Transitional Justice for Roma in Europe

State of the Art Report (May 2022), by Rostas, Vosyliūtė and Kalotay
The Chachipen project has produced this State of the Art Report, along with four country reports providing the evidence and baseline for calls for a larger debate on transitional justice with Roma communities, civil society, external scholars and national and EU policy makers, as well as with regional and international human rights bodies.

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.




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