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The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe visits the Fundación Secretariado Gitano to evaluate the situation of Roma in Spain [editar]



Thomas Hammarberg, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, visited Spain on 4-6 April with a particular focus on the situation of Roma. The objective of the visit was to evaluate the situation of Spanish and foreign Roma, to identify good practices as well as possible shortcomings.

The Commissioner met with relevant interlocutors from the Government and national authorities as well as from civil society, including Isidro Rodríguez, Director of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG), Álvaro-Gil Robles, Honorary President of the FSG and former Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, and José Manuel Fresno, President of the Council for Equal Treatment and Non-Discrimination on Grounds of Race and Ethnicity.

The Commissioner manifested a particular interest in the Acceder programme as well as for the new educational programme Promociona, developed by the FSG and the awareness-raising campaign ‘Roma with studies, Roma with a future’.  In addition to these meetings, the Commissioner undertook a series of visits of Roma settlements and observed experiences in Madrid that could illustrate good and bad practices. The Commissioner also expressed his preoccupation with anti-gypsyism and welcomed the sustained work of the FSG to improve the treatment of Roma in Spanish media.

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