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Conference “Roma narratives of the Holocaust: Representation, Remembrance and Collective Memory”

1-2 August 2019 Krakow and Auschwitz (Poland)

An international conference “Roma narratives of the Holocaust: Representation, Remembrance and Collective Memory” will take place at the Pedagogical University of Krakow to commemorate the Warsaw Uprising and to pay respect to the 500,000 Sinti and Roma murdered in Nazi-occupied Europe during the...

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Council of Europe holds first ever international commemoration ceremony for victims of the 2018 series of hate crime attacks in Ukraine

24 June 2019 Odessa

"You can hear from my trembling voice, how close this moment is to my heart”, said moderator Olha Vesnyanka, when more than 100 police officers, human rights experts and police trainers gathered in the Odessa Centre for National Minorities upon the invitation of the Council of Europe. The...

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Regional conference for police officers on combating hate crimes against Roma held in Odessa

04 June 2019 Odessa

On 24-25 June, the Regional Conference "Anti-Roma Hate Crimes as a Challenge for the National Police Forces" took place in the premises of the Odessa State University of Internal Affairs. The conference discussed issues of adequate police response to hate crimes in accordance with Council of...

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Better police training to deter anti-Roma hate crimes

24 June 2019 Strasbourg

A Council of Europe conference in Odessa (Ukraine) from 24-25 June brings together representatives from police forces of Moldova, Slovakia and Ukraine to discuss hate crimes against Roma people in the three countries and how to better prevent such crimes. The two-day meeting will be held in the...

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Meeting in Toulouse

Working towards a recommendation on including Roma and Travellers’ history in school curricula

6 June 2019 Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) will be working towards one of the priorities of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers at its meeting from 11 to 14 June in Toulouse. High on its agenda will be a draft recommendation on the inclusion...

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6th Meeting of the Operational Platform for Roma Equality (“OPRE”)

17 May 2019 Strasbourg

Representatives from equality bodies, human rights institutions met in Bratislava to discuss the rights to quality and inclusive of Roma and Traveller children in the Council of Europe member states The 6th Meeting of the Operational Platform for Roma Equality[1] (“OPRE”) held in Bratislava, 14-...

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Statement by Timo Soini, President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

International Roma Day (8 April 2019)

8 April 2019 Strasbourg

“In Europe today, the treatment of Roma and Travellers remains a major human rights issue. Despite significant efforts from many governments in the member States of the Council of Europe, Roma communities continue to face discrimination, poverty and social exclusion. Access to fundamental rights...

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European states must demonstrate resolve for lasting and concrete change for Roma people

4 April 2019 Commissioner for Human Rights

“On 8 April, we will celebrate International Roma Day. This is a day to celebrate Roma culture and Roma contributions to European societies, and the cultural diversity of Europe. The 8th of April, which commemorates the first World Romani Congress held in London in April 1971, should also be a...

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“Be visible, be strong” : International Roma Women’s Conference in Helsinki

25 March 2019 Espoo (Finland)

In its seventh annual Roma Women's Conference, this year held in Finland, the Council of Europe stresses the importance of "mainstreaming" Roma and Traveller gender equality issues as part of its "Strategy for Gender Equality 2018-2023". The three-day conference, which brings together NGOs,...

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25-27 March 2019

7th International Roma Women’s Conference

13 March 2019 Espoo (Finland)

The Council of Europe contributes to the mainstreaming of Roma and Traveller gender equality issues within the Council of Europe Strategy for Gender Equality 2018-2023, promotes the empowerment of Roma and Traveller women in all spheres, addresses reproductive rights, domestic violence and early...

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