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Conference: Tackling racism and anti-Roma discrimination in the EU’s criminal justice systems

FT Admin - November 16, 2020

Fair Trials will host a virtual conference Tackling racism against and anti-Roma discrimination in the EU’s criminal justice systems, which will take place over two days in December 2020:

  • Monday 7 December, 13:30-16:30 GMT/14:30-17:30 CET/08:30-11:30 EST

  • Tuesday 8 December, 13:30-16:30 GMT/ 14:30-17:30 CET/08:30-11:30 EST

Register for this event if you want to attend any of the panels that will take place over the two days.

Research into racism against Roma in criminal justice systems

Across the world, the movement to fight racial disparities in criminal justice systems has been gaining momentum, and there is increasing awareness that structural racism leads to discriminatory criminal justice outcomes for various racial and ethnic groups.  

Racial prejudice is widespread in societies throughout across Europe, and given the long history of persecution and continuing prevalence of socio-economic challenges, Roma are especially vulnerable to harmful stereotyping and negative societal attitudes.  However, there is only limited acceptance in many EU Member States that such attitudes are responsible for discriminatory criminal justice outcomes, and that more action is needed to fight racism not just in the police, but also throughout the legal system.  

In order to highlight how anti-gypsyism* affects criminal justice outcomes for Roma, Fair Trials has collaborated with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, APADOR-CH, and Rights International Spain to research attitudes and perceptions of various stakeholders in criminal justice systems of four countries. This research exposes worrying levels of anti-gypsyism amongst criminal justice professionals, and a closer insight into how Roma face discrimination in criminal proceedings. 

About the conference 

This event will bring together criminal justice experts, anti-racism activists, practising lawyers, and policy-makers from across Europe and beyond to discuss:

  • how racism and anti-gypsyism affect criminal justice systems in Europe; 

  • the main findings of Fair Trials’ research on anti-gypsyism amongst criminal justice professionals;

  • discriminatory policing and its impact on Roma and other minority ethnic communities; 

  • prevalence of racial prejudice in criminal justice professions and their potential impact on defence rights; and 

  • potential strategies for tackling racism in criminal justice systems and lessons to be learnt from other jurisdictions. 

Schedule

Session 1: Understanding Racial Discrimination and Anti-Gypsyism in Criminal Justice Systems

7 December 13:30-15:00 GMT/ 14:30-16:00 CET

Speakers: Marek Balaz, Mustafa Yakupov and others to be confirmed.

Session 2 Racism, Anti-Roma Discrimination and Policing

7 December 15:30-16:30 GMT/ 16:30-17:30 CET

Speakers: Anthony Drummond and others to be confirmed.

Session 3Criminal proceedings and lawyers in the fight against discrimination

8 December 13:30-14:30 GMT/ 14:30-15:30 CET

Speakers to be confirmed.

Session 4: Finding Solutions and Tackling Emerging Challenges

8 December 15:00-16:30 GMT/ 16:00-17:30 CET

Speakers: Benjamin Ignac and others to be confirmed.

Registration

Register for this event if you want to attend any of the above sessions. Check this page for updates about speakers and more details about each session. 

If you are a journalist and would like an embargoed copy of our report prior to the conference, please email [email protected]

*We use the term ‘anti-gypsyism’ because it covers racism and discrimination against Roma, Sinti and travellers and is favoured by the European Commission and many Roma rights activists. We are aware that there are differences of opinion about this term and are open to feedback about this and other terms we use when talking about these issues.

This event is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). 

 

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please call the media team on +44 (0) 7749 785 932 or email [email protected]

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