Call for applications: ERRC/CHRF Summer Workshop for Romani activists (Budapest, 5-14 July 2004)



Workshop: Capacity Building for Roma Rights Advocacy
Application Form Procedure

The European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) and the Canadian Human Rights
Foundation (CHRF) shall conduct a ten-day long intensive Roma Rights
Summer Workshop in Budapest from 5 July 2004 to 14 July 2004.

Program Goal
The goal of the ERRC Summer Workshop is to develop the capacity of a new
generation of Romani leaders and human rights activists, to use
international, regional and domestic human rights instruments and
mechanisms to advance the rights of Roma, both domestically and
internationally.

Objectives
The objectives of the Summer Workshop are to enable participants to:
* Analyse issues and situations affecting Roma in their respective
countries based on internationally accepted human rights values and principles
* Develop skills in using domestic mechanisms (such as national
legislation) and international human rights instruments (i.e., United
Nations Treaties, the European Court of Human Rights, etc.) to protect and
promote the rights of Roma
* Strengthen skills in monitoring and reporting human rights violations and
racial discrimination as well as advocacy skills
* Increase their capacity to apply their learning within their
organisations and their societies
* Explore opportunities for networking and developing partnerships with
NGOs and government officials to further advance the cause of Roma rights
throughout Europe

Participants
The Roma Rights Summer Workshop is a component of ERRC programming aimed at
capacitating Romani activists, and is therefore only open to persons of
Romani ethnicity. We welcome applications from Romani individuals who are
interested in human rights. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and
must have a sufficient command of English to enable them to actively
participate in the Workshop. Applicants are preferably students of law,
public administration and social sciences, or hold a degree in one of these
fields. The ERRC also encourages activists who do not hold a formal degree
to apply. Recipients of ERRC scholarships for Romani students of law and
public administration are specifically encouraged to apply. The ERRC
additionally welcomes applications by persons of Romani origin engaging in
human rights work on behalf of other disadvantaged groups.

Application Procedure
Applicants must:
1. Complete the application form provided at the following weblink:
http://errc.org/capacitation/index.shtml
2. Provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor or lecturer
familiar with the applicant's work, a community leader, church leader, or
their current employer. The letter should explain the nature of their
relationship, how long they have known the applicant and highlight the main
attributes of the applicant and whether they would be a suitable candidate
for the ERRC Roma Rights Summer Workshop.
3. Submit a 500-750 word essay in English:
* explaining any human rights/Roma rights activities in which they have
been involved to date
* expressing why they would like to participate in the ERRC Roma Rights
Summer Workshop and how it would be useful for them and any future actions
they would like to undertake in their Roma rights/human rights work

We kindly request that all materials be submitted to the ERRC in one
package. Applications missing one or more of these requirements will not be
considered by the selection committee.

Completed applications should be submitted to European Roma Rights Center,
1386 Budapest 62, P.O. Box 906/93, Hungary, or by fax to (+ 36 1) 413-2201,
or by e-mail to <SummerWorkshop@errc.org>. The closing deadline for all
applications is 7th May 2004. Please take note that this is an absolutely
final deadline and any applications received after this date shall not be
considered.

_____________________________________________

The European Roma Rights Center is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the rights of Roma and provides legal defence
in cases of human rights abuse. For more information about the European
Roma Rights Center, visit the ERRC on the web at http://www.errc.org.

European Roma Rights Center
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Hungary
Phone: +36 1 4132200
Fax:   +36 1 4132201
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