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Roma in Europe - a human rights challenge

Our guest, Thomas Hammarberg has spent decades working with human rights in Europe and worldwide. Most recently, he held the post as the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Council of Europe between 2006 and 2012. Hammarberg has also worked with defending human rights as the former General Secretary for the Olof Palme International Centre, Amnesty International, Save the Children and as a Swedish diplomat. The 25th of October (same day as the lecture) he is awarded an honorary doctorate at the department of Social Science at the University of Gothenburg.  

The newly discovered illegal registry of Roma created by the Swedish police is only one example of violation of human rights in Europe. Roma and travellers are denied basic human rights in many European countries. Many are forced to live under terrible conditions, often without electricity and water. Those without papers are often denied the access to health care. When it comes to education and work, they remain far behind others and the unemployment among Roma people is sky-high.

Earlier Event: September 27
Pussy Riot - a feminist discussion
Later Event: November 7
Ambassadors debate