Valeriu Nicolae appointed new Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues

Nicolae brings a rich and diverse experience to the team. Prior to taking office as Special Representative, he worked as State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly within the Romanian Government. Previously, he has held high-level positions at major international non-governmental human rights organisations, such as the World Vision, Open Society Institute and the network of European Roma NGOs (ERGO).

Podcast: Thorbjørn Jagland to honour victims of Roma Holocaust

The 2 August event marks the 72nd anniversary of the gas chamber massacre of more than 3,000 Roma people in 1944.

Slovakia: Court ruling on police abuse of Roma teen complaint

According to the European court, the alleged slapping of 16-year old Roma in police custody was not proven but the related investigation was inadequate.

Czech Republic: Minorities rights experts highlight “limited progress” in tackling school segregation of Roma children

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “Ensuring Roma children have adequate access to education is essential to combat discrimination of Roma people in all areas of society. The Czech Republic has made some progress, but it needs to do more.”

Hungary: Court backs woman’s complaint against authorities’ failed ‘Roma-phobia’ inquiry

Judges ruled today that a failure to investigate adequately threats and insults made during an anti-Roma march in Hungary breached European human rights law.