Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee

Romani Rights

Originating in the Rajasthan region of India, the Romani people experienced a diaspora throughout Europe, especially in South-Eastern Europe and the Levant region. Due to their history of constant migration, they faced challenges in establishing a profound identity across their places of refuge. Consequently, the Roma people have encountered human rights challenges as they have been subjected to over a thousand years of continuous discrimination. Romani children and adults have faced education and employment issues as they would be excluded from certain school or work environments. Furthermore, nearly half of Romani living in a region and Roma travelers from different regions have experienced hate-motivated harassment from the public. The Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee will focus on finding mediation between countries and the Romani people. Delegates will discuss a myriad of topics including, but not limited to, human rights and the influences that cultures can have on one another.  Delegates, how can you best help a people fighting for equal representation? 

**While the Romani people are commonly referred to as "Gypsies", "Gadze", and "Gaje", it is a racial slur that originated when Europeans mistook the Romani for Egyptians. We should only use these terms to identify them and provide context. We would like to remind delegates that there is no room for disrespect in VRMUN. With that said, we caution delegates in their research. Some articles may not only be biased but the Romani do go by several names depending on the region.**


Shannon Clarke

Andrea Escobar

Elizabeth Galstyan

David Aldana

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