around at midnight. Very sad.
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