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Chronicle

5 January 1999

Campaining for Roma rights

November 6: Submitted cases from Hungary and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia relevant to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, for consideration by the United Nations Committee against Torture at its 21th Session on 11 and 17 November, 1998.

November 18: Sent letters to international organisations involved in relief work in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine following the Uzh floodings; relief organisations were urged to monitor the situation closely, ensuring that aid ended in the hands of flood victims and not elsewhere.

Conferenced and mettings

September 4-7: Spoke on the importance of Roma rights for European security at the "34th Conference on Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament", organised by the Dutch Reformed Church in Driebergen, the Netherlands.

October 3: Spoke at the roundtable "For Equal Participation of Roma in Public Life in Bulgaria", organised by the Human Rights Project in Sofia, Bulgaria.

October 5-6: With the Humanitarian Law Center co-organised the workshop "Human Rights Litigation — Law and Practice in International and Domestic Courts" in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (see article, pp.57-59).

October 10-19: Trained human rights organisations from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in monitoring human rights, in Guadauri, Georgia.

October 19: Spoke on human rights monitoring techniques at a seminar organised by the Slovak Helsinki Committee in Prešov, Slovakia.

October 22-24: Held the "Human Rights Litigation — Law and Practice in International and Domestic Courts" workshop, in co-operation with the Czech Bar Association and the Czech Helsinki Committee, in Prague.

October 30: Spoke on strategies for Romani media at the Media Conference organised by the Open Society Institute, in Budapest, Hungary.

November 5-8: Participated in the annual meeting of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, where the ERRC was elected onto the Co-operating Committee, thus gaining observer status with the IHF.

December 7: Had a meeting with Kate Hoey, British Under-secretary of State for the Home Office, and Nigel Thorpe, the British Ambassador in Hungary, at which the situation of Roma in Hungary and Slovakia was discussed.

December 7-13: Served as a Steering Committee member for the "Human Rights Defenders Summit", organised by Amnesty International, Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l'Homme, France Libertés — Fondation Danielle Mittérand and Mouvement International ATD Quart Monde in Paris, France.

December 10-13: Participated in the "Balkans Seminar" organised by the Romani women's organisation Daja from Kumanovo, and the humanitarian and charitable association of Roma Mesečina from Gostivar, in Gostivar, Macedonia.

December 11-12: Spoke at the "International Conference on the Problems of Roma in Europe", organised in Prague by the Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic.

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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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