A published analysis of the processes for implementation of the National strategy of the Helsinki Committee for human rights
April 04, 2014
The Helsinki Committee for human rights, supported by the German embassy in Skopje and the Open Society Institute – Budapest, implemented the project “Between implementation and reality of the National strategy for Roma integration – Decade of Roma 2005 – 2015”. An analysis was developed within the project about the processes for implementation of the National strategy for Roma in the Republic of Macedonia.
You can download the publication from this link.
The information contained in the analysis is based on our communication with institutions, NGOs and local governments, 11 workshops on a local level and several visits to substandard Roma neighbourhoods in the country. The findings include the most important segments: housing, employment, discrimination and human rights, social protection, health, education, media, culture, political participation, and the Roma woman and her specific problems.
The general conclusion is that the goals planned in the Decade of Roma are far from accomplished and that the state is failing in accomplishing its obligations towards the members of the Roma community in Macedonia, especially in allocating funds from the state budget for implementation of the National strategy. In most of the areas, the financing depends on the external financial help, i.e. the donations.
The conclusions in the analysis explain the stances of the Committee which resulted with collaboration for raising the awareness of the state for the existence of 3 specific cases in the area of housing in Gostivar, Bitola and Kocani. Namely, there is a development of a documentary episode dedicated to these three cases, in collaboration with Snezana Lupevska and the show “KOD”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh-hgHFkyy4