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News Roundup: Snapshots from Around Europe

3 April 2006

IOM and UN Special Rapporteur Concerned over Trafficking in Albania 
Roma Left Out of Media Coverage Surrounding Albanian Elections

Anti-Romani Hate Speech on National Television

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Renewed Calls for Reform of Discriminatory Electoral System

European Court of Human Rights Finds Bulgaria Liable for Police Abuse of Roma on Two Separate Occasions 
Court Awards Romani Victim Full Compensation for Discrimination by Employer 
Bulgarian Court Finds the National Prosecutor's Office Discriminated Against Roma

Racist Hate Speech in Reaction to Roma Winning Big Brother Croatia TV Contest

Czech Republic
Three Youths Imprisoned for Attacking Romani Couple 
Romani Family Assaulted in Their Home by Drunken Man with an Axe 
European Court Fails to Find Romani Children Victims of Discrimination in Education 
European Court of Human Rights Finds that Czech Government Violated Right to Fair Trial

French National Assembly Proposes Property Tax for Travellers 
European Roma Rights Centre Releases France Country Report

German Police Officer Disciplined for Publishing Hate Propaganda

UN Special Rapporteur Urges Greece to Protect the Rights of Minors 
ERRC and IHF Urge Greek Education Minister to End Roma School Segregation

ERRC Hosts Consultation with UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing 
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Concerned about the Situation of Romani Children in Hungary

Farmer in County Mayo Receives Reduced Sentence of Manslaughter after Killing Traveller

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Reports on the Situation of Roma

European Court of Human Rights Has No Jurisdiction in Kosovo Lead Poisoning Case

Private Lawsuit Filed after Public Prosecutor Ended Investigation into Police Brutality in Kicevo 
Romani Boy Beaten After School in Tetovo  
UN Women's Rights Committee Highlights Romani Women's Issues in Macedonia

ERRC Presses for Reform of Romanian National Council for Combating Discrimination 
Romanian Equality Watchdog Rules Anti- Romani Speech by Romanian Politician is Discriminatory 
Romani Victims of Police Abuse Bring Lawsuit at European Court of Human Rights

Arson Attack Resulting in Death of a Child in Russia 
Kaliningrad Governor Urged to Stop Inhuman Treatment of Romani Families

Serbia and Montenegro
United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination first finding against Serbia and Montenegro 
UN Torture Committee Instructs Government to Investigate Police Abuse of Roma

Helsinki Commission Statement Against Sterilisation without Consent 
Winter without Heating or Hot Water for Roma in Lunik IX

Police Raid Romani Community

United Kingdom
Travellers in West Sussex seek Permanent Home in Action Taken to the High Court

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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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