ERTF President Rudko Kawczynski
ERTF President Rudko Kawczynski

Video: Rudko Kawczynski challenges Europe over ‘Roma panic’

In this video, Rudko Kawczynski, reviews current European policies towards Roma people.

The President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum argues forcefully for Romani language rights and questions the ‘panic’ over the removal of travel restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians.

Kawczynski also challenges European leaders and institutions to tackle rising anti-gipsyism through a political settlement .

“What we need is a political solution and we want to be involved,” he adds. “A growing part of our population is becoming nomads, nobodies, non-registered people without education who are living on the streets.

“We are shifting more and more to a system which is comparable to the apartheid system in South Africa.”


The Council of Europe entered into a partnership agreement with the European Roma and Travellers Forum in 2004.

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