Traveller Ethnic Discrimination Condemned by UK Government

New evidence of discrimination against the Traveller community has been reported by the BBC which cites condemnation of the practice by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

A spokesperson for Johnson said it was:

‘Completely unacceptable to discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity’

Here’s the BBC report which highlights a crude Irish names blacklist operated by a resorts company ‘Pontins’:

The company involved Pontins has agreed to change its working practices after disclosure it had a list of Irish surnames it used to screen out bookings for its holiday parks from Gypsies and Travellers.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigated after being contacted by a whistleblower.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said such discrimination was “completely unacceptable”.

Pontins said it had agreed with EHRC change in its working practices.

Full link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56246848

Its appalling that almost eighty years after the Roma community were persecuted in the Holacaust that this sort of ethnic discrimination is prevalent.

Celtic League have been consistent advocates for the rights of the Roma and Traveller community. We highlighted persecution of them thirty years ago in our report ‘Human Rights on the Celtic Fringe’. We have also criticised the British and Irish government over their policy towards Traveller peoples and raised the issue with the European Union.

Related links:

https://www.celticleague.net/…/eu-commissioner-shares…/

https://www.celticleague.net/…/

racist-attacks-on…/

https://www.celticleague.net/…/wales-traveller…/

https://www.celticleague.net/…/base-that-trains-saudi…/

https://www.irishcentral.com/…/pontins-blacklists-irish…

Bernard Moffatt

Assistant General Secretary Celtic League (11th March 2021)

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