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.

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.

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.

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 UN HRC on Hungary (February 2018)

14 February 2018

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Hungary to the UN Human Rights Committee for consideration at its 122nd session (12 Narch - 6 April 2018).

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The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England

24 January 2018

Romani and Traveller children in England are much more likely to be taken into state care than the majority population, and the numbers are rising. Between 2009 and 2016 the number of Irish Travellers in care has risen by 400% and the number of Romani children has risen 933%. The increases are not consistent with national trends, and when compared to population data, suggest that Romani and Traveller children living in the UK could be 3 times more likely be taken into public care than any other child. 

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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