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Roma Rights 4, 2001: Mobilisation/participation

7 November 2001

Two major events of autumn at the ERRC were the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, and a lawsuit against the United Kingdom in connection with the practice of stationing liaison officers at the Prague airport, apparently to stop Roma from coming to Britain.

The ERRC sent a delegation of m ...

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Roma Rights 2-3, 2001: Government programmes on Roma

15 August 2001

This issue’s special theme is governmental policy programmes related to Roma. We offer critical comments on the existing programmes and the policy-making processes in several countries: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. However, I should note several ERRC assumptions that may have remained only very implicit in thi ...

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Roma Rights 1, 2001: Access to Justice

10 April 2001

Recently, we lost a case. The circumstances are as follows: as I write, a group of around twenty-five Roma are living in shanties by the side of a road in the village of Cabiny, northern Slovakia. They have been homeless for more than ten years, but all have legal residence in one of two neighbouring villages. They previously lived in housing provided on a co-operative ...

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Roma Rights 4, 2000: Racism: denial and acknowledgement

5 December 2000

The ERRC works to end racism. We “fight” racism, to use the clumsy metaphor. In doing so, we tilt at shadows, aiming to bring to an end phenomena hard to grasp and actions the symbolic content of which is frequently disputed. We are joined in this “struggle” by the Czech Republic, which, like all other European states with the exception of Andorra, Ireland and ...

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Roma Rights 3, 2000: Rights of the Child

3 October 2000

The classical human rights doctrine posits that every human being, born free and equal in dignity and rights, endowed with a free will, is capacitated to make free choices. The free will is a transparent, self-reflective agency, expressing the individual’s interest. The individual subject, a bearer of rights, is in principle an indivisible and autonomous entity, inte ...

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Roma Rights 2, 2000: Housing

11 July 2000

Housing and unhousing Roma is the theme of this issue of Roma Rights and a number of authors have provided excellent articles. On evictions, see for example Christina Rougheri’s piece on Greece or ERRC advocacy concerning Italy on page 86. Martin Demirovski writes on the failure of Macedonian authorities to rehouse Roma following a catastrophic fire. Eva Sobotka writ ...

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Roma Rights 1, 2000: Women's rights

12 April 2000

Without equal rights, women’s power is hardly real: it has to be navigated through the crooked labyrinths of existing social behaviours. And its flow will go only as far as the real masters (men) allow. And then, how does women’s cunning stop the hand of an abusive father or spouse? With the disintegration of traditional society, even this limited power of women is ...

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Roma Rights 4, 1999: Romani media/Mainstream media

7 December 1999

Law may not put an end to racism, but the media might. The role recently played by media in Britain during the case of Stephen Lawrence indicates the power media have to expose the role of race where it is often denied, and to hold a society up to its public for scrutiny. The ERRC will continue to endorse Romani activ ...

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Roma Rights 3, 1999: Competing Romani Identities

5 September 1999

The ERRC is an organisation working on Roma rights. As such, we have tried to stay away from questions of Romani identity, defining our scope in an empirical, non-doctrinal way. We have developed an expertise on the RIGHTS of Roma - their expression in law, their monitoring in the field, their defence in the courts, and their advocacy in a variety of frameworks. But we ...

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Roma Rights 2, 1999: Roma and the Kosovo Conflict

15 July 1999

We devote this issue to the Roma of Kosovo, who – in the circumstances – will be the last to ever read it. We cannot mail copies to them either: they are scattered all over the continent, and given Europe’s ‘hospitality’ to Roma, it will take a very long time for them to obtain mailing addresses anywhere. As to Romani readers inside Kosovo, our mail would be ...

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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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