Fact Sheet on the situation of Roma and Sinti in Italy

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The ERTF published the Fact sheet on the situation of Roma and Sinti in Italy.

This report highlights the main challenges with access to education, healthcare services housing and public Participation of Roma and Sinti and the proliferation of the Hate speech.

You can download the document here.

ERTF will take part at the 9th CAHROM meeting

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The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) will take part in the 9th meeting of the Ad hoc Committee of Experts for Roma Issues (CAHROM) organised by the Council of Europe on 27th - 29th of May 2015.

The focus of the meeting will be on the situation of Roma in Europe and recent policy developments at national level in the fields of housing, early marriages, Roma children and education, CAHROM’s future thematic work, and recent developments at the international level.

ERTF will provide an update on the situation of the Roma in the Czech Republic and UK, as well as the ERTF views on the “revised concept paper on the creation of a European Roma Institute (ERI)" and on the Information document “Updating the Council of Europe agenda on Roma Inclusion”, the upcoming report on the situation of Roma in Slovenia, the paper on Early Marriages, the Catalogue of the Council of Europe Recommendations on Roma and the analysis of the National Roma Integration Strategies from a gender perspective.

ERTF views on the “revised concept paper on the creation of ERI”

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The ERTF has taken cognisance of the “revised concept paper on the creation of a European Roma Institute”. Since the ERTF has not been asked, officially or unofficially, to comment on this proposal - which we deeply regret – we have, nonetheless, taken the initiative to provide the CAHROM with our views on this proposal.

We would like to state from the outset that the ERTF is in favour of all initiatives which promote the arts, culture and history of the Roma populations. It is however essential that such initiatives have a clear mission and are based on sound policies. This unfortunately is not the case with ERI.

Fact Sheet on Roma/Gypsies/Travellers in UK

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The ERTF published the Fact sheet on the situation of Roma/Gypsies/Travellers in the United Kingdom. This paper highlights the main challenges in terms of access to education, health care services, housing, public participation and the proliferation of hate speech.

The report is available here.

BUCHAREST DECLARATION

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8 April 2015

On the occasion of 8th April, the International Roma Day, the Committee for Human Rights, Cults and National Minorities issues of the Chamber of Deputies, Romanian Parliament met with national and international Roma Organisations to discuss the situation of Roma in Europe.

After this meeting, we, the Romani organizations: The European Roma and Travellers Forum, a partner organisation of the Council of Europe, the International Romani Union, an Organisation holding a consultative status with the United Nations, Partida Romilor “Pro-Europa”, the Roma representative Organisation in Romania and the Alliance of Roma Communities and Organisations for Democracy (ACORD), represented by the Media Institute for Diversity, Romani, agreed to issue the following declaration:

Message on the international Roma Day

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Strasbourg, 7 April 2015: We mark this day by celebrating the rich Romani culture and the diverse contributions of Roma to our societies. On this day, the Roma can stand up and proudly say “We are Roma: this is what we are.”

It is however, also on this day that we recall the constant rejection of the Roma in all countries and in all walks of life. The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) expresses its strong solidarity with all those Roma who still experience extreme poverty, miserable conditions, fear and discrimination in their daily lives. Current conditions are an affront to human dignity everywhere.

ERTF posion on the European Roma Institute (ERI)

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The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), a Europe-wide organisation representing the Roma population which has a Partnership Agreement with the Council of Europe is in favour of all initiatives which aim at presenting a positive image of Roma and which puts their culture in a favourable light.

We would like to express our bewilderment at the fact that consultations of an informal nature on the Creation of a European Roma Institute (ERI) have apparently been underway for quite some time without involvement of the ERTF. Therefore in this particular case the ERTF is unfortunately unable to give a valuable assessment of the initiative to create a European Institute.

ERTF at the European Platform for Roma

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The Vice President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum, Ms Agnes Daroczi participated at the 9th meeting of the European Platform for Roma inclusion which took place on 16 and 17 March 2015 in Brussels. The Platform, which is a forum for thinking and discussion of relevant stakeholders for the integration of Roma people in Europe, aimed at providing a possibility for operational level discussions among stakeholders and reflecting the policy commitment and the position of Roma integration on the EU Member States' national political agendas.