Nevada (US), November 3 (ANI): Oscar nominated Ethan Hawke (Training Day) has been lauded by Hindus for supporting Roma cause in Romania.
Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that with celebrities like Hawke and Golden Globe winner Madonna (Evita) highlighting the Roma maltreatment in Europe, it would find an early solution.
Hawke was reportedly in Romania on October 31 to promote his mother's charity supporting education for Roma children, for which he had been going to Romania since 2000.
Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that alarming condition of Roma people was a social blight for Europe and the rest of the world as they reportedly regularly faced social exclusion, racism, substandard education, hostility, joblessness, rampant illness, inadequate housing, lower life expectancy, unrest, living on desperate margins, language barriers, stereotypes, mistrust, rights violations, discrimination, marginalization, appalling living conditions, prejudice, human rights abuse, racist slogans on Internet, etc.
According to a recent report of European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, one in two Roma considered that they had been discriminated against, at least once, in the previous 12 months.
Hindu statesman urged other Hollywood and entertainment celebrities of the world not to stay apathetic and silent spectators and use their status to highlight the apartheid conditions faced by about 15-million Roma people of Europe.
Ethan Green Hawke, 38, is an American film actor-writer-director. Roma are believed to have their roots in the Indian subcontinent. (ANI)