OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Roma and Sinti
A history of discrimination and persecution has pushed the Roma and Sinti to the margins of society, making them one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged minorities in Europe. Many continue to face widespread racism and discrimination, have limited access to basic rights and services and are not proportionately represented in public and political life. Roma women and girls are often subject to multiple forms of discrimination. The OSCE Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues works with national and local governments, civil society and international organizations to promote equal opportunities for, and the protection of the human rights of all Roma and Sinti.