Gypsies and Travellers: Britain’s Forgotten Minority Sarah Spencer


This opinion, drawn from a public lecture under the auspices of the British Institute of Human Rights, comprehensively outlines the practical problems facing the Gypsy and Traveller community, little understood or reflected in the tabloid press. The author depicts the Race Relations Act and in a more significant respect the Human Rights Act as sources of optimism in challenging the inequality this minority experiences. She concludes by calling for local authorities to provide suitable legal sites for such communities and for the Press Complaints Commission to take action to curb reporting which fuels community tensions, helping to promote a society in which every individual can be respected as unique.