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10th Study Session for Persons Involved in Providing Legal Assistance to Roma and Traveller Communities

11 January 2006

The Council of Europe (Directorate General of Social Cohesion and Directorate General of Human Rights) and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) will organise in Strasbourg the 10th study session for persons involved in providing legal assistance to Roma and Traveller communities, from 29 May to 2 June 2006.

These study sessions aim at providing participants with practical examples on how to use the Council of Europe Human Rights Conventions in defence pleadings in favour of Roma and Traveller communities:

The sessions involve :

29 May to 31 May 2006

  • Training and lectures on relevant articles and procedure of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • practical information on how to submit an application to the European Court of Human Rights
  • a moot trial exercise

1 and 2 June 2006

  • lectures and practical information on the European Charter Collective Complaints procedure
  • information about access to relevant Council of Europe documentation and database.

The study sessions are animated by Council of Europe staff (including lawyers from Registry of the European Court of Human Rights), ERRC staff lawyers, and experienced outside experts.

Participants should be practising lawyers involved in defending Roma and Travellers cases in any of the Council of Europe member and applicant states.

The working language will be English and the Council of Europe will cover travelling and subsistence costs.

Applications should reach the Council of Europe Secretariat before 7 April 2006 together with a CV in English.

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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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