Antigypsyism in public discourses and election campaigns

Edited and published by the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma with case studies from around Europe by various authors

Roma and Sinti in Europe are frequently targeted by racism, hate speech, and incitement, in particular during election campaigns. Politicians and political parties not only from far-right but also from mainstream political parties often draw on resentment and prejudice against Roma and Sinti. They do so in order to win votes through populist strategies and the scapegoating of minorities. The steady repetition of racist public discourse during election campaigns maintains a high level of stigmatization, racism, antigypsyism, antisemitism, islamophobia, and hate speech within politics, media, and society. Therefore, the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma urges politicians and institutions to strengthen their political commitment to sanction any form of hate speech, racism and antigypsyism in the public discourse. 

This publication aims to present examples of hate speech, racism, and incitement against Roma and Sinti in public discourses and election campaigns with case studies from Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria and Czech Republic. The publication intents to encourage debate on the need of political commitment and the use of existing legal and political tools in order to sanction racism, hate speech, and incitement in the European Union Europe and in Member States´ election campaigns.

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Ognyan Isaev: Antigypsyism in Bulgarian election campaigns: a case study

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