Strasbourg 8 October 2013: Mr Rudko Kawczynski, President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), met with Mr Jean-Claude Mignon, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), at the Council's headquarters in Strasbourg. Mr Jean-Claude Mignon is also a member of the French National Assembly.
The increasing anti-Gypsyism in the member states, the ERTF Charter on the Rights of the Roma, the security of Roma and the establishment of an International Remembrance day for the Pharrajimos were the main topics of the discussion.
Mr Kawczynski said that one of the suitable solutions for the Roma issues would be establishing a Charter for the Rights of the Roma. Such a charter would improve the legal situation of Roma and would contribute towards obtaining specific rights adjusted to their situation, ensure cultural existence and create a political influence. Above all the Charter would prevent discrimination and segregation.