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Bulgarian Roma rights organisation scores political victory

3 April 1999

On March 24, 1999, the Sofia-based Roma Rights organisation Human Rights Project announced that, together with partner organisations United Romani Union and the Confederation of Roma in Bulgaria, as well as several other major Romani organisations in Bulgaria, it had reached an agreement with the Bulgarian government over a national programme for Roma. The pro-gramme is to be implemented by the government over the next ten years. Almost one year following the beginning of an advocacy campaign for the endorsement of a long term strategy addressing the situation of Roma in Bulgaria, and after six months of debate over the document "For Equal Participation of Roma in the Public Life of Bulgaria", proposed by the Romani community, the National Council for Ethnic and Demographic Issues of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers signed an agreement with the Romani organisations committing itself to consider their proposals as the foundation for a national programme for Roma.

The key points of the document signed by the government include legislative changes for the prevention of race discrimination; the establishment of a state body for the prevention of discrimination on an ethnic basis and for the prevention of police brutality; establishment of a state fund for support-ing businesses which employ Roma; legalization of Romani houses through amendments to the Territorial Development Act; desegregation of the schools in Romani neighbourhoods; elimination of all forms of "special" education on an ethnic basis; special measures to counteract racism in the classroom; positive action in support of Romani applicants to university; intro-duction of Romani history and culture in textbooks at all levels of the Bulgarian education system; support for Romani folklore and for Romani cultural institutions; guarantees for the equal participation of Roma in the public electronic media and in the press.

(Human Rights Project)

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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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