Instead of using the word "Gypsy", the use of Rom (Roma in plural), Romany, or the double "r" spelling, is nowadays preferred in official communications and legal documents. In response to the recommendations put forth by Roma associations, the Council of Europe has approved the use of Rroma or Gypsies in its official documents (CLRAE Recommendation 11 - June 1995). The trend is to eliminate the use of derogatory, pejorative and offensive names, such as Gypsies, and to be given proper respect by the use of the self-appellation of Roma, or Rroma.
States should consider, if they have not already done so, adopting legislation which declares discrimination illegal. Such legislation must be enforced by the judicial and the executive branches. This is important, not least because law and its enforcement are powerful tools of education. Model legislation against racial discrimination, which has been prepared recently by the United Nations, may also be a useful tool in this connection.