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Complaint filed against alleged war criminal in the Czech Republic

7 November 1997

According to information received by the ERRC, Mr. Paul Polanski, an American historian, and Mr L'ubomír Zubák, a Czech Romani activist, have filed a com plaint against 93-year-old Mr Václav Stuchlík for participation in genocide against Roma during the second world war. Mr Stuchlík was an employee of the fifth division of the Ministry of the Interior of the Protectorate of Moravia and Bohemia. According to Mr Polanski, Mr Stuchlík visited Lety concentration camp, in which many Roma perished during World War II, and personally chose Roma for transportation to Auschwitz. Polanski and Zubák told journalists that Stuchlík is a "former employee of the fifth division of the Ministry of the Interior of the Protectorate of Moravia and Bohemia who took part, during the Second World War, in genocide against the Romani nation accord ing to Article 259 of the Criminal Code." To support their claim, on September 23, Mr Polanski presented a number of transcribed testimonies of Lety camp survivors to the Office for the Documentation and Investigation of the Crimes of Communism, the office which has also taken responsibility for dealing with war crimes. Markus Pape, the journalist who published a history of the Lety camp earlier this year, is less sure, pointing out that Stuchlík had already left his job at the Ministry by the time Lety was transformed from work camp to Gypsy concentration camp. Czech police spokesperson Pavel Bret, who met with Polanski and Zubák, refused to comment on the case, saying that the investigation of the events at Lety camp is stilt only just beginning.

Two individuals in addition to Mr Stuchlík, both former camp guards at Lety, are presently under investigation for criminal acts in connection with the camp. One of them, Mr Josef Hejduk, was the subject of a complaint lodged earlier this year (see Roma Rights, Summer 1997).

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Hungary (February 2018)

14 February 2018

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Hungary to the UN Human Rights Committee for consideration at its 122nd session (12 Narch - 6 April 2018).

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The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England

24 January 2018

Romani and Traveller children in England are much more likely to be taken into state care than the majority population, and the numbers are rising. Between 2009 and 2016 the number of Irish Travellers in care has risen by 400% and the number of Romani children has risen 933%. The increases are not consistent with national trends, and when compared to population data, suggest that Romani and Traveller children living in the UK could be 3 times more likely be taken into public care than any other child. 

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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