The Human Rights and Roma Minority in European Union: A Socio-Legal Analysis of Discrimination Cases from Romania

By Cristina Otovescu-Frasie and Darina Lepadatu.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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For centuries, the Roma/Gipsy minority represented the outcaste of the European mainstream societies. According to the 2002 Romanian Census, more than 75% of Roma do not hold any educational degree while more than 50% of them are unemployed, and consequently cannot take advantage of the social protection offered by the Romanian government. Analphabetism is rampant among the Roma since only 50% of the Roma children attend school on a regular basis. Despite the adoption of important human rights and anti-discriminatory legislation in European Union and more recently in the new EU member state Romania, the Roma population is still marginalized. Our analysis is based on several case studies that document institutional discrimination against the Roma minority in Romania in the following areas: education, housing, access to health-care and hiring.

Keywords: Human Rights, Roma/Gipsy Population, Discrimination, Institutional Discrimination, Romania

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 7, pp.159-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.182MB).

Cristina Otovescu-Frasie

Lecturer, Faculty of Law and Administrative Sciences, University of Craiova, Craiova, Dolj, Romania

Dr. Cristina Otovescu-Frasie is a specialist in human rights legislation at University of Craiova, Romania. She published extensively in national and international journals on topics related to international law of human rights, discrimination, minorities and social inclusion. She is also the coordinator of Department of Human Rights Studies of Oltenia Social Institute.

Dr. Darina Lepadatu

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Sociology and Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, USA

Dr. Darina Lepadatu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University, located in metropolitan Atlanta, USA. Originally from Romania, her research interests include immigration, diversity, harassment and discrimination. She also serves as a diversity and teamwork consultant for top Japanese auto companies in the US.


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