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October 2009

International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Conference, Cape Town 2009 - Sterilisation and Informed Consent:  Global Legal Challenges and the Way Forward. Read more

March 2009

The Dosta! campaign is inviting schools from Ukraine and Moldova to participate in a competition called “music against stereotypes” : set your mind in motion and make a creative song (music & lyrics) breaking down stereotypes and prejudices against Roma. Announcement in English, Romanian and Ukrainian.

December 2008

Claudio Marta

We are deeply saddened to inform you that Claudio Marta, Italian member of the Committee of Experts on Roma and Travellers (MG-S-ROM) and Professor of Anthropology and Interethnic Relations at the University of Napoli "L'Orientale", has died.

Claudio was very passionate about his work and was involved in many issues, including those concerning Roma, Sinti and Travellers, anthropological and social research, human rights, the fight against racism, and intolerance.

Claudio’s contribution to the work of the MG-S-ROM, of which he was a former Vice-Chair, was invaluable and his dynamic presence and vibrant personality will be sorely missed.

The Roma and Travellers Division and MG-S-ROM offer our sincere condolences to his family at this time.

November 2008

The Abridged Report, Annotated Agenda and List of Participants of the 26th Meeting of the Committee of Experts on Roma and Travellers (MG-S-ROM), which took place in The Hague, Netherlands, from 5-7 November 2008, are available here.

March 2008

Formation sur la Convention Européenne des Droits de l’Homme pour des personnes apportant une assistance juridique aux Roms et aux Gens du voyage, 28 Avril 2008, Cour Europénne des Droits de l’Homme, Strasbourg (only available in French)

February 2008

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS, 154, 4.3.2008 Press release issued by the Registrar


The European Court of Human Rights has today notified in writing its Chamber judgment in the case of Stoica v. Romania (application no. 42722/02).

The Court held unanimously that there had been:
• a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the applicant’s allegation of ill-treatment by the police;
• a violation of Article 3 of the Convention concerning the lack of an effective investigation;
• no violation of Article 13 (right to an effective remedy); and,
• a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) taken in conjunction with Article 3.

Go to the press release


December 2007

New publications:

Youth Video Project Plementina, August-November 2007: Activity Report

ACTIVITY REPORT: « All different, all equal » - Summer camp and Roma Youth Festival, 20-26 August 2007, Ohrid (Under the patronage of Mr. Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe)


Stockholm to host international conference on Romani women’s rights (Press release)

November 2007

  Prize for Municipalities and Launching of the CD: Music Beyond Prejudice, 20 November 2007

June 2007

Equal Rights and Treatment for Roma in South Eastern Europe: Manual on the Project Management Methodology

Dosta! campaign newsletter third issue

May 2007

Evaluation of the impact of the two previous joint programmes “Council of Europe/OSCE-ODIHR/EC “Roma under the Stability Pact I” and “European Commission/Council of Europe/OSCE-ODIHR Project “Roma under the Stability Pact II”, May 2007

Evaluation Report of the joint Council of Europe/European Commission projects: Roma under the Stability Pact I and II in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

February 2007

Dosta! campaign  video-interview to Mr. Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights

Dosta! Campaign video interview to Mr. Terry Davis, Council of Europe Secretary General

Tool for fighting stereotypes

Campaign toolkit

How to campaign


January 2007

Download the leaflet of the Roma and Travellers Division (PDF)  

Glossary on Roma and Travellers available through our website

Dosta! campaign TV spots now available on-line

The situation of Roma School Mediators and Assistants in Europe, 2006


October/November 2006

Fortnight of Roma Cinema, Strasbourg

  International Day of Tolerance : statement by CoE leaders

Council of Europe Training Roma to combat human trafficking

Dosta! Video competition: Tony Gatlif President of the Jury

Council of Europe to raise awareness on Roma in Southern Eastern Europe, The International Herald Tribune

Council of Europe Roma rights conference to feature key Albanian government support, Press release

Week on Romaphobia, Strasbourg



September 2006

Open day at Council of Europe: Dosta! campaign is among the protagonists of this event!

