Reasearch and Advocacy 

The ERRC’s extensive research programme has provided reliable data about the human rights situation of Roma. The focus includes racially-motivated violence against Roma and the impact of individual practices and structural forms of discrimination on the access of Roma to economic and social rights. This work aims to assess the impact of law and policy and contribute to awareness-raising, policy development and strategic litigation.

The ERRC works to ensure that human rights issues facing Romani communities are firmly on the political agenda in Europe and beyond.

Some recent and ongoing ERRC campaigns include support for: effective state responses to violence and hate speech against Roma; school desegregation; an end to forced evictions and other housing rights abuse; implementation of comprehensive anti-discrimination law; justice for victims of coercive sterilisation; and Romani women’s rights.

The ERRC is involved in a number of NGO coalitions, which pursue joint advocacy goals:

In recent years, the ERRC has conducted research on the human rights situation of Roma and produced a number of reports on behalf of European institutions, including:

Destroying Progress / Progressing Destruction: EU Romani Women and Children in France

16 September 2014

This report examines the effect of human rights violations on Roma from Romania living in France, with a special focus on the situation of women and children. Participatory research for the report was conducted in early 2014 with six Romani research assistants. The findings show that EU Roma living in France experience disproportionate levels of poverty, continue to live in inadequate housing conditions, and have low access to social benefits and low awareness of rights. 

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SPOTLIGHT ON FRANCE: Targeted Evictions and Deportations of Roma

19 August 2010


Update: ERRC submits additional documentation of French violations of EU Law to European Commission during final days of legal consideration. Media inquiries: sinan.gokcen@errc.org (+36.30.500.1324).

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Destroying Progress/Progressing Destruction: EU Romani Women and Children in France

16 September 2014

This report specifically addresses the situation of EU Romani citizens from Romania living in informal settlements in France and does not deal with the particular human rights concerns of Roma from other EU and non-EU countries or French Roma, Sinti, Gens du Voyage, Manouche, etc. 

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