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Violations of Roma Rights in the Russian Federation

13 November 2004

October, 2004

Statement prepared by the European Roma Rights Center and the International Helsinki Federation on the occasion of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, October 2004, Warsaw.

The Statement summarises the main conclusions of ERRC monitoring in Russia and makes recommendations to the Russian government to improve the human rights situation of Roma in Russia. Issues documented in the course of ongoing ERRC research in Russia include: 

  • Torture and Ill Treatment of Roma by Law Enforcement Officials
  • Arbitrary Police Raids on Romani Settlements
  • Abduction and Extortion of Money by the Police
  • Racial Profiling by Police and Other Officials
  • Discrimination against Roma in the Criminal Justice System
  • Denial of Fair Trial in Cases in which Roma are Accused of Crimes
  • Denial of Access to Justice
  • Hate Speech against Roma in Russian Media
  • Lack of Personal Documents
  • Obstructed Access to Social and Economic Rights
  • Blocked Access to Education
  • Denial of Access to Adequate Housing

The magnitude of the abuse is only comparable to that of the perpetrators' impunity. Violence by state officials, paramilitary and nationalist-extremist groups, and discriminatory treatment of Roma in the exercise of their civil, social and economic rights are aggravated by the complete absence of governmental action to address these problems.

The full text of the Statement on the occasion of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation meeting is available:  View it (Microsoft Word doc format)!.

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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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