Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
The ERTF presented on 19 June 2013 its project for the adoption of a Charter on the Rights of the Roma to the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The presentation conveyed a strong message for raising awareness about the need to acknowledge the vulnerability and the specificities of the Roma community in Europe. It argued the lack of efficiency of the existing legal instruments and was followed by a vivid exchange of views with the 18 experts.
This ambitious initiative orients the ERTF’s efforts towards an effective promotion of the prohibition of discrimination by proposing an extension of the established system of the ECHR to the Roma. After capturing the attention of the Committee on this first presentation, the forum is working to bring the project to a next level.