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minority rights

Roma discrimination to be studied

Published måndag 31 januari 2011 kl 11.11
Rosita Grönfors. Photo: Jorma Ikäheimo/Sveriges Radio Sisuradio

The Swedish government is to document crimes committed against the Roma in Sweden, but the plans have not been welcomed by all.

"We have enough problems as it is today", says Roma women's group leader Rosita Grönfors to news agency TT.

The government wants to create a so-called "white book", which will include wrongs such as enforced sterilisation and the denial of the right to vote, and will also identify the organisations and parts of society responsible. However, as many of the wrongdoings happened years ago, the chances of anyone facing justice for the possible crimes are small.

Rosita Grönfors, from the International Roma and Travellers women's forum says that looking into history will not help the Roma of today though. Speaking to TT, she says she wants the government to worry about the Romas facing discrimination in Sweden now.

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