The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is an international public interest law organisation engaging in a range of activities aimed at combating anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma. It works to combat prejudice and discrimination against Roma, and to promote genuine equality of treatment and equality of respect. The approach of the ERRC involves strategic litigation, international advocacy, research and policy development, and human rights training of Romani activists. It was established in 1996.
The ERRC is a co-operating member of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights and has consultative status with the Council of Europe as well as with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. (cf. ERRC Website,, accessed on 16 December 2008)
Target group:
Policy makers and civil society
ERRC activities include “monitoring the human rights situation of Roma in Europe publishing information on human rights abuse of Roma and news about the Romani civil rights movement; providing and supporting legal services, including litigation, to Romani victims of human rights violations; building strategies, based on analyses of existing law and legal services to empower Roma through law and strengthen the network of legal advocates working on behalf of Roma; conducting seminars aimed at the dissemination of information concerning Roma rights and the promotion of change-oriented litigation and law reform; advocating Roma rights in domestic and international governmental and non-governmental settings; maintaining a documentation centre of Roma-related, human rights and legal material; offering scholarships and stipends to Romani students of law and public administration.” (ERRC Website,, accessed on 16 December 2008)
Major sponsors of the ERRC include or have included the following: British Embassy in Budapest; Charity Know How Programme of the Allavida Foundation; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Eurasia Foundation; European Commission; Ford Foundation; Human Rights Project Fund of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom; Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Open Society Institute; Ruben and Elisabeth Rausing Trust. (cf. ERRC Website,, accessed on 16 December 2008)
The ERRC also depends on private donors.
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldavia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
Thematic focus: Access to justice, anti-discrimination laws, coercive sterilisation, discrimination, economic and social rights, education, employment, ethnic statistics, extreme poverty, forced migration, government programmes on Roma, hate speech, health care, housing, human rights defenders, legal defence, media, mobilisation/participation.
Reporting methodology:
“The ERRC has made reliable, fact-based research throughout Central and Eastern Europe, in western European countries, Russia, Ukraine and the Caucauses. […] ERRC reports, advocacy campaigns and legal submissions are grounded in rigorous research undertaken according to tested human rights research methodologies.” (ERRC Website,, accessed on 16 December 2008)
Publication cycle:
ERRC publications include:
- Roma Rights (ERRC journal)
- ERRC News (newsletter to provide an overview of the main work and events realised or initiated by the ERRC)
- Human rights reports/country reports (comprehensive reports on the situation of Roma in one country)
- Thematic reports (dealing with a specific Roma rights issue, based on research in multiple countries)
- ERRC press releases
All publications appear on an irregular basis.
English, Romani, Russian, Turkish;
Country reports are also published in the languages of the countries concerned.
Navigation of website:
COI can be found in the sections:
- Publications
- Research and Policy
- Legal Databases
Additional references:
Wikipedia: European Roma Rights Centre, without date(german) on 17 December 2008)
Wikipedia: European Roma Rights Centre, without date (english) on 17 December 2008)
OSCE / High Commissioner on National Minorities: Press release - European Roma Rights Centre wins 2007 Max van der Stoel prize, 16 October 2007 on 17 December 2008)
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