Government urged to campaign for Traveller rights during EU presidency

Amnesty International is today urging the Government to address discrimination faced by Travellers issues during its term as President of the European Council.

The group will today present their EU Presidency recommendations to the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.

The submission outlines a number of issues that the humanitarian organisation is calling on the Government to address during its term as president.

Director at Amnesty International, Colm O'Gorman, said that Europe needs to address the rights of Travellers.

"Right across Europe, Roma Travellers are discriminated against in all walks of life," he said.

"They lack proper housing, access to education, and they're often cut out of the labour market, often because of the kinds of levels of discrimination that they experience, particularly in the area of education.

"We'd like Ireland to co-ordinate the work of EU member states in developing national Roma integration strategies that have a real impact."

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