Roma and Travellers
The term “Roma and Travellers” is used at the Council of Europe to encompass the wide diversity of the groups covered by the work of the Council of Europe in this field: on the one hand a) Roma, Sinti/Manush, Calé, Kaale, Romanichals, Boyash/Rudari; b) Balkan Egyptians (Egyptians and Ashkali); c) Eastern groups (Dom, Lom and Abdal); and, on the other hand, groups such as Travellers, Yenish, and the populations designated under the administrative term “Gens du voyage”, as well as persons who identify themselves as Gypsies.
24 Mar 2017 16:24:00
Declaration against anti-Gypsyism: the Congress calls on local and regional authorities to take a standStrasbourg 24 March 2017
At the 32nd Congress Session (28-30 March), a “Declaration of Mayors and Elected Local and...
26 Jan 2017 09:54:00
The Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) organised a thematic visit...
19 Dec 2016 16:35:00Strasbourg 12-13 December 2016
According to latest research, the phenomenon of early/forced marriages is on the increase: from...
29 Nov 2016 12:56:00
Europe’s largest ethnic minority continues to face intolerable discrimination and unequal access to vital servicesStrasbourg 29 November 2016
According to the Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination (EU MIDIS II) Survey by the...
25 Nov 2016 15:10:00
SRSG for Roma highlight the need for governments and public institutions, to address any forms of violence against Roma and Traveller womenStrasbourg 25 November 2016
On the occasion of the international day for the elimination of violence against women, the...
greece, 27 February - 2 march 2017
- JUSTROM Training of trainers for police & Monitoring visits to Athens and Thessaloniki legal clinics
spain, 20-21 february 2017
- Training of Trainers for the police on non-discrimination in Madrid
- Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019)
- Roma-related texts adopted at the Council of Europe
- Estimates on Roma population in European countries
- Descriptive Glossary of terms relating to Roma issues
- First Progress Report (November 2010 - April 2011)
- Roma Youth Action Plan
- Guidelines for Roma Youth Action Plan
- Children's Strategy
What we do
2011 saw a renewed focus on issues concerning Roma issues at the Council of Europe with the creation of a dedicated transversal team led by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues. This structure acts as a hub bringing together the different projects on Roma being undertaken at the Council of Europe following the high-level meeting on Roma. It also builds on the work carried out and results achieved by the Council of Europe in this field, over the past 15 years.
Developing a network of mediators: Mediators build a bridge between Roma communities and the outside world. Their job is to act as "ambassadors of trust" between Roma communities and local public institutions – for example, getting Roma children into local schools, making sure that families get proper health care, helping Roma secure decent housing and find jobs that will bring them out of long term unemployment and back into salaried work.
Council of Europe experts will travel to 15 countries this year to work with specialised trainers and equip the mediators with the additional skills they need to gain full confidence of local public institutions and the Roma community. After the training, the mediators will immediately start putting into practice what they have learned. Progress. will be assessed at a later training session.
The countries so far involved are: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Turkey and Ukraine, with others to follow.
Harvesting and sharing tactics that work: Work has begun on a database where national and local authorities, along with NGOs or anyone working with the Roma, can find the best practices so far in use. The idea is to build a pool of projects and policies that work and that can be adapted for use in different countries and contexts, creating a momentum for continual positive change throughout Europe. In addition, a new committee has been set up – the CAHROM – to bring together government experts at the highest level to exchange experiences and share lessons learnt.
Building confidence in what already works: The Council of Europe has always played a role in setting standards and judgments from the Court of Human Rights have helped make advances in Roma rights. Very often, though, the Roma have difficulties in defending their rights at national level, using the courts. The Council of Europe is now carrying out training sessions for lawyers, reinforcing their skills in this specialised area.
Campaigning to overcome prejudice – Dosta!: Dosta means enough in the Romani language, and is the slogan of the Council of Europe's campaign to change attitudes and get people to discover the true potential of the Roma people. It was launched in Greece in 2011 and will be taken up in Spain, Turkey and Kosovo(1) during the year.
Building from the grassroots: Most of the problems faced by Roma are at the local or regional level and it is there that solutions can and should be found. Therefore, the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has pledged its backing with plans for a dedicated network of these authorities from all over Europe. A first summit of mayors on Roma issues is scheduled to be held on September 22 in Strasbourg.
(1) All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo
Public knowledge about the history and culture of Roma is still marginal among ordinary people. National governments and international organisations are trying to overcome segregation, stigmatisation and marginalisation of the Roma and to integrate them into society. One of the keys for integration is education of both Roma and non-Roma. An integral part of this educational process is mutual knowledge about the common history and culture of Roma and non-Roma in Europe.
