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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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ERRC submission to UN CRC on Romania (July 2016)

13 July 2016

Written comments by the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Romania for Consideration by the Committee on the Rights of the Child at its Pre-session Working Group for the 75th Session (3-7 October 2016).

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ERRC submission to the European Commission on Roma Inclusion (July 2016)

12 July 2016

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission concering Roma Inclusion in the Western Balkans Progress Reports 2016.

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Combating Hate Crime and Hate Speech in France and Italy

4 February 2016

Introduction

For years, the ERRC has been documenting hate crime and hate speech in various countries. With support from the Open Society Initiative for Europe, the ERRC is carrying out a project designed to expose the extent of anti-Roma hate crime and hate speech in France and Italy and improve the authorities' response to these problems. The purpose of this project is to introduce a new methodology for this work and apply it in these two Western European countries, where the extent of anti-Roma hate speech and hate crime is largely recognised, but poorly documented or addressed. 

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