The Commission against Antiziganism was a committee appointed by the Swedish Government. The Commission was to supplement and reinforce society’s initiatives against antiziganism. The Commission had an operational remit to directly counter antiziganism, and a remit to produce proposals for measures against antiziganism. In june 2016 it delivered its final report to the Swedish Government.
The Commission consisted of eight members, one special advisor and chair Thomas Hammarberg.
The Commission’s tasks included:
- gathering knowledge on antiziganism and, in consultation with the actors involved, helping to spread existing knowledge and increase its impact,
- identifying and passing on good examples of measures and methods to counter and prevent antiziganism,
- participating in public debate and in education and information activities of various kinds,
- reaching an opinion on which initiatives the Commission can carry out or contribute towards to counter antiziganism in the public sector and in schools, and
- monitoring developments and summarising the studies and measures that have been performed by different actors regarding the issue of registration of Roma on ethnic grounds.
The Commission against Antiziganism was established in conjunction with the submission of the Government’s White Paper on abuses and rights violations against Roma in the twentieth century in March 2014. The Commission was also asked to produce a version of the White Paper for schools. This book was geared towards secondary school students.