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Grants Awarded

10 July 2002

  • In March 2002, the ERRC awarded Ms Zuraniewska, from Krakow, Poland, a grant to represent T.G., J.C. and K.B. in legal proceedings. On July 31, 2001, 70 year-old Mr P. reported to the police that he had been robbed by a Romani man. The police asked him to accompany them to a local Romani settlement and, if possible, identify the perpetrator from among the accused Roma. Mr P. recognised two Roma. The police asked T.G., a local Romani leader, to help them find the perpetrators. Later, the victim withdrew his accusations. The police did not believe the statement, claiming Mr P. was under pressure from "persons of Romani origin" to change the facts. On August 9, 2001, Mr T.G., along with three other Romani men, were charged with Article 239/1 of the Polish Criminal Code for drafting a document alleging untruth. Mr T.G.was also charged with Article 18/2 and article 270/1 of the Criminal Code accusing him of forcing J.C. to falsify his signature on the statement. Mr T.G. believes he was unfairly targeted because of his activities as a Romani leader.
     
  • In March 2002, the ERRC awarded Mr Eilmes, from Nowy SÄ…cz, Poland, a grant to represent P.O. in legal proceedings. On May 15, 2001, 17 year-old P.O. was arrested and taken to the police station for interrogation in the town of Nowy SÄ…cz. P.O., who is a male minor and mentally retarded, was accused of armed robbery. When he was arrested, his parents weren't present. After learning of their son's arrest, P.O.'s parents went to the police station and requested that the police immediately release P.O. because of his age and mental condition. They were only allowed to see their son two days later, and the police officer refused to release documentation of the interrogation. P.O.'s father also states that his son was ill-treated and threatened by the police. During detention, P.O. did not have access to a doctor. At the first hearing, P.O. was sentenced to three months in jail for armed robbery.
     
  • In April 2002, the ERRC awarded Mr Dydychin, from Užhorod, Ukraine, a grant to represent Y.F. in legal proceedings. A police officer, with two other men, set a family's house on fire while the whole family was inside. Three children and their parents died, and two more people suffered serious burns on their body. According to one of the survivors, the arson had been organised by the police officer as punishment, because the family had not payed a monthly bribe. For further details in the case see: Five Roma Die in Arson Attack by Police in Ukraine .
  • In April 2002, the ERRC awarded Ms Novotná, from Husova, Czech Republic, a grant to represent M.D. and others in legal proceedings. On August 27, 1999, twelve persons attacked Roma living in several farmhouses in the village of Dvorek at Trebič, in southern Moravia, Czech Republic. In the attack, two people were injured and several cars and houses were damaged. Several other Roma fled following threats. As a result of police investigation, twelve suspects were detained and charged with rioting, damage to property and violence against individuals. The police, however, did not apply available provisions of the Czech Penal Code on racially motivated crime. On November 22, 2000, a district court sentenced all twelve persons as charged, but issued suspended sentences. On March 5, 2001, a court in Brno rejected an appeal by the victims. For further information in the case, please see: Denial of justice in Czech race crimes .
  • In April 2002, the ERRC awarded Mr de Campos, from Lisbon, Portugal, a grant to represent the organisation Associçăo Raízes Calé in legal proceedings. On April 10, 2002, police and officials from the Office for Foreigners in Lisbon conducted an operation against Romanian Roma allegedly begging on the streets of Lisbon. In the early morning hours, the police searched trailers belonging to Romanian Roma in the Musgueira district and arrested 205 persons. The 130 adults (59 men and 71 women) and 75 children were detained in a garage in the basement of the building belonging to the Office for Foreigners. The Roma detained were fingerprinted, photographed and, after a few hours, taken by buses to the Spanish border and collectively expelled. The Office for Foreigners claimed that the operation was conducted in order "to verify if the Romanian Roma begging on the streets of Lisbon together with their children are legally residing in Portugal."
  • In May 2002, the ERRC awarded Mr Strupek, from Prague, Czech Republic, a grant to represent the family of Mr Ota Absalon in legal proceedings. Mr Ota Absalon, a 31-year-old Romani man, resident of Svitavy, was killed on July 20, 2001. Although the criminal case is not yet over, it is apparent that the crime was racially motivated and was committed by person(s) belonging to or sympathizing with the skinhead movement. For further information in the case, please see: Violence including rape and killing of Roma in Czech Republic .

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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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