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* ODIHR calls for greater efforts to ensure inclusive education in joint statement with other global and regional human rights organizations

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) joined with other global and regional intergovernmental human rights organizations in calling for greater efforts to ensure inclusive education, in a statement on 13 November 2017 marking the 10th anniversary of the landmark judgment of the European Court of Human Rights on the segregation of Roma children in education.

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* ‘Roma recognized as National Minority in Albania’
By Council of Europe

Albania has officially recognized Roma as official minorities of the country based on the law No.96/2017 Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania. This law came into force on 13 October 2017 by a decision of the Albanian parliament.

This recognition is perceived as an important achievement for Roma in Albania, which gives them the rights that are enshrined in the law and provide their legal status protection.

This law prohibits discrimination based on the following grounds: on cultural, ethic or linguistic. Additionally, Roma can equally and effectively participate in public, cultural, social and economic life. They have the right to education and freedom of expression. They are henceforth also represented in the Committee for National Minorities.

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* Children sold for sex on streets of Govanhill
By The Times

Specialist agencies, social workers, community representatives and residents say that Roma children are being sold for sex by parents and relatives in Govanhill, in the south of Glasgow. They say that the practice has been going on for more than a decade but, as was the case in Rotherham and Rochdale, they believe that a blind eye has been turned by the authorities because of “cultural sensitivities” and fears of being branded racist.

A Roma community worker has confirmed that “prematurely sexualised” children are being abused in Govanhill and explained why the community will never co-operate with the police.

Natalie, who said she did not want her real name to be used, knows Govanhill’s 3,500-strong Roma population better than most. As a specialist support worker she has dealt with the communities and families — most of them from Slovakia and Romania — daily for a number of years…

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* Meeting on Roma Inclusion in Kyiv
By Council of Europe

The Ukrainian Alliance for Roma Inclusion will meet in Kiev on Thursday, 16 and Friday, 17 November 2017 to discuss initiatives on how to improve the inclusion of Roma at local level and regional level.

The meeting will be organized by the Roma and Travellers Team of the Council of Europe in co-operation with the Secretariat of the European Alliance for Cities and Regions for the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Roma Women’s Network “Chiricli”.

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