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ERRC 2003-2004 Biennial Report

30 June 2005

The ERRC 2003-2004 Biennial Report, published in early 2005, includes reports on the ERRC's activities for the two years previous. Noted achievements include:
 

  • Becoming recognised as the major civil society stakeholder shaping Roma related rights-based policy at the European level and authoring the official European Union policy report on Roma.
  • Reshaping European international and domestic law in a number of areas through landmark decisions won in Roma Rights cases.
  • Training a new generation of legal practitioners in anti-discrimination through measures including workshops, close work with attorneys directly on cases, and other actions.
  • Intensifying work in the area of women's rights through training workshops and research into women's rights issues and by compiling our first comprehensive submission focused exclusively on women's rights issues.
  • Breaking new ground in undertaking Roma rights work in the former Soviet Union -- including Russia, Ukraine and the Caucasus.
  • Making significant progress in the matter of school desegregation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Heightening capacity building for Romani individuals and organisations in order to secure Roma inclusion in human rights defense.

Materials are organized thematically, and a series of appendices present comprehensive lists of ERRC scholarship recipients, legal cases undertaken by the ERRC, ERRC publications, and other matters. An introduction by ERRC Acting Executive Director Claude Cahn provides reflections on developments during the period.

The full text of the ERRC Biennial Report 2003-2004 is available at  View it (Acrobat pdf format)!

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Call for Grant Proposals: Community Legal Work Projects

20 January 2017

The ERRC’s legal work – which the organisation describes as “strategic litigation” – has been called “elite” or “elitist”. Budapest-best legal staff members work with us, Roma, as well as with local lawyers and NGOs, to design cases to have a big impact at national or European levels, and ultimately to ensure greater respect for our rights. But is this really working for us? Are we yet convinced – as the ERRC is – that court cases, and relying on legal rights more generally, are going to make our situation any better?

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Call for Proposals: Website Design and Hosting

18 January 2017

The European Roma Rights Centre (“the ERRC”) needs a clear, bold website to get strong messages across to the allies and foes of Roma rights: We are equal. The rights violations we suffer are real and unacceptable. We are taking our cases to court and winning. And the ERRC’s activist lawyers, advocates, researchers, human rights monitors, and entire team are making it possible.

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Romani Woman Harassed by Racist Hospital Staff during Childbirth Wins Case

18 January 2017

Budapest, 18 January 2017: A Romani woman harassed by staff while giving birth at a Hungarian hospital has won a decision in her favour from the Hungarian Equality Body. The woman who gave birth to her baby daughter in February 2016 was alone in the hospital and intimidated by staff who subjected her to verbal harassment and racial slurs, with one doctor telling her “you Gypsies give birth only for the money!”

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