Article 12 Scotland. Human rights and equality



October 2014 – Experts by Experience: Monitoring the UK National Framework for Gypsies/Roma/Travellers

In 2011, the European Commission published a Framework for National ‘Roma’ Integration Strategies (NRIS) and this was adopted by all of the European Union Members. Consequently, all Member States were required to develop their own ‘Roma’ Integration Strategies tailored to the needs
of the ‘Roma’ population in their country. This report reviews progress on the Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies from the perspectives of the Gypsies, Travellers and Roma communities living in the UK.
The report was developed through primary research conducted with people from the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as with other professionals working with the three communities. Young people from the YGTL Project were actively involved in the design, data collection and analysis of the research at Scotland level. Click here to download a copy of the report.


Civil Society Monitoring on the Implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy in THE UNITED KINGDOM in 2012 and 2013

Also published in October 2014, this comprehensive report, prepared by the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups, supplements or presents alternative information to Decade Progress Reports submitted by Participating Governments in the Decade of Roma Inclusion and to any reports submitted by State parties to the European Commission on implementation of their NRIS. These reports are not meant to substitute for quantitative monitoring and evaluation by State authorities but to channel local knowledge into national and European policy processes and reflect on the real social impact of government measures. The civil society reports provide additional data to official ones, proxy data where there is not official data, or alternative interpretation of published data. The project is coordinated by the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation in cooperation with Open Society Foundation’s Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma programme. Funding for the project comes from the OSF Roma Initiatives Office. Click here to download a copy of the report.


July 2014 – 3rd Report: Discrimination and On-Line Media

This report details the findings of our year 3 media audit which has focused on on-line media in Scotland. Key findings include:

* 195 articles over 12 months in 21 publications – meaning an average of around 4 articles per week. This number has increased slightly since 2012-2013, indicating that press interest in the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland is still high and showing no signs of decreasing. Indeed, the number of articles have increased every year since the beginning of this audit. Article 12 in Scotland finds this worrying and feels this number is disproportionate to the population size of Gypsy/Travellers living in Scotland.

* Once again, the single publication with the largest amount of articles was The Courier with 19% of audited articles [an increase of 8% since last year]; The Daily Mail [Scotland] came in as the publication with the second highest number of audited articles totalling 14%. This indicates that there is still a national tabloid interest in the Gypsy/Traveller community and that articles are not simply confined to ‘local interest/information’.

* The publication with the third highest amount of articles was the Evening Express, with 13% [and if you include the total of its sister publication The Press and Journal this number increases to 20%, a fifth of all published articles, indicating a high proportion of reporting in the North East through these two publications alone].

* The Scottish Sun was found to have published 12% of audited articles, once again indicating the interest that tabloid papers have in the Gypsy/Traveller community.

* 11% of audited articles for the year 2013-2014 came from the Guardian, however, it is worthy of note that all Guardian articles audited by Article 12 in Scotland were classed as either ‘positive’ or ‘neutral’ indicating a much more balanced approach to reporting on the Gypsy/Traveller community when there are no local agendas present.

* 62% of articles were focused on sites [unauthorised encampments, official sites, plans for new official sites and so on], 38% discussed the Gypsy/Traveller community in general, 24% of articles contained negative stereotyping, 12% focused on crime and 1% of articles were concerned with the Channel 4 ‘documentary’ My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Only 0.5% reported on life from the perspective of a member of the Gypsy/Traveller community, indicating that the press is still focused on reporting from the view-point of the settled community.

* 7% of articles were classed as positive, however, negative reporting still accounted for over half of audited articles, with a further 15% falling within the categories of discriminatory and racist – this means that an overwhelming majority of articles are still portraying the Gypsy/Traveller community in a negative and misleading light. Click here to download a full copy of the report.


2014: We kickstarted our work in Fife this year with a partnership planning event. Guest speakers were Shona Robison, MSP and Minister with portfolio for Gypsy/Travellers and Jess Smith, project patron.

Fife LaunchYGTL are delighted to announce that Jess Smith, Author, Storyteller and Ballad Singer has agreed to become patron of our project. Click here to read more about Jess and her work.



Click here to download a copy of the 2013 Discrimination and the On-line Media report

Click here for a copy of our 2012 Discrimination and the On-line Media report



The What a Voice exhibition is now available in PDF format. Click here here to download a copy (it’s a big file so be patient!) Please note: the Article 12 watermark is only on the PDF version. If you would like to host the exhibition please contact to check availability. There is no charge to host but we do require you meet any transportation costs.


This video runs along side an exhibition of Scottish Gypsy/Traveller Life. The exhibition is currently on tour across Scotland. We also have ‘mini’ versions of the exhibition – A1 sized boards which contain the same information as the larger exhibition.


Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2010 (published 2011)

The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey tracks the views of people in Scotland on a range of social, moral and political issues. Every year, around 1,500 people are interviewed on a wide range of different topics.  Many of the questions in the 2010 survey were asked in the 2002 and 2006 survey, including questions relating to the Gypsy/Traveller community.

The following highlights findings of the 2010 survey relating to discrimination and prejudice towards Gypsy/Travellers.

* Discriminatory attitudes were particularly common in relation to Gypsy/Travellers. For example, 37% of respondents said they would be unhappy with a close family member forming a relationship with a Gypsy/Traveller.

* Respondents were asked how suitable or unsuitable different kinds of people would be for the job of primary school teacher. 47% considered Gypsy/Travellers unsuitable.

Are attitudes changing?

No. At 47%, the proportion that believes that a Gypsy/Traveller would be unsuitable as a primary school teacher is much the same as the 48% who held that view in 2006. Meanwhile the proportion who say they would be unhappy if a close relative entered into a long-term relationship with a Gypsy/Traveller is unchanged at 37%.

Click here to download a full copy of the report.

Click here here for a brief guide to the Equality Act 2010

In association with the Scottish Traveller Education Programme and Respect Me we have produced an anti-bullying information and advice guide for Travelling children and young people, and their parents and educators. Click here to download a copy.


Here are some other information links you might find interesting:

Scottish Government Equal Opportunities Committee

Scottish Traveller Education Programme

PAS [Formerly Planning Aid Scotland]

European Roma Rights Centre

European Commission: The EU and Roma

Amnesty International

Travellers’ Times


For further information, contact:

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Policy, Research and Editorial: