Viewpoint: Valeriu Nicolae – Football embraces the fight against anti-gypsyism

In his first ‘Viewpoint’ article, Valeriu Nicolae, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Roma Issues, discusses his experience of the transformative power of football for young Roma children.

Hungary: Experts raise alarm over authorities’ promotion of “benevolent segregation” of Roma school children

“Alarmingly, discrimination of Roma children has deepened, in particular as a result of the approach of “benevolent segregation” promoted by the authorities by which Roma children are expected to ‘catch up’ in separate Roma classes before their supposed inclusion in the mainstream education,” states a report published today by the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

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.