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Roma housing – outskirts of Shumen, Bulgaria

Roma housing – outskirts of Shumen, Bulgaria © Valeriu Nicolae

Madrid colloquium addresses Roma segregation in housing

In Madrid colloquium on “Roma Segregated Housing as a Human Rights Challenge”, Governments and civil society engaged in “Chatham House rule” discussion on Roma housing segregation and de-segregation policies. Participants of the seminar recognized the need to urgently address the dramatic levels of social exclusion both in rural and urban slums around Europe. Another young generation of Roma living there risks becoming the next "lost generation", lacking the access to the full enjoyment of rights that other Europeans take for granted.

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Participants at seminar on human rights mechanisms and migrants in Brussels © OHCHR Regional Office for Europe

States and UN discuss recommendations regarding rights of migrants

Representatives of 24 EU Member States participate in seminar on human rights mechanisms and migrants on 18 and 19 April 2013.
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Flavia Pansieri - The United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

OHCHR and the EU jointly promote human rights-based approach to development

The annual European Development Days, held on 26-27 November 2013, had an unprecedented focus on human rights-based approach to development (HRBA).
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