Friday, 10 October 2014

Inserom project -- improving the knowledge of Roma people of their civic and social rights

In everyday life, whether in the media, in social relations, in political speeches, we can see that Roma are often victims of violence and various discriminations: their access to health services, education, employment, housing, etc., is limited. Roma themselves are frequently not aware of their rights and this lack of knowledge has negative consequences for that population.

Given this situation, the Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH) has, since January 2013, carried out the Inserom project with the aim to improve the knowledge of Roma people of their civic and social rights. To do this, we worked in collaboration with four European partners: the Human Rights League (France), the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA) in Spain, Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure (Bemis) in Scotland, the Czech Helsinki Committee (CHC) in the Czech Republic.

A toolkit was developed during this project, that AEDH is pleased to offer you. Consisting in two tools, this kit aims to give keys to intermediaries, volunteers or professionals who work with Roma communities, in order to enable them to access their rights.

The Reference book provides information on the legislative framework about the rights of the Roma people in Europe. This information is available and specific for each partner country - UK, France, Czech Republic and Spain - and is based on field experience of the partners with the Roma communities.

The trainer's guide is intended for trainers, activists and professionals working with Roma populations, in order to support their work and facilitate the access to the information. It should allow to design and implement a training program in relation with the Reference book. It will be helpful for those involved with Roma communities and for Roma themselves.

These tools are also available on the website, in French, English, Spanish and Czech.

We invite you to discover the toolkit and to share it with those you believe might be interested in it. Indeed, we hope these two guides will be used by many in order to make the Roma people more aware of their civil and political rights.

Yours faithfully,
Camille Gilissen
Project Officer / Chargée de projets
Association Européenne pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme
European Association for the Defence of Human Rights
Rue de la Caserne, 33
1000 Brussels
phone: +32(0)25112100
fax: +32(0)25113200
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