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Roma recognized as a National Minority in Albania

headline 17 November 2017 Strasbourg

Roma in Albania are officially recognized as a national minority according to law No.96/2017 on the “Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania”, which was adopted on 13 October 2017 by the Albanian parliament. Following several advocacy initiatives, debates, public hearings and...

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16-17 November 2017

Meeting on Roma Inclusion in Kyiv

headline 15 November 2017 Strasbourg

The Ukrainian Alliance for Roma Inclusion will meet in Kiev on Thursday, 16 and Friday, 17 November 2017 to discuss initiatives on how to improve the inclusion of Roma at local level and regional level. The meeting will be organized by the Roma and Travellers Team of the Council of Europe in...

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14th Meeting of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM)

30 October 2017 Strasbourg

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...

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Training of the staff of the female prison of Sliven, Bulgaria

headline 6 November 2017 Strasbourg

From 31 October to 2 November 2017, the Roma and Travellers Team organised training for 25 staff members of the sole female prison in Bulgaria. The training provided an overview of various penitentiary systems in Europe, ways of tackling non-discrimination, LGBT-phobia and anti-gypsyism. The...

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Council of Europe pledge to promote gender equality for Roma and Traveller women in politics

6 November 2017 Strasbourg

Participants attending a Council of Europe conference on Roma and Travellers are pledging to promote gender equality for Roma and Traveller women in politics. The Council of Europe pledge takes into account that electoral quotas are often an effective means of achieving significant, rapid...

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The Winners of the 6th “Dosta! Congress Prize for Municipalities’’ focused on education and youth

headline 19 October 2017 Strasbourg

Today, the Turkish municipality of Şişli won the 6th “Dosta! Congress Prize for Municipalities”, for a project aiming at revising anti-discrimination policies and measures through a holistic approach involving Roma and non-Roma participation. The “Dosta! Congress Prize for Municipalities”...

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Open Call for the 6th Roma Women Conference

headline 20 September 2017 Strasbourg

SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF ROMA[1] WOMEN’S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 6-7 November 2017 Strasbourg, France Since 2003, the Roma Women’s conferences have provided the opportunity for Roma women to address, on the international stage, the...

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Raoul Wallenberg prize 2018

headline 19 September 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize 2018 Since 2014, the Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize is awarded every two years in order to reward extraordinary humanitarian achievements by a single individual, a group of individuals or an organisation. The prize consisting of 10 000 € will be...

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Council of Europe honours victims of Roma Holocaust

2 august 2017 Strasbourg

Today in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe held a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony in memory of Roma victims of the Holocaust. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of 2 August, 1944, when some 3,000 Roma were exterminated in the gas chambers of the so-called “Zigeunerlager” (Gypsy camp) at...

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Conference: Social Engagement for Social Inclusion

headline 25 July 2017 Strasbourg

The FXB Field Education Internship Program is a university-wide program established in 2014 at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The FXB Field Education Internship Program engages Harvard students in global community service and bridges connections between academia and practice in a...

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New project of the European Commission and Council of Europe on inclusive education for Roma children

INSCHOOL

headline 18 July 2017 Strasbourg

The starting point of the project “Inclusive schools: making a difference for Roma children” is based on the main assumption that it is not enough to draw up policies of change. Change needs to be reflected at school level and in the environment of the children and there is often a gap between...

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ERIAC media coverage Report

headline 29 June 2017 Strasbourg

The new European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) committed to establishing the artistic and cultural presence of Europe’s 12 million Roma people was launched on 8 June 2017 in Berlin. Since then many media has reported on ERIAC and its dedication to the principle that Roma themselves...

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Statement of the SRSG’s for Roma issues on the recent event in the Primary School of Aharnes in the town of Menidi (Greece)

headline 13 June 2016 Strasbourg

It is with great sadness that I heard of the death of young Mario during a school festival at the 6th Primary School of Aharnes in the town of Menidi last week. My sincere condolences to the family. The tragic circumstances which led to the death of Mario, is a grim reminder of the dangers...

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The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture Launches in Berlin

headline 8 June 2017 Strasbourg

A new institute committed to establishing the artistic and cultural presence of Europe’s 12 million Roma people was launched today in Berlin – dedicated to the principle that Roma themselves should present the image of who they are, and who they are not. The new European Roma Institute for Arts...

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4th meeting of the Operational Platform for Roma Equality

headline 12 May 2017 Strasbourg

15-16 May, Paris, France: 4th meeting of the Operational Platform for Roma Equality (OPRE) which includes the Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET) and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions...

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Statement of the SRSG for Roma issues on the blaze at a Roma camp in Italy which killed Roma children

headline 12 May 2017 Strasbourg

It is with great sadness and regret that I learned about the events which led to the tragic death of three young girls this week in the Roma camp in the Centocelle district of Rome. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims. I would like to take the...

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Identity and Leadership Seminars: Where I failed and where we failed by Valeriu Nicolae

headline 5 May 2017 Strasbourg

On Friday, May 5, 2017 Valeriu Nicolae, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues (SRSG) was a guest speaker at the Identity and Leadership Seminars of the Roma Access Programmes of the Central European University. In his lecture, the SRSG talked about the Roma identity...

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Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level

ROMACTED Programme to kick off in the Western Balkans and Turkey

headline 5 May 2017 Strasbourg

ROMACTED, “Promoting good governance and Roma empowerment at local level”, is a Joint Programme between the European Union (DG NEAR) and the Council of Europe. The programme will be implemented by the Council of Europe’s Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma...

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Visit of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) to Austria

headline 4 May 2017 Strasbourg

Experts from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Slovak Republic and Switzerland examined and discussed the situation regarding those languages in their respective countries. In several of these countries, languages spoken by Roma, Sinti, Kaale and...

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Portuguese government to take over ROMED2 in 2018 for several new municipalities

headline 12 April 2017 Strasbourg

The series of encouraging developments began with the ROMED2 National Workshop in Seixal on 5 April, with the participation of municipalities involved in ROMED2 since 2013 but also two new municipalities (Viseu and Agueda) interested in taking on the ROMED2 approach to Roma participation. On the...

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