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Social Inclusion Through Social Services: The Case of Roma and Travellers

3 March 2007

Social Inclusion Through Social Services: The Case of Roma and Travellers

This report contains the results of an impact assessment conducted by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Portuguese social research centre Númena Centro de Investigação em Ciências Sociais e Humanas in 2006 on government policy in the area of social services and the social inclusion of Romani and Traveller people in the Czech Republic, France, and Portugal. The research was aimed at exploring, highlighting and evaluating the impact of National Action Plans for Social Inclusion (NAPs) in the aforementioned countries as well as providing a gauge of the effectiveness of the NAPs. The report provides a compelling case for action by all actors in the field of social services in the target countries as well as useful quantitative and qualitative data for the reader's digestion.

The main findings of the report provide insights into the severe deficit between the NAPs avowed goals and their actual implementation and achievements, showing that more efforts need to be made in order to achieve the desired goals of the NAPs. The report stresses that whilst the NAPs continue to provide the guiding principle for state policy in the area of social inclusion, they will remain hollow promises without the requisite governmental investment in terms of funds and manpower. This report is a provocative testimony of well-intentioned acts being rendered redundant by the lack of commensurate governmental commitments and is a study that is indispensable in the ongoing analysis of the plight of Europe's various Romani and Traveller communities.

Research toward, and publication of, "Social Inclusion Through Social Services: The Case of Roma and Travellers" was supported by the European Commission, with co-financing from ERRC core donors Open Society Institute and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.

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Joint submission to the Council of Europe on implementation of police brutality judgments in Romania (June 2016)

7 June 2016

Joint submission by the European Roma Rights Centre, Romani CRISS and APADOR-CH concerning Romania's implementation of the Barbu Anghelescu group of cases, for consideration by the Committee of Ministers during its June 2016 review.

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Joint submission to UN CRC on Slovakia (April 2016)

18 April 2016

Written comments by the European Roma Rights Centre and Center for Civil and Human Rights concerning Slovakia for consideration by the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the 72nd Session (17 May 2016 – 03 June 2016)

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Combating Hate Crime and Hate Speech in France and Italy

4 February 2016

Introduction

For years, the ERRC has been documenting hate crime and hate speech in various countries. With support from the Open Society Initiative for Europe, the ERRC is carrying out a project designed to expose the extent of anti-Roma hate crime and hate speech in France and Italy and improve the authorities' response to these problems. The purpose of this project is to introduce a new methodology for this work and apply it in these two Western European countries, where the extent of anti-Roma hate speech and hate crime is largely recognised, but poorly documented or addressed. 

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