Our calendar of activities is updated

Interview with Ms Livia Jaroka, European Parliament member, on Dosta! campaign

Interview with the Commissioner of Human Rights on Dosta! campaign (en anglais)


May 2006

Dosta campaign website is now available!!! Visit it at:

10th Study session for lawyers: Programme, poster, moot trial exercice, opening speech by Mrs. Maria Ochoa Llidò

List of new documents online:

    International Confrence on the Implementation and Harmonization of National Policies on Roma, Sinti and Travellers “Guidelines for a Common Vision”, Bucharest, 4 and 5 May 2006    
         Roma access to social services, 2006
         Housing for Roma in Central and Eastern Europe: Facts and proposals; May 2006
           Roma Rights, Racial Discrimination and ESC Rights: a document prepared by Mr. Claude Cahn, Programme Director of the European Roma Rights Center, 2005
           Housing Policy in the Slovak Republik: presentation by Ms Klára Orgovánová – Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for Roma Community, May 2006
           Enhancing the employability of the disadvantaged job applicants at the labour market in Slovak Republik: May 2006

Pilot Project of the Police Specialists for the Work with Communities, May 2006

European Roma Law enforcement initiative, May 2006

Roma in the latest Social Cohesion Newsletter

April 2006

8 April: International Roma Day. Statement by Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, Mrs. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio

"Europeans must learn more about Roma": Statement by Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, on the occasion of the International Roma Day

Awareness raising campaign on Roma: we look for trainees! Within the framework of Dosta Awareness raising campaign we are looking for trainees who are studying or have experience in communication techniques and new technologies. The traineeships are not remunerated but they offer the opportunity of having a first contact with an international organization, to know how it works and to contribute to the developpment of the Campaign. Send your CV and a letter of motivation to:

March 2006


Awareness raising campaign: “Equal Rights and treatment for Roma: DOSTA”

The situation of Roma School Mediators and Assistants in Europe, 2006, Document prepared by DGIV Education

A CoE delegation is interested in the position of Roma in Gjilan, Kosovo (from ZERI newspaper, 3 March 2006)


February 2006

Human Rights Commissioner: Final report on the human rights situation of the Roma, Sinti and Travellers in Europe, 15 February 2006

Les Roms, premières cibles du racisme en Roumanie: publication d'un rapport de l'ECRI, 21/02/2006 (only French)

Press release issued by the Registrar, CHAMBER JUDGMENT D.H. AND OTHERS v. THE CZECH REPUBLIC, 7.2.2006

10th study session for persons involved in providing legal assistance to Roma and Traveller communities


January 2006

Council of Europe Secretary General marks the Holocaust Remembrance Day

Strasbourg, 26 January 2006 – “we need deeds, not words” declared Terry Davis on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “61 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Europe is not yet free of racism, anti-Semitism, prejudice against Roma or homophobia. If anything, it has added new forms of intolerance such as Islamophobia and to this shameful list”

“The fight against all forms of discrimination is one of the key priorities of the Council of Europe. Our legal instruments, monitoring mechanisms and awareness-raising campaigns are tools to tackle all forms of this evil” concluded the Secretary General.


December 2005

First Roma and Travellers Forum Plenary Assembly to be held at Council of Europe from 13 to 15 December: Press release
    Photo Gallery

CHAMBER JUDGMENT BEKOS AND KOUTROPOULOS v. GREECE, Press release issued by the Registrar, 13.12.2005


October 2005

The International Conference on the Implementation of Policies/Action Plans for Roma, Sinti and Travellers, and Measures Against the Anti-Gypsyism Phenomenon in Europe took place in Warsaw on 20-21 October 2005. The Conference was jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia as the Chair-in-Office of the OSCE in 2005, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior and Administration of Poland, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE-ODIHR), the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) and the Council of Europe. Some of the main documents of this conference are available in our "Thematic Reports and Documentation" session, under "Discrimination".

Joint UNHCR/Council of Europe workshop on "Access to Human Rights, including Social and Economic Rights, for Refugees, IDPs and Minority Groups in Serbia and Montenegro", Belgrade, 18-19 October 2005. The working documents are available in our "Thematic Reports and Documentation" session, under "Refugees".