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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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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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