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5th OPRE Meeting

15-16 May 2018
Strasbourg 31 May 2018
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5th OPRE Meeting

The 5th OPRE Platform was collaborately organised with the 6th CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUINET Collaborative Platform on Social and Economic Rights (“4Social Rights Platform”) which was hosted by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in Belfast 15-16 May 2018. The 1st Joint Meeting of the 4Social Rights and the “OPRE” platforms initiated a debate on the protection of the rights to accommodation of Travellers and the rights to housing of Roma and highlighted the human cost of evictions of both Travellers and Roma.

The COE-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUINET Operational Platform for Roma Equality (OPRE) was launched in January 2015, for the purpose of bringing together national, European and international human rights and equality institutions to work on strengthening Roma and Traveller rights protection in Europe by fighting discrimination, protecting and promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law .

Its strength lies in the collaborative effort of its partners, by raising awareness on the human rights situation of Roma, by promoting evidence-based data, best practices and recommendations on Roma human rights and by enhancing the capacities of equality and human rights bodies to address Roma and Travellers rights violations.

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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.The present is an explanatory footnote, not a definition of Roma and/or Travellers.

Tools and texts of reference Tools and texts of reference
Roma women Roma women

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

Anti-discrimination training Anti-discrimination training

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.

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Contact : Isabela Mihalache

Roma and Travellers Team Roma and Travellers Team
Expert Seminar Expert Seminar
roma lgbti conference roma lgbti conference
Dialogue meeting with Roma and Traveller civil society Dialogue meeting with Roma and Traveller civil society
database of policies and good practices database of policies and good practices

Online European Database on Roma-related policies and good practices

DATABASE - website

Contacts: Malgorzata Rozycka

Romani History and Culture Romani History and Culture

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.

Archive Archive

The following websites contain a wealth of reference texts and materials, which will be gradually moved onto the new Roma website: 

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