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We are Here!: Discriminatory Exclusion and Struggle for Rights of Roma in Turkey

15 April 2008

We are Here!: Discriminatory Exclusion and Struggle for Rights of Roma in Turkey

The book titled "We Are Here" was compiled as an outcome of the project "Roma Rights in Turkey" by the ERRC, the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly and EDROM. It draws on field research undertaken by the project partners and reflects upon the experiences gained during the project, the partners' expertise in Roma rights advocacy, the promotion of civil society values and the grassroots mobilisation of Romani communities. One of the key focuses is the emergence and development of Romani civil society organisations in Turkey with an overview of their place in Turkish civil society, their goals, activities and needs. On the other hand, various theoretical matters are discussed such as an analysis of the relationship between Turkish nationalism and Roma, and a literature review of the works on Roma in Turkey. On the whole, "We are Here" is an attempt to provide an overview of the situation of Romani communities throughout Turkey and present human rights issues of particular concern. It focuses on those legal norms (or the absence of such), practices and conditions which affect Roma and deny members of this community equal access to rights and opportunities.

The full text of the report in English
The full text of the report in Turkish

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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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