For a number of years now, the Support Team has been organising various training sessions, including train-the-trainers sessions, on anti-discrimination and anti-gypsyism for legal professionals and law-enforcement officials. This has been done sometimes in co-operation with the HELP Unit or other units/departments of the Council of Europe. Such training included initial training and in-service training, and has been offered to lawyers, police officers and prison staff.
- The European Convention on Human Rights And Policing: A handbook for police officers and other law enforcement officials
- Council of Europe Assessment of police training needs and practical tools for enhancing the work with Roma and/or Traveller communities
- Second National Action Plan to prevent and combat human trafficking in Ireland
- Effective and Human Rights-Compliant Policing in Roma and Sinti Communities: OSCE/ODIHR Training for Law Enforcement Officers
- FRA training manual Fundamental rights-based police training A manual for police training
Contact : Isabela Mihalache
Internship opportunity at the council of Europe
Call for applications
Intern Position - 6 months or one year paid internship, Council of Europe
Starting date: May 1, 2017
Application deadline: April 10, 2017
Full Or Part Time: Full time
Central European University and the Council of Europe invite applications for two intern positions to be hosted by the Council of Europe as part of the Roma in European Societies (RES) initiative. The positions are for six months or one year. The interns will be placed in different units of the CoE depending on their specialization and interests. The interns will work under the supervision on the hosting head of unit, supporting the implementation of the unit work plan. Selected applicants will receive a grant from CEU to cover their living expenses in Strasburg and travel to and from Strasburg.
The typical responsibilities given to trainees include:
- research work;
- preparation of draft reports and studies for meetings of experts;
- drafting of meeting reports;
- assisting with work in hand;
- contributing to the visibility of the Team’s programmes and dissemination of information (studies, publications, presentations, press releases, etc.)
- preparing information and news for updating websites.
This opportunity is available for graduates of the Roma Access Programs, especially those that obtained an MA degree from CEU or other English language graduate programs from other universities. CEU and CoE expect the candidates to have:
- A very good command of English. Knowledge of French and of any other European languages will be considered a plus
- Experience with office work as a team player full of enthusiasm and eager to learn
- High motivation to develop a career in the chosen area of interest
- Have a desire to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the functioning and activities of the Council of Europe;
- Excellent communication skills
Personal attitudes: initiative and responsibility, result orientation and sense of continuous improvement, concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy, adaptability, self-management and development, organisational alignment.
Personal values: integrity, loyalty and conscientiousness, discretion, independence and confidence, respect for diversity.
Duration and conditions of internships:
6 months or one year
How to apply?
Please send your CV and a cover letter in English explaining why you believe this internship fits you, specifying your main skills and interests, including the area in which you would like to work and how you think the internship would help you develop a career in your area of interest
Please send your complete application package to email@example.com writing in the Subject Line: CEU-CoE Internship.
Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing primarily in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as law, business and public policy. It is located in Budapest, and accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement. CEU offers both Master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1500 students from nearly 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty members from over 40 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English. In 2016, CEU announced the Roma in European Societies initiative (RES) as a collaborative initiative supporting efforts to improve the situation of Roma in all sectors at local, national, and regional levels through teaching, course development and research, leadership development, and community outreach. RES is funded by the Velux Foundations, Roma Education Fund and the Open Society Foundations Roma Initiatives Office over the next five years.
The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading organisation in the protection of human rights, democracy and rule of law. It was founded in 1949 in order to promote greater unity between its members and now includes 47 member states, all having signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights. By Statute, the Council of Europe has two constituent organs: the Committee of Ministers, composed of the member states’ Ministers for Foreign Affairs, and the Parliamentary Assembly, comprising delegations from the national parliaments. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe represents the entities of local and regional self-government within the member states. The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent and impartial institution within the Council of Europe mandated to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in member states. The European Court of Human Rights is the judicial body which oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states.
On the occasion of 8 April, the International Roma Day, the Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues is delighted to present you a photo Exhibition of the Dom and Abdal from Siria to Gaziantep in Turkey.
The exhibition portfolio is available here.
In September 2016, the Dosta! Campaign joined UEFA’s RESPECT Campaign to reinforce the fight against anti-gypsyism, racism and violence and in particular the violence against women and children.
Furthermore it aims to raise awareness of all aspects of racism and discrimination in football among members of the football family, to propose practical solutions addressing the issue of discrimination in football and to share examples of good practices involving different parties in different settings – e.g. clubs, NGOs and fan groups.
Read more here.
Roma women are a quiet but strong force for change, both a change in the fate of their communities' lives, as well as in their condition as women facing multiple discrimination. Empowering Roma women through trainings and international Conferences is among the Council of Europe priorities
CG030(2016) - 20 October 2016
DC139(2016) - 1 September 2016