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The position of Roma people in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:8AM
Ivana Setic, Press TV, Sarajevo
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In Europe, Roma people-an ethnic group with origins from northern India-- makes about 5 percent of the total population, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, around a hundred thousand of Roma people live.

They live in hard conditions and have minimum rights.

Roma people have their own day, International Roma Day which is celebrated around the world in order to draw public attention and stress out the importance of inclusion of Roma children into the education system and in general the inclusion of Roma in social, political and economic life of the community.

In Europe today there are about 10 million members of the Roma community. In all countries of the Western Balkans Roma people are still one of the most vulnerable social groups who are systematically being discriminated against. They are denied of their basic rights and have been living in poverty and social exclusion.

According to information of Roma NGOs, there are between 80 and 100 thousands Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina, whereas international organizations have information it is between 40 and 60 thousand.

In 2009 and 2010, 3 million euros was allocated to improve the social status of Roma, and the best results were obtained in solving the problems related to accommodation of the Roma population.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is working hard to build a multi ethnic and democratic state, respecting the human rights of all its citizens and minorities, including Roma as the largest and most vulnerable ethnic minority.

This is a big problem because over 95% of Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina do not have regular monthly earnings, over 50% do not have health insurance and over 60% live in inadequate conditions.

Another major problem is that around 70 percent of Roma children don't go to school. To help Roma people socialize, society needs to help them and give them a chance without any prejudice. Everybody deserves a chance to live in a country where their basic human rights are respected.
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