In this podcast, Valeriu Nicolae, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Roma Issues, outlines why he attaches such importance to speaking out on the issue of violence against women within Roma communities.
Speaking on 12 December, at the start of a two-day conference to discuss violence against women and chimldren, early, child or forced marriage and human trafficking, as they affect Roma people, Nicolae said these concerns “needed to be addressed” but admitted that they might have been avoided out of “a lack of expertise” or “cowardice.”
“This is not dirty linen. These are human rights abuses. I will always stand up against a violation of human rights.”