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Petrache and Tranca v Italy (2016)

24 November 2017

The ERRC has been working with Italian NGOs and lawyers to support Roma who were living in a shelter only for Roma to bring litigation in the domestic courts in Italy complaining that the shelter was racially segregated.

After we became involved in that discrimination case, the people there were threatened with eviction from the shelter. We worked with our partners in Italy to ask the European Court of Human Rights to issue an interim measure (a kind of emergency order) to stop the eviction on behalf of two Romani women, a mother and daughter. The European Court gave the order, but then decided that the case was inadmissible. The Court reasoned that there were sufficient remedies available to the applicants in the domestic court. The general rule is that you cannot go to the European Court before you have used the remedies available at national level. We argued, unsuccessfully, that the remedies to stop the eviction were insufficient.

The domestic discrimination case is still pending before the Italian courts.

The Court’s decision declaring the case inadmissible can be found here (in French).

The arguments section of the application form can be found here.

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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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