A Truth Commission for Roma in Sweden

Roma in Sweden have been subjected to gross violations of human rights, as in many other parts of the world. The group has been persecuted and discriminated. Not long ago Roma women were subjected to forced sterilizations.

In February 2007 the Delegation for Roma Issues was established by the government in order to promote the rights of Roma and to break the cultural, political and social marginalization of Roma. The work of the Delegation resulted in the publication Roma rights – a strategy for Roma in Sweden (SOU 2010:55) where the Delegation presents a strategy how to repair the trust between Roma and the mainstream society, how to empower Roma and how to bridge the welfare gap between Roma and other groups. One of the recommendations is to establish a truth commission to investigate the treatment of Roma in Sweden during the 20th century.

Maria Leissner, chairperson of the Delegation for Roma Issues and Democracy Ambassador, presents the publication and discusses some of the recommendations.

The seminar was broadcasted live; you could  ask questions to Maria Leissner via the chat. If you missed the seminar you can watch it and download it to your computer via the link. Click here. Please note that the seminar will be in Swedish.

There is a shorter interview with Maria Leissner in English, to watch it please click here


Date: Wednesday 27 October
Time: 9.00-10.00, coffee/tea and sandwich served from 8.30
Place: Stora Nygatan 26, Stockholm

Sign up no later than October 25 via anmalan@civilrightsdefenders.org or call 08-545 277 30.

Categories: Uncategorized.
Tags: Delegation for Roma Issues, Maria Leissner, and Roma.
Regions: Sweden.