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Attacks against Roma in Hungary, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic

15 July 2012

Anti-Roma violence has gained significant prominence in the media in Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Bulgaria.

The attacks listed below, involving firebombing, shooting, stabbing, beating and other acts of violence, have already taken the lives of eight people and have left dozens of others with serious injuries. Many of the attacks have targeted families and children.

The attacks in these countries since have occurred in an increasingly racist climate. These countries have seen a strengthening of extremist and openly racist groups, which spread hate speech and organising anti-Romani marches through the very same villages where people are being attacked or killed.

For the most part, there have been no successful prosecutions of offenders in these attacks. This list of attacks is not exhaustive and does not address the state response to the attacks. The ERRC has not independently verified all of the information contained in these media reports.

Attacks against Roma in Hungary January 2008-September 2012

Attacks against Roma in the Czech Republic January 2008-July 2012

Attacks against Roma in the Slovak Republic January 2008-July 2012

Attacks against Roma in Bulgaria September 2011-July 2012

For further information, please contact: Sinan Gokcen, ERRC Information Officer, +36.1.413.2244

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Call for Grant Proposals: Community Legal Work Projects

20 January 2017

The ERRC’s legal work – which the organisation describes as “strategic litigation” – has been called “elite” or “elitist”. Budapest-best legal staff members work with us, Roma, as well as with local lawyers and NGOs, to design cases to have a big impact at national or European levels, and ultimately to ensure greater respect for our rights. But is this really working for us? Are we yet convinced – as the ERRC is – that court cases, and relying on legal rights more generally, are going to make our situation any better?

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Call for Proposals: Website Design and Hosting

18 January 2017

The European Roma Rights Centre (“the ERRC”) needs a clear, bold website to get strong messages across to the allies and foes of Roma rights: We are equal. The rights violations we suffer are real and unacceptable. We are taking our cases to court and winning. And the ERRC’s activist lawyers, advocates, researchers, human rights monitors, and entire team are making it possible.

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Romani Woman Harassed by Racist Hospital Staff during Childbirth Wins Case

18 January 2017

Budapest, 18 January 2017: A Romani woman harassed by staff while giving birth at a Hungarian hospital has won a decision in her favour from the Hungarian Equality Body. The woman who gave birth to her baby daughter in February 2016 was alone in the hospital and intimidated by staff who subjected her to verbal harassment and racial slurs, with one doctor telling her “you Gypsies give birth only for the money!”

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