Police and Roma: Towards Safety for Multi-Ethnic Communities (2004-present)
The programme has three main strands
The programme is being coordinated by the UK-based NGO European Dialogue on behalf of the Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues (CPRSI) at the ODIHR/OSCE. European Dialogue is working in partnership with the CPRSI, the OSCE Strategic Police Matters Unit, Governments of participating OSCE states, ethnic minority NGOs and other relevant bodies to implement the programme activities.
Policing and Roma: resource manual a compilation of documents to support the implementation of the OSCE Action for Roma and Sinti
This resource manual contains key documents in the field of policing and Roma to support the implementation of the OSCE Action Plan for Roma and Sinti. Outlines the OSCE Action Plan for Roma and Sinti: Recommendations on Policing and the OSCE programme of activities on Roma and Sinti. Covers such areas as human rights and the police; codes of practice for the police; police training; partnership building; European case-law on Roma and policing; and practical measures for improving relations between police and minorities.
The assessment programme has been organised by the Institute of Research and Crime Prevention (ICPC) in partnership with the Romanian Roma NGO Romani Criss, with the assistance of experts working with European Dialogue.
The systematic assessment focuses on the existing progress and problems in relations between Roma and the Police in Romania, as identified by both police and the Roma community. Following two preparatory workshops, training for the assessors by international experts took place in November 2005, with a support visit in March 2006.
Download The systematic assessment of policing policy and practice relating to Roma: guidance for use in OSCE participating states which sets out a recommended methodology for OSCE participating states to undertake a systematic self-assessment of their policing policy and practice relating to Roma and Sinti communities, in order to assist implementation of Recommendation 30 of the OSCE Action Plan on Roma and Sinti Issues.
The workshop brought together representatives from Roma and other ethnic minority NGOs, members of the police and prosecution service, the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry for Regional Development and a number of international experts in the field of policing and ethnic minorities.
The aim was to identify the key issues that currently affect ethnic minority communities and especially Roma, in relation to policing and criminal justice, to exchange national and international experience of good practice in this field and to identify further steps to be taken to resolve these issues.
The workshop was co-funded and co-ordinated by European Dialogue through its Ethnic Minorities and Access to Justice in the Russian Federation project which provided expertise and experience.
A workshop was held in June 2006 to identify policing issues and current practices relating to Roma in the region covered by the OSCE policing missions in the Balkans. The workshop was organised by the Police Development Department of the OSCE Mission in Skopje, Macedonia, in association with the Ministry of Interior of FYROM.