Press release - 551(2009)

“States should put an end to Roma statelessness” says Commissioner Hammarberg

Strasbourg, 06.07.2009 - “States should employ all possible means to end the statelessness of Roma and provide them with a nationality” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing his Viewpoint today.

“There are Roma in a number of European countries who have no nationality and live outside social protection. They face a double jeopardy as being stateless makes life even harder for those who are already stigmatized and facing a plethora of serious, discrimination-related problems. For those who happen to be migrants as well, their situation is even worse.“

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