Civil Society Appeals for Consultation on EU Roma Strategy Development

On the 15th of February 2011, a group of European and Hungarian Romani and non-Romani organisations sent a letter to the Hungarian government, currently holding the EU presidency, and the European Commission, appealing for open consultation with NGOs on EU Roma policy related initiatives.

Recognising the important commitment of the Hungarian Presidency and the European Commission to developing a European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies (Framework), the signatory organisations requested that a schedule of regular meetings be established for NGO consultation in the preparation of the European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies, the Presidency proposal for Council Conclusions on Roma, the February Informal Contact Group Meeting and the April Roma Platform Meeting. The organisations also called on the Hungarian Government and the European Commission to support an International Preparatory Meeting for NGOs in connection to the Roma Platform Meeting in April.

The following organisations signed the joint request:

Amnesty International Magyarország / Amnesty International Hungary

Esélyt a Hátrányos Helyzetű Gyerekeknek Alapítvány / Chance for Children Foundation

Magyar Helsinki Bizottság / Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Magyar Női Érdekérvényesítő Szövetség / Hungarian Women's Lobby

Minority Rights Group Europe

Nemzeti és Etnikai Kisebbségi Jogvédő Iroda / Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities

Open Society Foundations

Phralipe Független Cigány Szervezet / Phralipe Independent Roma Organization


Társaság a Szabadságjogokért / The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

Amalipe Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance

European Roma and Travellers Forum

European Women’s LobbyFederation of Kale, Manouches & Sinti Women / Fédération des femmes cale/kalé, manouches & sinté

European Roma Policy Coalition:

European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network
(European Roma Policy Coalition Chair)


Amnesty International European Institutions Office (European Roma Policy Coalition Co-Chair)


European Roma Rights Centre (European Roma Policy Coalition Co-Chair)


European Network Against Racism

European Roma Information Office

Open Society Foundations

Policy Center for Roma and Minorities

Roma Education Fund

Fundación Secretariado Gitano

Megosztás

Kapcsolódó hírek

"Did you stop my husband because of his skin color?"

We were in Eger once again. Every day, around Verőszala Street, Roma riding on their bikes are fined by the police. Over a one-month period, Csaba has received 150,000 forints (nearly 1,000 dollars) worth of fines. The incident he recounts in our video is expansive because he was riding with his non-Roma wife, who did not have a light on her bike, yet the police stopped him instead of his wife.

‘For whom is this worthwhile?’

Local activists of HCLU (Hungarian Civil Liberties Union) - who operate legal aid service points – have reported numerous times that the poorest people were penalized for petty crimes with massive fines.

Police Brutality Investigated

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, within the context of its Roma Program, is providing legal assistance to a woman and her child, who were manhandled by the police and have issued a formal complaint, as well as the man who rushed to their assistance. The Miskolc Detective District Attorney has ordered an investigation on the suspicion of violent misuse of authority.