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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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ERRC submission to the European Commission on Roma Inclusion in enlargement countries (May 2017)

25 May 2017

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission on enlargement component of the EU Roma Framework.


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Roma Rights 1 2017: Roma and Conflict: Understanding the Impact of War and Political Violence

16 May 2017

The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

Sometimes Roma have been the direct targets of murderous aggression or subject to reprisals. Then there have been the many times where individual Roma actively took a side, but too often the roles played by Roma, Travellers and other minorities were elided from the dominant national narratives that followed.

In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

Editors: Marek Szilvasi, Kieran O’Reilly, Bernard Rorke

Roma Rights 1 2017 (PDF)

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Macron Election Call Out

5 May 2017

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