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2  Who are we? What do we do? ◦ EUROPEAN network gathering the main ANTIRACIST NGOs from 30 countries ◦ Structure European civil society against racism, antisemitism and racial discrimination ◦ Implementing GRASSROOTS actions in Europe ◦ Lobbying EU institutions ◦ Empowering leaders of the MOVEMENT with training and networking

3 Main actions

4  European Mobilisation to raise awareness and denounce racial discrimination in Europe  Training organizations on discriminations and Testing  Testing discrimination in nightlife places, on housing and job markets ◦ Ex : In 2014, we tested discrimination in 8 countries, 25% of discrimination  Working with local authorities for concrete solutions

5 Illustration :

6  Mobilizing the European Society against neonazism and for democracy in Greece ◦ We are all Greek Jews campaign, signed by Nobel Prize winners and published in 25 countries ◦ 10 000 people demonstration in central Athens

7  Protecting civil liberties in Hungary ◦ Lobbying the European Parliament to denounce civil liberties violations ◦ European Meeting for democracy in Budapest, November 2013

8 European Delegation to the Commemorations of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey ◦ Delegation of European leaders and Armenian Diaspora leaders to Turkey ◦ Meeting Turkish civil society and Youth leaders ◦ Commemorating the Armenian Genocide ◦ Working together for recognition

9 Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide in Istanbul, April 24 th 2014

10 European Seminar on the History of the Holocaust and Nazi Persecutions against the Roma people.  1 week training on historical issues for leaders of Roma and antiracist NGOs  60 leaders from 39 organizations from 27 countries  Exchanging expertise in fighting anti-Semitism and racism against the Roma communities

11 InstitutionsActivities European CommissionConstant work with DG Justice, several meetings with about 20 European high Civil servants. European ParliamentMeetings and connections with about 300 MEPs. We are all Greek Jews Campaign Lobbying campaign for the adoption of Tavares report on Hungary – Contact with all MEPs. Council of EuropeConstant work with the Roma and Travellers department, Commissioner for Human Rights, ECRI, President with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. National Decision Makers Several meetings with high level politicians : French Ministries, MPs and Presidency, Greek PM and main party leaders, Norwegian Ministers and MPs… High level of political support Nobel Prize Winners support (Elie Wiesel, Dario Fo), European leaders support (Bernard Kouchner, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Adam Michnik, Jovan Dijvak)

12  Group of experts and organizations specialized in Human Rights violations and litigation established in December 2013  First fieldwork led in Kiev, Ukraine  Interviews, reports, collecting evidences  Report on Human Rights Violations during Maidan violence submitted to International organizations (CoE, UN, OSCE, Ukrainian gov)

13 Maidan Square, Ukraine, Feb 2014

14  Context : ◦ Rise in racial discrimination and racist violence ◦ Local authorities can act  Objectives : ◦ Share best local policies practices against racism and racial discrimination. ◦ Create long term partnerships between European civil society and local authorities. ◦ Make local policies design and implementation easier and more efficient.  40 local authorities and 35 NGOs involved  Outcomes : ◦ Meetings between stakeholders to exchange best practices – European Guide of Best practices ◦ Conduct project together : training of local civil societies on Testing, Roma Pride ◦ Advice in policy making

15 Roma Pride European mobilization for the dignity of Roma people

16 Roma Pride :  Mobilization that takes place in several countries on the same day, 1st week end of October  It is both a cultural and political mobilization Objectives :  Promote the diversity of Roma cultures  Denounce racism, discrimination and hardships faced by Roma communities  Call for equality, equal enjoyment of rights and equal dignity for all

17 Coordinated by EGAM at the European level European Roma Pride Manifesto : “For the Dignity of Roma People in Europe : Roma Pride !” published in 15 newspapers in 15 countries. Organized locally by a Roma organization and an antiracist NGO, member of EGAM. It allows to launch an alliance between Roma and non-Roma organizations for: ◦ Better mutual understanding ◦ Exchange of expertise ◦ Enhancement of institutional and political protection and power. National coalitions can then be broadened with other HR NGOs, influential artists and intellectuals.

18  June each year  Sofia 2012, Bucharest 2011 and 2013, Prague 2014  Representatives of 30 Roma and antiracist organizations from 16 countries  Receive Training on Roma histories, and contemporary challenges  Worked on the shape mobilization and exchanged on best activities to be implemented

19  Bulgaria OrganizationsAmalipe Centre Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Activities 2 day film festival on Roma cultures and histories Series of concerts, exhibitions, shows, contests, cultural programs in 11 cities in Bulgaria

20  Czech Republic OrganizationsKonnexe Czech Helsinki Committee Activities March along the riverside to the Old Town Panel discussion Ecumenical Service

21  Denmark OrganizationsSOS Mod Racism New Roma Organization in Denmark ActivitiesScreening of the documentary “The forgotten genocide” followed by debate and meeting with journalists

22  Estonia OrganizationsEstonian institute for Human Rights North Estonian Roma Association ActivitiesRoundtables between NGOs and government officials on Roma issues in Estonia : education, culture, living conditions.  Italy OrganizationSOS Razzismo ActivitiesExhibition of photographs on the Roma community in « city alternative economy » in Rome and debates.

23  France OrganizationsSOS Racisme UFAT ActivitiesConcerts of Gypsy Bands directed by Tony Gatlif and Yvan Le Bolloch’ Political speeches

24  Montenegro OrganizationsCivic Alliance ActivitiesPublic awareness raising initiatives : Gathering on public square, discussion with the public, role models.

25  NorwayPoland OrganizationsRoma People Association in Poland ActivitiesWorkshops for youth in the Krakow region on History and Memory of the Roma Genocide OrganizationsThe Norwegian Antiracist Centre ActivitiesReport on Racism, discrimination and living conditions of Roma people in Olso Followed by press conference and debates

26  SerbiaTurkey OrganizationsDurDe! Romankara ActivitiesScreenings of the documentary on the Roma Genocide the « Forgotten Genocide » followed by panel discussions and debates in Istanbul and Izmir OrganizationsRegional Centre for Minorities ActivitiesWorkshops, debate, screening and concert at the Rex Cultural Centre, belgrade

27 Vienna, Austria

28 Prague, Czech Republic

29 Paris, France

30 22 2012 – 2013 Initiatives Budapest, Hungary

31  Structured mobilization of European and national civil societies in the defense of Roma Rights ◦ End of Ataka’s demonstrations in Bulgaria ◦ Large demonstrations in Romania, Czech Republic and Hungary  Several public events in many countries in Europe in order to raise awareness among the general population and decision makers on situations faced by Roma communities ◦ Mobilization in Sweden against Police profiling  Direct media attention and advocacy activities in order to obtain legal improvements and changes in policy making ◦ Ex : loi 1969 in France  More empowered and protected national Roma and non-Roma NGOs (training, European dimension, exchange of expertise)

32  Preparatory Meeting : Prague, Starting today for 4 days – 16 countries – 24 NGOs – 40 participants. Including grassoots actions in Czech Republic : Commemorations in Lety, Working in Usti ghetto  Roma Pride : 2013 : 10 countries Objective for 2014 : 20 countries, October 5th 2014 Working with local authorities Improve Roma communities’ involvment

33 Thank you Bucharest, Romania

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