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Racism in the government of an EU Member State

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and ZARA - Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit as members of the Racism and Xenophobia Information Network (RAXEN) would like to support the Rumanian NGOs in their fight against racism targeted at Roma.

We strongly oppose the racist statement by Teodor Baconschi, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, stating that "we have some natural, physiological problems of criminality within some of the Romanian communities, especially among the communities of the Romanian citizens of Roma ethnicity".

We agree with the Romanian NGOs demanding the Minister to step down. For details see the Letter of Protest by the Rumanian NGOs.