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Xhenson Çela

8 August 2017

Xhenson Çela was born in 1992 in Tirana, Albania. He holds a BA in Law in a private university and has studies MA in Civil Law from the Faculty of Justice at Tirana University. He is alumni of the RAP program and currently finishing his studies in Public Policy One Year Program at the Central European University. 

During his studies in Albania, he was volunteering at various organizations such as United Nations Development Progam in Albania as a health and culture mediator, also at the Institute of Romani Culture in Albania (IRCA) part of the Corpus of Romani Volunteers. Later in 2013-2015, he was working as a communication officer and radio manager at IRCA, at the same time researched and wrote a policy brief on Roma Education. Worked at Open Society Foundation Albani as the coordinator of Roma and non-Roma activist mainly focusing on the housing and forced evictions of the Roma in Albania. Moreover, worked for Civil Rights Defenders as a social media manager. Most recently, he worked as a Local Consultant for UNDP-Albania. 

In 2013, he pursued an internship at the Albanian Ombudsman office at the Mechanism for Torture Prevention. 

During his studies at the RGPP and CEU, he worked on many Roma related issues such as the Human Rights issues and Forced Evictions in Albania, housing policies and the case of recycling that affected Roma. His main interest is driven toward International Human Rights, Community Media Journalism, Hate Speech and Populism and Government and Transparency. Hence, he worked on a research and comparative analysis on "Community Media Journalism as a Tool in Shaping Policies: Housing and Environment in Albania". His MA thesis focuses on The Openness, Transparency, and Participation in the Consultation Process between the Albanian Public Authorities and the Roma Community: Cases of Forced Evictions and Public Investments that Affect Housing. 

Public Policy as a field combines both deep research and practical skills, it aims to conduct a thorough research, weight the situation and all the arguments and draw recommendations to the public authorities to change a concerning status quo that affects the society or a particular target group. Here at ERRC, I can work on crucial cases and issues that deal with school segregation, and violations of human right is a great place for gaining a remarkable experience in Roma issues.  

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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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