Roma Rights 1, 2010: Implementation of Judgments
26th, July, 2010
ERRC campaigning, conferences, meetings and trainings
11 January: Submitted additional comments to government’s observations in Koky and Others v Slovakia (case pending with the ECtHR).
24-25 January: Carried out case-related field research and participated in a local government meeting on Romani housing issues: Tulcea, Romania.
27 January: Met the Czech NGO Life Together: Budapest, Hungary.
28-31 January: Held an ERRC staff retreat: Baaden, Austria.
31 January: Met with Amnesty International to discuss violent attacks against Roma in Hungary: Budapest, Hungary.
11 February: Hosted a training workshop for ERRC staff members on trafficking in human beings: Budapest, Hungary.
12-13 February: Hosted a training workshop for field researchers on trafficking in human beings within a project entitled “Trafficking Romani youth and women in Eastern and Central Europe: Analysing the effectiveness of national laws and policies in prevention and victim support” and supported by the European Commission: Budapest, Hungary.
14 February-1 March: Conducted field research and met Romani and non-Romani human rights organisations and activists: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
25 February: Participated in the Central European University’s annual NGO fair: Budapest, Hungary.
25 February: Discussed the segregated education of Romani children in Slovakia with the Roma Education Fund: Budapest, Hungary.
1 March: With the Roma Education Fund, co-hosted a European Commission conference on “Activities to Improve the Impact of Policies, Programmes, and Projects Aimed at the Social Inclusion and Non-Discrimination of Roma People in the EU”: Budapest, Hungary.
2 March: Met representatives of the Greek Helsinki Monitor to discuss education litigation in Greece: Budapest, Hungary.
3-4 March: Conducted a field visit to prepare for the European Court judgment in Oršuš and Others v Croatia to meet the applicants and their lawyer, the Human Rights Centre in Zagreb, the only Romani MP and Romani organisations: Croatia.
4 March: Co-hosted a workshop with the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and the Bulgarian Committee for Protection against Discrimination to discuss implementation of European Committee of Social Rights decisions concerning Bulgaria with the Bulgarian government, civil society and Committee representatives: Sofia, Bulgaria.
6-7 March: Made a presentation at a meeting of Turkish Romani NGOs: Ankara, Turkey.
8-9 March: Participated in the European Academy of Law training programme on EU Law on Equality between Men and Women: Trier, Germany.
8-9 March: Participated in a communications training programme offered by OSI: Budapest, Hungary.
9 March: Attended a conference entitled “Legal and institutional conditions for combating prostitution and trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation – Hungarian and international experiences”: Budapest, Hungary.
9 March: Met local Romani NGOs: İzmir, Turkey.
11-12 March: Conducted a field visit to the Czech Republic to meet the D.H. applicants, local lawyers, NGOs, and the Groups of Women Harmed by Coerced Sterilisation: Ostrava, Czech Republic.
14 March: Attended the Roma Meeting organised by Turkish government to announce the government’s future policies to improve the situation of Roma: Istanbul, Turkey.
16 March: Met public officials to discuss the Turkish government’s new approach to Roma: Ankara, Turkey.
17 March: Hosted a press conference concerning the positive decision in Oršuš and Others v Croatia: Zagreb, Croatia.
18-19 March: Participated in an OSI seminar on the Lisbon Treaty’s impact on human rights: Budapest, Hungary.
23-24 March: Attended a conference on Combating Extremism: Bratislava, Slovakia.
25-27 March: Conducted housing and education research with Amnesty International and Amnesty Slovakia, meeting local partners and lawyers: Slovakia.
29 March-1 April: Conducted field research within the framework of the project entitled “Understanding employment and decent work challenges in Turkey – the situation of Roma in Turkey”, on behalf of the European Commission: Çorlu, Turkey.
6-7 April: Participated a roundtable of the European Union’s Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) “On a road to equality” targeting Romani and Traveller women activists: Cordoba, Spain.
8 April: Delivered a presentation on ERRC successes in Spain and Portugal: Lisbon, Portugal.
8-9 April: Participated in the II EU Roma Summit; gave a presentation on gender issues during the roundtable on awareness of the gender dimension: Cordoba, Spain.
9 April: Participated in an FRA press conference: Cordoba, Spain.
9 April: Participated in a roundtable meeting of the Coalition Together to School: Prague, Czech Republic.
14-5 April: Convened a meeting of project partners and consultants to finalise legal and policy research methodology within an EC-supported project entitled “Protecting the Rights of Romani Children in the Child Protection System in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Slovakia”: Budapest, Hungary.
19-23 April: Conducted a field visit to conduct housing research, accompany local researchers and meet local partners, with support from the UN Democracy Fund: Albania.
19-23 April: Conducted field research on violations of the housing rights of Roma, with support from the UN Democracy Fund: Romania.
22-23 April: Discussed ERRC monitoring of police response to violence against Roma at a conference entitled “Forgotten Victims”: Prague, Czech Republic.
26-30 April: Conducted field research on violations of the housing rights of Roma, with support from the UN Democracy Fund: Montenegro.
3-4 May: Convened a meeting of project partners and consultants to finalise field research methodology within an EC-supported project entitled “Protecting the Rights of Romani Children in the Child Protection System in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Slovakia”: Budapest, Hungary.
6 May: Participated a FEANSTA conference entitled “Housing Rights: from Theory to Practice”: Barcelona, Spain.
17 May: Lectured on the European Court of Human Rights at the Central European University: Budapest, Hungary.
18-28 May: Conducted field research on human rights issues affecting Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities: Kosovo.
19 May: Conducted a field visit to meet domestic lawyers, Amnesty International Slovakia, Romani community activists and community NGOs to discuss housing issues in the Plavetsky Stvrtok Romani community: Bratislava, Slovakia.
24-26 May: Went on mission to visit the Greek Helsinki Monitor and monitor progress of education related actions: Athens, Greece.
24-28 May: Conducted field research on violations of the housing rights of Roma, with support from the UN Democracy Fund: Bosnia and Herzegovina.
25 May: Briefed Slovak journalists to discuss ERRC activities and Roma issues: Bratislava, Slovakia.
26 May: Attended a meeting of the Slovak NGO Coalition For Equality in Education: Bratislava, Slovakia.
26 May: Participated in an OSF Bratislava working group meeting concerning the development of a school desegregation manual: Bratislava, Slovakia.
30 May: Discussed implementation of D.H. and Others v The Czech Republic with representatives of the Czech Ministry of Education attended an OSJI meeting with Romani activists to discuss grassroots mobilisation against school segregation: Prague, Czech Republic.
7-9 June: Conducted field research to monitor implementation of Oršuš and Others v Croatia: Croatia.
16-18 June: Delivered a lecture at a conference on the “Legal Status of Roma and Sinti in Italy”: Milan, Italy.
17 June: Participated in the 3rd EU Roma Platform meeting: Brussels, Belgium.
25 June: Provided input during the Europe Commission’s annual international NGO consultation on the accession progress reports: Brussels, Belgium.