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GIVE OUR CHILDREN BACK: The Fight Against the Illegal Removal of Roma Children

The illegal removal of Roma children from their families is a grave violation of human rights that demands urgent attention. Across Europe, including countries like Romania, Sweden, and the UK, Roma families face the traumatic experience of having their children taken from them, often without just cause or due process.

This issue strikes at the heart of the Roma community, threatening not only the well-being of individual families but also the very fabric of Roma culture, language, and heritage. By forcibly separating children from their families, authorities are attempting to erase an integral part of Roma identity, history, and future.

In Romania, a recent law has provided social services with broad powers to remove children from families based on vague criteria, including preexisting conditions such as poverty or housing instability. This has led to a wave of unjust removals, tearing families apart and causing immeasurable harm.

Similarly, in Sweden, Roma families have faced frequent instances of their children being taken into care, often under dubious circumstances. This pattern of removals is not isolated but part of a broader agenda to assimilate Roma communities into the mainstream, erasing their unique identity and history.

The situation in the UK is no less concerning, with reports of Roma children being removed from their families by local councils. These actions not only violate the rights of Roma families but also perpetuate harmful stereotypes and discrimination against the Roma community.

We must stand together to demand justice for Roma families. The United Nations Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights must launch thorough investigations into these illegal removals and take immediate action to protect Roma families and their children.

It is time to give our children back, to reunite families, and to respect the rights and dignity of the Roma people. Together, we can raise awareness, advocate for change, and ensure that every child has the right to grow up in a loving and supportive family environment, free from discrimination and injustice.

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