Roma rights activists cover their faces with enlarged fingerprint copies during a protest in front of the French embassy in Bucharest, Romania, on Monday, September 6, 2010. Up to one hundred Roma gathered to protest against the French authorities’ decision to expel the Roma of Romanian and Bulgarian origin from France to their countries of origin.
The right to participate in public and political affairs is essential for any group seeking to assert themselves in an open society. Roma—Europe’s largest minority—are underrepresented in all aspects of public and political life.
Roma in Political Life examines political participation in Hungary, Romania, France, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic so that Roma can freely exercise their right to participate in public and political life in Europe.