Motion ref. S6M-03204
Reaffirming Support for Roma and Gypsy/Traveller Communities
Submitted by: David Torrance, Kirkcaldy, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Submitting member has a registered interest.
Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Alasdair Allan, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Jackie Dunbar, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Jenni Minto, Paul O'Kane, Mark Ruskell, Paul Sweeney, Evelyn Tweed, Mercedes Villalba, Elena Whitham
That the Parliament condemns the recent comments made by Jimmy Carr in a Netflix special about the genocide of Roma and Gypsy people during the Holocaust; acknowledges what it sees as the distressing impact that such comments have had on the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community; understands that over half a million Roma and Sinti people were tortured, starved and subjected to forced labour and medical experimentation under the Nazi regime; believes that such comments perpetuate the racism and prejudice that, it considers, is experienced by Roma and Gypsy/Traveller communities in all aspects of daily life; understands that 44% of respondents surveyed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2018 reportedly expressed openly negative attitudes towards Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, which, it understands, was the highest percentage of any protected characteristic group; values what it sees as the contribution that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities have made, and continue to make, to Scottish life, and reaffirms what it sees as its commitment to actively challenge any form of racism or prejudice.