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ERRC Says Romania Continues to Flout European Court of Human Rights

19 July 2011

Budapest, 19 July 2011: Today the European Roma Rights Centre submitted a report to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers highlighting the Romanian State’s failure to comply with several European Court of Human Rights judgments against Romania in cases of anti-Roma pogroms.

The submission involved Moldovan and others v Romania (Nos.1 & 2) and two other linked cases, all of them involving anti-Roma violence. This implementation report demonstrates that the Romanian government has failed to rebuild the affected communities and to address the interethnic tension, as the Court prescribed through general measures. Although it has been more than 6 years since the first of these judgments and nearly 20 years since the attacks on people and property, the devastated and divided communities remain without the promised support.

Although an action plan was formulated, upon its expiration in 2008, the forseen measures to compensate the victims were not met. Disappointingly, a new Action Plan recently submitted by the Romanian government to the Committee of Ministers does not contain sufficient or adequate content to improve conditions in the community and lacks clear, measurable and comprehensive timelines.

With this submission, the ERRC calls for the Committee of Ministers to classify these cases to be examined under the “enhanced supervision” regime. This status allows the Committee to focus on judgments meriting priority attention. The ERRC submission argues that these cases represent major structural and complex problems and are characterised by repeated and serious delays in implementation.

For further information, contact:

Sinan Gökçen
ERRC Media and Communications Officer
sinan.gokcen@errc.org
+36.30.500.1324

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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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