International Roma Congress opens in Prague

25-07-2000

Delegates from Roma communities all over the world have come together in Prague for the 5th International Roma Congress, which opened in the Czech capital on Tuesday. Top of the agenda will be the plight of the Roma population in Kosovo, which have in recent years been targetted for discrimination by both the ethnic Albanians and the Serb community. Radio Prague's Peter Smith went along to the opening ceremony.

A Roma band plays to the assembled delegates and guests from all across the world before start of the 5th International Roma Congress. The situation of Roma in this country has been brought very much into focus since the collapse of communism in 1989, but as Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Palous explained, Prague feels honoured to hold the first Roma congress in a decade.