On 23 October 2017, the 14th Meeting of the Ad-Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) took place in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Over 90 participants participated, including national experts from 36 member States, various CoE bodies, and representatives from European Union (EU) institutions, international governmental and non-governmental organisations.
On this occasion, Ms Claudia Luciani, Director of Local Democracy and Anti-discrimination Directorate, DGII Democracy presented recent developments at the level of the Council of Europe including administrative changes in the Roma and Travellers Team.
The Committee of Experts discussed impact, outcome and follow-up given to CAHROM thematic visits and thematic reports, Roma Remembrance, Roma History teaching, Dosta! and anti-Gypsyism, Romani arts and Culture. On the second day of the meeting, experts had an exchange of views with the ad hoc rapporteur of the dialogue meeting with Roma and traveller civil society who presented the main conclusions and recommendations of the 4th Dialogue meeting entitled “From education to employment”. Furthermore an update on the current situation as regards the return of Roma to Serbia and other regions of Western Balkans was presented followed by an exchange and open questions session to/from Council of Europe entities and monitoring bodies and CAHROM participants.
Additionally a Photo Exhibition “Do You Have A Dream?” “I Don’t Know…” – Journey of Dom and Abdal from Syria to Gaziantep, Turkey was presented by the author Ms Elmas Arus, president of the Zero Discrimination Association from Istanbul.