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ERRC Highlights Roma Rights Concerns in Russia

5 June 2008

Russia's Progress Regarding ICERD Guarantees under Review

3 June 2008, Budapest, Geneva: Today the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) submitted a comprehensive parallel report on the human rights situation of Roma in Russia to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, in advance of the Committee's July/August 2008 review of Russia's compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The report is based on extensive first hand research and media monitoring undertaken by the ERRC.

The main human rights violations highlighted the report include:

  • Violent forced evictions of Roma carried out with no regard to due process of law;
  • Discrimination against Roma in the criminal justice system;
  • Racially motivated violence against Roma by non-state actors; and
  • Unchallenged anti-Romani statements by public officials and rampant hate speech against Roma in the media.

The submission also includes a series of recommendations for Russian authorities to improve the overall situation of Roma in Russia with regard to the human rights guaranteed in the ICERD.

The full text of the report is available at: View it (Acrobat pdf format)!.

Версия пресс-релиза на русском языке здесь: ERRC обозначил нарушения прав цыган в России.

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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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