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Thirsting for Justice: New Report Reveals Depth of Discrimination faced by Europe’s Roma in Accessing Water

22 March 2017

Thirsting for Justice: New Report Reveals Depth of Discrimination faced by Europe’s Roma in Accessing Water

All across Europe, huge numbers of Roma have limited access to clean drinking water and sanitation. This is not a coincidence of geography. It is a matter of societal and institutional discrimination. Inadequate politicians and even worse policies force Roma to live in completely segregated settlements, where they are discriminated against by local authorities and denied access to basic services.

This report summarizes research conducted by the European Roma Rights Centre, between 2014-2016, covering 93 Romani neighbourhoods and settlements in Albania, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Slovakia. The findings reveal shocking disparities in access to clean water and sanitation between Roma and non-Roma. Regardless of the human rights to water and sanitation being recognised by the United Nations General Assembly, this report is the first to demonstrate how large segments of Europe’s Roma continue to be systemically denied and disadvantaged in their access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

The full report is available 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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