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News Roundup: Snapshots from Around Europe

30 July 2004

The pages that follow include Roma rights news and recent developments in the following areas:

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Repeated Eviction of Romani Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnian Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees Announces Plan to Address Romani Education Problems

Bulgaria
Bulgarian Police Fatally Shoot a Romani Man
Eviction of Roma in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Doctor Comments
Ambulance Refuses to Enter Romani Neighbourhood in Bulgaria
Racially Motivated Attack against Romani Man and Non-Romani Woman in Bulgaria
Kindergarten Workers Abuse Romani Boy in Bulgaria
European Court of Human Rights Finds Bulgarian Government Violated Human Rights

Czech Republic
Racist Attacks against Roma in Czech Republic
Pharmaceutical Firm Ordered to Pay Compensation for Discriminating against Roma in Czech Republic
ERRC Initiates Legal Action in Czech Republic on the Right to Adequate Housing
United Nations Committee against Torture Reviews Czech Republic

Denmark
Romani Woman Forcibly Expelled from Denmark

Finland
Collective Expulsion of Slovak Romani Asylum Seekers from Finland

Greece
Extreme Harm to Roma Living in Substandard Conditions
Greek Police Issue Anti-Romani Document
United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Reviews Greece

Hungary
Discrimination against Roma in Access to Public Accommodation in Hungary
Hungarian Court Punishes Employment Discrimination
Hungarian Police Hold Romani Boy in Custody Arbitrarily

Italy
Italian Authorities Continue To Forcibly Evict Roma Rendering Some Homeless
Italian Law Enforcement Officials Abuse Romani Beggars

Kosovo
Kosovo Police Officers Beat Romani Man
Kosovo Ombudsperson Urges against the Return of Roma, Ashkaelia and Egyptians to the Province

Macedonia
Police Abuse Romani Youth in Macedonia

Romania
Romanian Roma Intimidated After Seeking Justice for Rights Violations
Romanian Government Issues Notification on Desegregation in Education
Legal Action in Romanian School Segregation Case

Russia
Romani Family Members Suffer Extreme Harm Following Threats by Extortionists in Russia
Police Attack Roma in Saint Petersburg

Serbia and Montenegre
Serbian Newspaper Publishes
Serbian Teacher Verbally Assaults Romani Girl
Anti-Discrimination Legal Action in Serbia and Montenegro
Agreement Reached After Court Confirmed Romani Refugees Must Vacate Camp in Serbia and Montenegro
Romani Man Abused in the Criminal Justice System

Slovakia
Controversial Proposal Regarding Romani Education by the EU Commission's Ambassador to Slovakia
Slovak Parliament Adopts Anti-Discrimination Law

Slovenia
Slovenes Reject Government Bill to Re-establish Residency of

United Kingdom
UK Anti-Discrimination Body Announces Crack Down on Anti-Gypsy Signs
European MEPs Force British Tabloid to Clarify Anti-Romani Statements
Travellers Face Forced Eviction and Protests against their Sites in UK
European Court Finds UK Violated Traveller's Right to Respect for Private Life

Ukraine
Ukrainian Authorities Threaten Romani Activist Defending Roma Rights

 

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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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