UN to examine UK Government on Gypsy and Traveller Rights

Today, the UN Committee for the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights published their ‘List of Issues’, to which Friends, Families and Travellers and organisations working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities had previously submitted a joint report. Using the List of Issues, the UK Government will be examined on its compliance in upholding … Read more

Last updated May 7, 2020

£4.7bn to build affordable housing yet still no sites for Travellers: FFT write to the UN

Friends Families and Travellers have submitted evidence to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women highlighting the widespread lack of progress by local authorities on the provision of Gypsy and Traveller sites and the devastating impact on health, education and overall risk of poverty as a result. The submission calls on the Ministry … Read more

Last updated Jan 30, 2019

What does the UN Special Rapporteur report on poverty and human rights say about Gypsies and Travellers in the UK?

On Friday 16th November, Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights released the findings of his visit to the United Kingdom. Friends, Families and Travellers with National Federation Gypsy Liaison Groups submitted evidence prior to the visit and we also met with the Rapporteur about poverty experienced by Gypsy, Roma … Read more

Last updated Jan 29, 2019

Leading race equality and children’s rights organisations call for ministers to honour a reduced fee for children applying for ‘settled’ status

Friends, Families and Travellers has coordinated the sending of two open letters to Ministers asking for them to ensure that the proposed Settled Status application fee for 16-18 year olds matches the price of those under 16. The letters, which have been signed by a number of leading race equality and children’s rights organisations, were … Read more

Last updated Oct 18, 2018

Introducing Betsy Mobey: “Why I’m an activist for Romany Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Rights and you should be too!”

Betsy Mobey joined Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) in June 2017 as an Intern. During her time at FFT, Betsy has been an enthusiastic member of the youth work team, learnt about tackling discrimination at two international gatherings and shared her opinions and views as a young Romany Gypsy at a number of meetings and … Read more

Last updated Jan 15, 2018

UK government out-of-step with United Nation’s recommendations on human rights for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Every four and a half years United Nations member states have their human rights records analysed as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. It was the UK Government’s turn in 2017. We submitted a report to the UN highlighting some of the issues Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities face in the UK and … Read more

Last updated Nov 7, 2017