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New Country Profiles on Roma from ERRC
The European Roma Rights Centre has published new country profiles today, which outline some of the major issues affecting Roma in 10 countries. The short reports indicate that, despite some efforts to improve the situation of Romani individuals and communities, they still are denied basic human rights. According to the findings presented in the country profiles, Romani individuals and communities still have to face violence and hate speech and cannot enjoy the same opportunities and standards as the rest of the society in access to essential services such as education or housing.
Hungary: Police Fail to Act Against Racist Violence as Football Fans Target Romani Schoolchildren
Budapest, 12 September 2013: The ERRC is one of a coalition of NGOs calling on Hungarian authorities to fully investigate an incident at a school in Konyár on 5 September, and the police response. A busload of football fans stopped outside the school, which has a large majority of Roma pupils, and which had to dismiss a teacher for racist comments earlier this year...more
Roma Families Forcibly Evicted Against Their Will in Rome, as New Administration Fails to Learn From Mistakes of the Past
Budapest, Rome, 12 September 2013: Around 35 Romani families are being evicted from the informal settlement of Via Salviati, Rome this morning, and taken to a segregated formal camp against their will. Amnesty Italy, Associazione 21 Luglio and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) have observers at the operation, and are concerned that the action does not meet human rights standards or procedural safeguards...more
ERRC Welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s Housing Statement, asks for Positive Solutions for Roma Migrants in London
Budapest, London, 11 September 2013: The European Roma Rights Centre welcomes today’s statement from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing on her visit to the UK. The Special Rapporteur rightly highlighted the housing problems that Gypsy and Traveller communities face, saying that she received “multiple testimonies on the shortage of sufficient, adequate and safe sites for [these] communities across the United Kingdom, many of whom feel this is part of the stigma and discrimination they regularly face from Governments and society as a whole.”...more