Produced by the by the civic organisation “Desyate Kvitnya” (10th April), European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) this new report focuses on the the nexus between statelessness, discrimination and marginalisation of Romani people in Ukraine.
The report is the result of the #RomaBelong joint initiative that aims to better understand and address Romani statelessness (and risk of statelessness) in European Union candidate and neighbourhood countries in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), and Ukraine. The research was carried out 2016 – 2017 and involved extended interviews with Roma, government officials, activists, NGOs, and UN agencies.
Discrimination is both a cause and a consequence of statelessness amongst Roma in Ukraine. This is further exacerbated by local authorities sometimes not seeing statelessness as a major issue facing Roma. In the context of rising violence against Roma by far-right organisations, Ukrainian authorities must make a firm commitment to solving the problems faced by Romani people in regards to discrimination, poverty and statelessness.