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In Macedonia, Roma not allowed to join minority police training

7 November 2001

According to the Skopje daily Dnevnik of October 30, 2001, on the previous day, fifteen Romani candidates blocked the entry gate to the Idrizovo police training center after American training instructors refused them entry to, and participation in, the training for police candidates from minority communities. The daily quoted the Romani candidates as stating that they had registered and passed the selection process, however they missed the initial week of training as they were not informed in time of the commencement of the training. The American instructors, in return, did not allow the Romani candidates to attend the classes, with the explanation that the course had already begun. Ethnic Albanian candidates reportedly entered the training after two weeks on strike. The Roma interviewed by Dnevnik also argued that the Framework Agreement includes an "agreed framework for securing the future of Macedonia's democracy and permitting the development of closer and more integrated relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the Euro-Atlantic community [...that will] promote the peaceful and harmonious development of civil society while respecting the ethnic identity and the interests of all Macedonian citizens", adopted by the Macedonian government on August 13, 2001, and envisages participation of all minority representatives. They claimed that the attitude of the foreign instructors was discriminatory. Mr Amdi Bajram, the only Romani member of the Macedonian parliament, joined the protesters. According to Macedonian Romani organisations Drom from Kumanovo and Association for Human Rights Protection of Roma from Stip, the Romani protesters were included in the training on the evening of the same day following the protest.

(Association for Human Rights Protection of Roma, Dnevnik, Drom)

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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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