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Four Romani men to receive compensation from police in Hungary

7 November 2001

On September 21, 2001, the Roma Press Center reported that four Romani men from Veresegyhaz in Pest County have been awarded 1.5 million Hungarian forints (approximately 5,700 euros) and a "private" letter of apology from the police in connection with an incident that took place in 1997. At 4:00 AM on August 13, 1997, the house of the Radics family, a Romani family living in Veresegyhaz was raided by the police during a robbery investigation. During the raid, the male members of the family, some of whom were in scant attire, were forced to the ground, handcuffed and taken into custody in Budapest. The innocence of the men was proven shortly after they were taken into custody. However, they were not released until approximately ten hours later, on the afternoon of the same day, still half-naked. In the ensuing civil lawsuit brought against the police by four of the men detained, the court ruled that three of the men were entitled to 250,000 Hungarian forints (approximately 1,000 euros) each, and the fourth was entitled to 400,000 Hungarian forints (approximately 1,500 euros). The money was awarded as material compensation for the unjustified and inhumane treatment to which they were subjected as suspects.

(Roma Press Center)

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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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