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Domestic Cases: Macedonia

10 August 2015

Free Movement and Migration

Border discrimination and passport confiscation

In 2009, the Macedonian government introduced a set of repressive measures aimed at preventing its citizens from leaving the country, including passport confiscation, enhanced border controls, and profiling. These measures almost exclusively result in Roma being refused the right to leave their own country. The ERRC, together with the Macedonian Young Lawyers’ Association and lawyers, is supporting some of those Roma who were either forbidden to leave the country or whose passports were confiscated to challenge the discriminatory and otherwise unlawful conduct of the authorities in a series of cases. The ERRC is supporting the litigation of 14 individual cases of people who allege they were racially profiled, as well as a further case resulting from situation testing the ERRC organised.

Response to Violence and Hate Speech


During a police raid in a Romani settlement in Skopje, in the eve of a big Roma holiday in May 2013, the police randomly used excessive force against by-passers and locals, inflicting injuries on several people. The ERRC is supporting one of the victims of this police brutality to enable him to take legal proceedings against the authorities.

Police brutality against Roma minors

In May 2014, while going to the local shop to buy groceries, two Romani teenagers were stopped and detained by the special “Alfa” urban street crime unit under suspicion of having committed a criminal offence. During the arrest, they were physically assaulted by several police officers. The ERRC, together with the locally based partner NGO, is assisting the victims and their parents in the criminal proceedings in demanding accountability and prosecution of the police officers involved.

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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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