Consultants in the Field 


Mustafa Asanovksi holds a BA in English language and literature and completed an international programme in conflict analyses, negotiations and conflict Management. He is a human rights activist and has been working on Roma related issues for almost 13 years within grass root NGOs and international organizations. He joined ERRC in 2009 and is currently the ERRC’s country facilitator for Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is based in Skopje.

Aurela Bozo graduated in political science and law from Tirana University. She holds a Master degree in Sociology and is in the process of finalising a Doctorate at Tirana University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. She completed a two-year course at the Training Institute on Women’s Human Rights, from 2007-2009, organised for lawyers by the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Network of East West Women. Aurela also attended a two-month training programme in 2007 in New York, supported by the Third Millennium Foundation. She attended the US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Programme in the USA in May 2009. Aurela is a lawyer by profession and has more than ten years’ experience in human rights and especially on women’s rights in Albania, working for the Centre for Legal Civic Initiatives. She has offered her expertise to many national and international organisations in Albania. She joined the ERRC as a legal consultant in October 2014, focusing on Albania and Kosovo. She is based in Tirana.

Ion Bucur has a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and social Work , specialising in the social inclusion of Roma in Moldova. He also has an MA in international law; his thesis was entitled “Roma Rights Protection at International Level”. From 2008 to 2011 he worked as a human rights monitor at the National Roma Centre in Moldova. In 2012 and 2013, he work on an OSF-funded project on improving the right to liberty and security in Moldova. In 2014 and 2015, he worked as a national consultant on inclusive education for Romani children at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Moldova. Ion is currently the ERRC’s country facilitator for Moldova. He is based in Chisinau.

Sinan Gokçen is a human rights activist and journalist with around 20 years of experience in Turkey, Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia. He is a founding member of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly, one of the pioneering human rights organisations of Turkey. He earned an MA degree in Human Rights Law from Central European University as an Open Society Justice Initiative Fellow. He joined the ERRC in October 2006.

Andrea Čolak graduated in international law from the law school of the University of Belgrade. As an Open Society Institute fellow in 2004/05, she attended the undergraduate exchange programme at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, USA. She has been working on Roma rights issues since 2007 and from 2009-2012 was the Executive Director of the Minority Rights Center (MRC), a Belgrade-based human and minority rights NGO. During her work with MRC, she was involved in project management and monitoring implementation of Roma related policies and anti-discrimination legislation, particularly in relation to hate crimes, discrimination in education, health care and housing. She completed a two-year legal training programme at a law office in Belgrade and has experience in representation before domestic courts and administrative bodies. She joined the ERRC in May 2012 and is currently a legal consultant focusing on Serbia and Macedonia. Andrea is based in Belgrade.

Marija Demić studied Law at the law school at the University of Niš. She has been working on Roma rights issues since 2002, starting as a researcher for the Minority Rights Centre (MRC), a Belgrade-based human and minority rights NGO, and as a gender equality assistant for Women’s Space, a Niš-based women’s, human, and Romani rights NGO. Marija has a long relationship with ERRC: she was intern in 2002, a scholarship recipient, a gender fellow, and a consultant for the first shadow report on the situation of Romani women in Serbia, supported by ERRC in 2007. She is the founder and director of the Roma Women’s Rights Center, a Niš-based Romani women’s NGO. She also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the OSCE Mission in Serbia on Roma-related issues. Marija is currently the ERRC’s country facilitator for Serbia. She is based in Niš.

Sinem Hun started to practise law in 2005 and has been working as a human rights lawyer for five years, focusing mainly in the anti-discrimination law and the protection of vulnerable, marginalized, and disadvantaged groups in Turkey. She works with LGBTI and women NGOs and has extensive strategic litigation experience in the field. She holds an MA degree from the College of Europe (2005) and an Msc degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2013) in human rights. She is the founder of the first human rights-based legal and strategic consultancy of Turkey, Hun Consultancy. Hun Consultancy has had project-based relationships and corporate collaborations with the UK Embassy in Turkey, APC (Association for Progressive Communications), CIVICUS World Alliance (corporate affiliate), Freedom House, Privacy International, ILGA-Europe, and Transgender Europe. She started to work with the ERRC as a legal consultant for Turkey in September 2014. She is based in Ankara.

Rosi Mangiacavallo holds an MA in intercultural and social citizenship and a BA in politics and international relations. She has worked for over nine years with Romani communities in Italy and Roma rights NGOs based in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She joined the ERRC as intern in 2010. Since 2011 she has been working for the ERRC, based in Italy, as is currently the ERRC’s country facilitator for Italy. She is based in Milan.

Robert Matei started working with Roma communities in 2005 as a local expert for Roma issues, when he first observed the precarious environment Roma children live in and the absence of basic support in their struggle to achieve social integration. In 2006, he became a member of the Resource Centre for Roma Communities, where he has had the opportunity to work on local and national projects aimed at improving the situation of the Roma population. In 2012, he started his collaboration with, the ERRC, working as a human rights monitor and now the ERRC’s country facilitator in Romania. He is also currently studying public administration. He is based in Cluj-Napoca.

Manjola Veizi has worked with different international and national human rights NGOs promoting equal opportunities for Roma since 2006. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in law and a MA degree in civil rights. Her relationship with the ERRC started in early 2009, when she coordinated the ERRC’s campaign in Albania for the adoption of an anti -discrimination law. In 2010 Manjola was an ERRC gender fellow. From August 2014 Manjola was a junior researcher, undertaking research on housing and segregation in education in Albania and Kosovo. Since January 2015, she has been the ERRC’s country facilitator for Albania. She is based in Tirana.

Radost Zaharieva joined ERRC in 2014 as consultant researcher, looking at access to water for Roma in France. She holds a BA international relations and Romani language, and an MA in international relations and European studies, with a focus on major European projects. Her work concentrates on Roma inclusion in Bulgaria and France, in the cultural and political areas. She has extensive experience working on Roma issues on local and national level in Bulgaria, including significant research in the sphere of education and culture. Radost is currently the ERRC’s country facilitator in France; her work focuses on Roma migrants living in informal settlements and their access to rights. She is based in Paris.

ERRC submission to the European Commission on Roma Inclusion in enlargement countries (May 2017)

25 May 2017

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission on enlargement component of the EU Roma Framework.


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Roma Rights 1 2017: Roma and Conflict: Understanding the Impact of War and Political Violence

16 May 2017

The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

Sometimes Roma have been the direct targets of murderous aggression or subject to reprisals. Then there have been the many times where individual Roma actively took a side, but too often the roles played by Roma, Travellers and other minorities were elided from the dominant national narratives that followed.

In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

Editors: Marek Szilvasi, Kieran O’Reilly, Bernard Rorke

Roma Rights 1 2017 (PDF)

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Macron Election Call Out

5 May 2017

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