Economic, social, and political developments have fueled a reemergence of violence against the Roma community, including state-sanctioned policies and practices,attacks, hate speech, and hate crimes. Harvard FXB is working to inform and engage the broader academic community to support the efforts of Roma activists, communities, and institutions to combat extremism and hate-motivated violence. In addition, we explore the types of responses to collective injustice employed by different governments for Roma
Accelerating Patterns of Anti-Roma Violence in Hungary, 2014
This report was intended to alert the United Nations and the international community to the persistent patterns of violent attacks and actions against Roma people in Hungary.
The findings are based on desk research and field assessments, using documentation by international and local human rights organizations working in Hungary, coverage in the mass media in English and Hungarian, and reports and materials in the public domain published by intergovernmental and national institutions. Researchers gathered factual data to identify and report on instances and patterns of violence, killings, military trainings, and propaganda against the Roma.
Additional coverage of this report appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus, The Conversation, NPR’s Code Switch, and The Huffington Post.
Post-War Kosovo and Its Policies Towards the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Communities, 2014
In June 2013, a research team from Harvard FXB conducted a fact-finding mission in Kosovo to investigate the human rights situation of the Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian minority population with a focus on the situation of children and adolescents.
The team visited five communities: the Plementina/Obelic district, Gracanica in the Pristina area, the Roma Mahala in Mitrovica, the Leposavic camp in Northern Kosovo and Prizen in South Kosovo, close to the Albanian border. Issues facing these communities included forced repatriation, access to education, and discrimination. The research team also engaged with leaders of international organizations, diplomats, political officials, civil society, scholars and independent experts.
Following the field work Harvard FXB published a full report, including recommendations for national and international governments and organizations.