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Chronicle

21 November 2007

June 2007: Published the third issue of the Russian language Roma Rights (Prava Tzigan) on hate speech.

Conferences, Meetings, Seminars, and Campaigning

9-11 May: Contributed to a panel discussion on the situation of Roma in Romania and Romanian Roma in Germany, organised by the Stadt Frankfurt/M: Frankfurt, Germany.

10-11 May: Participated as a speaker in a seminar on access to employment in South- East Europe for vulnerable groups within the framework of the Bucharest process Co-operation on Employment in South-East Europe: Strasbourg, France.

19 May: Conducted a training workshop on the situation of Roma in Turkey and in Europe for representatives of various human rights organisations and groups: Mersin, Turkey.

21-22 May: Participated in the 23rd meeting of the MG-S-Rom Committee of Experts on Roma Issues and presented the ERRC reports "Ambulance Not On the Way: The Disgrace of Health Care for Roma in Europe" and "The Glass Box: Exclusion of Roma from Employment": Strasbourg, France.

26 May: Conducted a training workshop on the situation of Roma in Turkey and in Europe for representatives of various human rights NGOs and groups: İzmir, Turkey.

4-8 June: Gave a presentation at the OSCE High Level Conference on Combating Discrimination and Promoting Mutual Respect and Understanding: Bucharest, Romania.

7-9 June: Participated at the opening ceremony of the first Roma Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, organised by the Open Society Institute: Venice, Italy.

11-12 June: Participated in a seminar on the EU Racial Equality Directive: Zagreb, Croatia.

11-13 June: Participated in the 10th International Steering Committee Meeting of the Decade of Roma Inclusion, organised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy: Sofia, Bulgaria.

14-15 June: Conducted a two day training/ capacitation programme for Liaison Officers from Kosovo as part of a five day training programme organised by the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law: Budapest, Hungary.

16 June: Conducted a training workshop on the situation of Roma in Turkey and in Europe for representatives of various human rights NGOs and groups: Istanbul, Turkey.

19-20 June: Met with various Romani NGOs to discuss the situation of Roma and cooperation opportunities: Bucharest, Romania.

20-21 June: Hosted a meeting of human rights lawyers to discuss the principles of strategic litigation and possible cases from Turkey: Istanbul, Turkey.

25-26 June: Participated in a seminar on the EU Racial Equality Directive: Istanbul, Turkey.

2 July: Gave a presentation on EU Inclusion Policy and Roma at a conference organisedby the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities: Belfast, Northern Ireland.

9 July: Presented information at ERRC offices to a group of Open Society Institute project coordinators and Central European University summer students: Budapest, Hungary.

10 July: Hosted a roundtable discussion on segregated education together with the Chance for Children Foundation (Hungary) and lawyers from the Romani Baht Foundation and the Equal Opportunities Initiative Association (Bulgaria): Budapest, Hungary.

11-13 July: Conducted research on the situation of Roma in state children's homes in Hungary, with the financing of the European Union: Borsod-Azauj-Zemplen and Baranya counties, Hungary.

12-13 July: Participated in the NGO meeting and exchange with the Management Board of the Fundamental Rights Agency concerning the priorities of the multi-annual framework and the cooperation with civil society: Vienna, Austria.

16 July: Chaired a local conference on Access to Education for Romani children, in conjunction with the Roma Education Fund and The Romani Womens' Foundation Chiricli: Kiev, Ukraine.

17 July-9 August: Conducted research on the situation of Roma in state children's homes in Hungary, with the financing of the European Union: Budapest, Baranya County and Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Hungary.

19 July: Co-hosted, together with the Vojvodina Executive Council, the Vojvodina Secretariat for Labour, Employment and Gender Equality and the Open Society Institute's International Policy Fellowships program (IPF), a regional conference entitled "Romani Women in Serbia: The Way Forward": Novi Sad, Serbia.

25 July: Gave a presentation to the International Association of Political Science Students (IAPSS): Lubljana, Slovenia.

2-3 August: Participated in an NGO review meeting organised by the Magenta Foundation and the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the advancement of human rights: Amsterdam, Netherlands.

27-31 August: Participated in the United Nations Preparatory Committee of the Durban Review Conference: Geneva, Switzerland.

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Call for Grant Proposals: Community Legal Work Projects

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Call for Proposals: Website Design and Hosting

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Romani Woman Harassed by Racist Hospital Staff during Childbirth Wins Case

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