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Romania's Anti- Discrimination Law Amended

18 May 2007

On 14 July 2006, the Romanian government adopted a law amending Ordinance No. 137/ 2000; the Romanian Government Ordinance on Preventing and Punishing All Forms of Discrimination. The recent amendments bring long awaited revision to antidiscrimination legislation in Romania. With the amendment, Romanian lawmakers have removed the National Council for Combating Discrimination (NCCD), long noted for lacking the independence required to be effective, from the supervision of the Government, placing it under parliamentary supervision. The amendment also extended the deadline for filing a complaint before Council from six months to one year from the date of cause of the action. Under the amended law, a victim of discrimination no longer has to go to the NCCD before going to courts. The NCCD was also obliged under the amended law to elaborate an internal procedure for investigating complaints of discrimination and a national strategy for the implementation of measures aimed at preventing and combating discrimination within sixty days from the date of entering into force of the new law.

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ERRC submission to UN CRC on Romania (July 2016)

13 July 2016

Written comments by the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Romania for Consideration by the Committee on the Rights of the Child at its Pre-session Working Group for the 75th Session (3-7 October 2016).

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ERRC submission to the European Commission on Roma Inclusion (July 2016)

12 July 2016

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission concering Roma Inclusion in the Western Balkans Progress Reports 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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