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Media Toolkit

19 April 2013

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the “media toolkit” section of the European Roma Rights Centre’s website.

The ERRC values its relations with journalists and is ready to assist and contribute to their coverage of Roma related matters.

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is a Roma-led international public interest law organisation working to combat anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma through strategic litigation, research and policy development, advocacy and human rights education.

Since its establishment in 1996, the ERRC has endeavoured to provide Roma with the tools necessary to combat discrimination and achieve equal access to justice, education, housing, health care and public services.

The ERRC has consultative status with the Council of Europe, as well as with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The ERRC has been the recipient of numerous awards for its efforts to advance human rights respect of Roma: in 2012, Stockholm Human Rights Award; in 2010, the Silver Rose Award of SOLIDAR; in 2009, the Justice Prize of the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation; in 2007, the Max van der Stoel award given by the High Commissioner on National Minorities and the Dutch Foreign Ministry; and in 2001, the Geuzenpenning award (the Geuzen medal of honour) by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands.

The ERRC provides journalists with accurate, credible, up-to-date information regarding the situation of Roma in Europe. In its work, the ERRC prioritises the following thematic areas: Right to inclusive and quality education, housing rights, violence by state and third party actors targeting Romani individuals and communities, state response to violence.

The ERRC assists journalists by providing information based on its own research and comment.  However even if the ERRC has not done any research on a matter that a journalist is investigating, the ERRC may try to offer support by identifying best resources.

One may have an overall view of ERRC’s activities by reading its Electronic Newsletter.

Please do contact us for any Roma rights related issue, either for background talk, data or comment.

In this section, you may find some useful material for your story including:


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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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Cause of Action: Romani Children in State Care in Nógrád County (Hungary)

20 November 2017

The data showed that Romani children are grossly overrepresented in the care system in Nógrád County: although they make up under 20% of the county’s population, Romani children make up over 80% of those in care. The data showed a strong correlation between deep poverty, severe deprivation, and the entry of children into the care system.

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Roma Belong - Discrimination, Statelessness and Marginalisation of Roma in the Western Balkans and Ukraine

26 October 2017

The #RomaBelong project is a joint initiative by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) and the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) in collaboration with partner organisations in Albania ...

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