Nasc echoes Framework Convention Report in call for specific programmes for Roma

Wed, April 24, 2013

Nasc welcomes the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 3rd Report on Ireland and the Advisory Committee’s recognition of the lack of policies and initiatives specific to the Roma in Ireland. Nasc echoes the recommendations by the Advisory Committee that the Irish government develop specific programmes and initiatives for Roma addressing all the key areas where the Roma community experiences discrimination, including access to health care, employment and housing.

In our work with the Roma community, Nasc has identified that many of the issues facing the Roma community are unique and cannot be conflated with the discrimination the Traveller community experiences. The Advisory Committee noted in the report that, ‘although the Roma are given mention in the title of the National Traveller/Roma Integration Strategy adopted in 2011, and there is some reference to selected initiatives addressing their specific needs, the policy on Roma has not been given due attention by the authorities’, and further that, ‘major problems faced by them [Roma] as regards discrimination, access to health care, employment and housing require focused attention and specific policy measures by the authorities.’

Nasc will be launching a report on the structural discrimination experienced by the Roma in Ireland on 28th May 2013 in Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin. The report, titled ‘In from the margins – Roma in Ireland’ addresses the issues that confront Roma when accessing rights and services. The report is based on over two years of legal clinic work and advocacy, as well as interviews and questionnaires with members of the Roma community. It will be launched by Dr. Bernard Rorke, Research and Advocacy Director, Roma Initiatives Office, Open Society Institute and Dr. Judy Walsh, Director of the Equality Studies Research Centre, UCD School of Justice. Findings and recommendations of the report will be presented by report author and Nasc Roma Rights Officer Claire Larkin.

To find out more information about the launch of the report or to RSVP, click here. To learn more about Nasc’s Roma Rights work, visit our Roma in Ireland campaign page.