Transitional Justice for Roma in Europe
State of the Art Report (May 2022), by Rostas, Vosyliūtė and Kalotay
In this State of the Art Report, Dr. Iulius Rostas, Lina Vosyliute and Marton Kalotay, provide a historical perspective of antigypsyism and the ways in which it continues to impact the delivery of equality, non-discrimination and justice for Roma in Europe. We explore standards applicable to Truth and Reconciliation Processes (TRPs) and other transitional justice-like tools. They further question to what extent and under what conditions various transitional justice tools addressing historical antigypsyism are capable of delivering justice, equality and inclusion of Roma in European societies.
They map existing literature on antigypsyism – what have been the gravest manifestations of antigypsyism in Europe? Then, they explore the right to know, the right to the truth and the right to justice as the moral foundations for addressing structural injustice.
Instead of conclusions, they open more questions to be explored, considering how transitional justice tools have been used in Europe and elsewhere. What lessons have been learned? And how can these tools be used by Roma and pro-Roma rights activists as a way to address the historically rooted antigypsyism in Europe?
You can access the report here.
Webinar: Roma and Memorialization: Advancing Recognition and Remedy for the Dark Chapters of the Past and their Impact on the Present
This international stocktaking roundtable invites us to examine the current state of recognition of the dark chapters of history related to antigypsyism. The event will explore how the legacies of this historically-rooted structural form of racism against Roma are impeding the right to know and the right to truth and justice.
Experiences, lessons learned and recommendations considering the Swedish Commission against Antiziganism 2014-2016. Chachipen has produced four country reports that provide the evidence and baseline for the calls for a larger debate on transitional justice.
A new book ‘Dimensions of Antigypsyism in Europe’, edited by Ismael Cortés and Markus End, published by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, sheds light on the complex and different dimensions of this specific form of structural racism in Europe.
The Alliance against Antigypsyism has recently published two policy papers, putting forward recommendations to combat antigypsyism in future EU and national policies, as well as concrete measures to combat antigypsyism.
The document ‘Antigypsyism – a reference paper’ proposes a working definition of antigypsyism, that reflects a broad but systematic understanding of the phenomenon. The paper explores characteristics and background of antigypsyism, as well as the dimensions along which it manifests itself.