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The World Roma Federation (WRF) possesses a robust legal framework that supports its mission to promote the rights and improve the condition of the Roma people worldwide. Here’s an overview of its legal standing, particularly concerning its status at international and European Union levels:

 

1. Legal Personality and Registrations

 

● International Non-Profit Association (AISBL): WRF is registered under Belgian law as an AISBL, which grants it legal personality and the capability to operate across the European Union. This status allows WRF to engage in activities that are of international utility and grants it the general public and private rights of legal persons under EU law.

 

● Global Registrations: Beyond its base in Belgium, WRF is also registered in the United States and maintains a regional headquarters in Serbia. These registrations enhance its ability to network and carry out operations effectively in these regions.

 

2. Special Consultative Status & Special Stakeholders at the United Nations

 

● Special Consultative Status with the United Nations: WRF holds special consultative status with the UN, empowering it to engage with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its subsidiary bodies. This prestigious status enables WRF to participate actively in discussions at the UN level, particularly those focusing on international human rights and social development issues relevant to the Roma community.

 

● Engagement at UN Meetings: As a holder of this status, WRF has the privilege to attend international conferences, where it can make written and oral contributions. This allows WRF to engage directly in policy dialogues, effectively advocating for the interests and needs of the Roma communities across various global platforms.

 

● Role as Special Stakeholders in the UN MGOS System: WRF's designation as special stakeholders in the UN Major Groups and Other Stakeholders (UN MGOS) system further enhances its ability to influence sustainable development policies. This role provides WRF with additional avenues to participate in high-level forums, contribute to policy-making processes, and collaborate with other major groups and stakeholders within the UN system. These roles at the United Nations significantly bolster WRF’s international presence and effectiveness in advocating for and supporting the Roma community on a global scale. . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

3. Accreditation by the European Parliament

 

● WRF is accredited by the European Parliament, which empowers it to have a voice within EU policy-making processes, particularly those affecting minority groups and human rights. This accreditation supports WRF’s advocacy efforts, enabling it to influence and contribute to the legislative process at the EU level.

 

4. Enhanced Legal and Operational Capabilities

 

1. Partnership with the United States Department of State:

 

● This partnership underscores WRF's recognition and collaboration with one of the world's most influential national government bodies. It enables WRF to engage directly with key policymakers and access resources that can be pivotal in shaping international policies affecting the Roma community.

 

● The association with the U.S. Department of State not only elevates WRF's visibility but also strengthens its credibility and influence in international human rights advocacy. It facilitates dialogues and cooperation that can lead to more robust support and protection for Roma rights across various geopolitical environments.

 

2. Cooperation with OHCHR, specifically the Minority & Indigenous Rights Office:

 

● Collaborating with OHCHR connects WRF directly with the primary United Nations entity responsible for promoting and protecting human rights. The Minority & Indigenous Rights Office is particularly relevant, focusing on the rights of marginalized groups.

 

● This partnership allows WRF to leverage OHCHR’s mechanisms, such as reporting human rights abuses, influencing global standards, and engaging in policy development, specifically tailored to the needs and challenges of the Roma people.

 

● It also provides a platform for WRF to participate in international discussions and sessions that focus on minority rights, giving the Roma community a voice in important global forums.  9 10 11

5. Rights and Duties under International Law

 

● Treaty and Agreement Capabilities: WRF has the right to enter into treaties and international agreements directly with countries and other organizations, enhancing its ability to secure and formalize international cooperation.

● Diplomatic Engagements: The right to send and receive legations and to bring international claims underscores WRF’s capacity to operate as a quasi-diplomatic entity, engaging in international dialogue and seeking reparations where necessary.

 

6. Obligations and Responsibilities

 

● WRF has the duty to provide compensation for damages caused by the organization or its agents, aligning with general principles of accountability and responsibility in international operations.

  1. https://www.un.org/sites/un2.un.org/files/sof-world-roma-foundation-input-zero-draft-pact-for-future.pdf

  2. https://unctad15.org/share-pledge/311

  3. https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/4007349?ln=fr&v=pdf

  4. https://apnews.com/article/pope-francis-soccer-sports-business-discrimination-4a679f12dd5c1d123a138baf8d06b7dc

  5. https://sdgs.un.org/statements/world-roma-federation-50006

  6. https://ap.ohchr.org/Documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/53/NGO/5

  7. https://sdgs.un.org/events/ecosoc-partnership-forum-2023#statements

  8. http://www.serbia-un.mfa.gov.rs/doktext.php?subaction=showfull&id=1689621566&ucat=106&template=Frontpage3&

  9. https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/documents/issues/minorities/issues-focus/roma-inclusion/roma-memory-map-consultation-review-bodies-out.pdf

  10. https://x.com/StateSEHI/status/1689028649033355264

  11. https://x.com/US_SRREJ/status/1760028251785670836

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