Member summary

European Roma Rights Centre

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is a Budapest-based international public interest law organisation established in 1996 and working to combat anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma through strategic litigation, research and policy development, advocacy and human rights education.  The ERRC’s website includes research reports, the ERRC’s journal (Roma Rights), advocacy submissions sent to national, European and international bodies, and other materials about the ERRC’s work and Roma rights in general.  The ERRC is currently litigating some 60 cases in domestic and European courts concerning Roma rights violations in eleven European countries.

 At the moment, the ERRC is focusing on seven thematic priorities.  Statelessness relates most closely to three of these:  identity documents; women’s and children’s rights; and free movement and migration.   The ERRC comes across Roma at risk of statelessness in all of its areas of work, particularly outside the EU and especially in Balkan countries.  Stateless Roma (and Roma at risk of statelessness) often lack the documents they need to get healthcare, go to school, access to employment, travel across borders, or secure formal recognition of their family relationships. They tell us they feel invisible.


European Roma Rights Centre website

Hungarian Helsinki Committee

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) is one of the leading non-governmental human rights organisations in Hungary and Central Europe. It monitors the enforcement in Hungary of human rights enshrined in international human rights instruments, provides legal defence to victims of human rights abuses by state authorities and informs the public about rights violations. The HHC's main areas of activities are centred on protecting the rights of asylum-seekers, stateless persons and other foreigners in need of international protection, as well as monitoring the human rights performance of law enforcement agencies and the judicial system. It particularly focuses on the conditions of detention, anti-discrimination and the effective enforcement of the right to defence and equality before the law. The HHC is a member of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and is an implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Hungarian Helsinki Committee website

Mónika Ganczer

Mónika Ganczer is junior research fellow of the Institute for Legal Studies of the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and assistant lecturer of the Department of Public and Private International Law of Deák Ferenc Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Széchenyi István University. Her research focuses on nationality matters in international law, international legal aspects of dual nationality and statelessness, nationality problems resulting from state succession as well as the Hungarian citizenship regulation.

Tamás Molnár

Tamás Molnar (1980): is head of unit, Unit for Migration, Asylum and Border Management, Department of EU Cooperation, Ministry of Interior (Hungary) and assistant professor in the Corvinus University of Budapest. In his role for the Ministry of Interior he drafted the national statelessness determination procedure and initiated Hungary’s accession to the statelessness related conventions. He was a member of the European Committee on Migration (CDMG) of the Council of Europe (2008-2011) and CDMG Bureau member for 2010-2011; now focal point of the new Intergovernmental Platform on Migration Issues. He has almost thirty publications in three languages in the fields of public international law and EU law, including issues of nationality and statelessness. His main oeuvres: International Law (co-author, eds.: Gábor Kardos – Tamás Lattmann, Budapest, ELTE Eötvös Kiadó, 2010); The Handbook on Hungarian Migration Law (co-author with two chapters, one on statelessness; ed. Zoltán Lékó, Budapest, CompLex, 2009) and the Encyclopaedia of International Relations 1945-2005 (co-author with 120 entries on pubic international law; ed. Jenő Horváth, Budapest, Osiris, 2005). He is member of the International Law Association (ILA) – Hungarian Branch, the European Society of International Law (ESIL-SEDI) as well as the Fédération internationale de droit européen (FIDE). He is member of the editorial board of Acta Humana, the leading Hungarian legal periodical in the field of human rights.