Once again this year, Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) presents its Annual Report “Discrimination and the Roma Community”, to shine a light on discrimination and violations of the right to equal treatment that Roma people in our country still face. This 17th edition documents the cases we have handled in 2020, a particularly special year given the COVID-19 pandemic that has not failed to touch the lives of anyone across the globe. Sadly, COVID-19 has been yet another pretext for growing antigypsyist discourse, linking Roma people to transmission of the virus and breaking health measures, which has whipped up hate and discrimination.
Likewise, the state of emergency and the pandemic itself have dictated how discrimination has played out, causing a rise in cases by the police and in access to goods and services. It is for this reason that we have dedicated our in-depth study in this year’s annual report to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the rise in discriminatory attitudes towards Roma people, and most importantly, the personal and collective impact of these actions on Roma families.