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Hungarian official opposes collective compensation for Roma Holocaust survivors

7 November 1997

On August 7, Hungarian media reported that the chairman of parliament's Human Rights, Minorities and Religious Affairs Committee, Mr. Gábor Gellért Kis, does not support collective compensation of Hungarian Roma who suffered during the Holocaust. According to a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty report on August 4, the idea of collective compensation had been proposed by the National Roma Minority Council. According to Flórián Farkas, parliamentary representative of Hungary's 500,000 strong Roma minority, at least 50,000 Hungarian Roma died in concentration camps. Mr Farkas said that the community as a whole is entitled to collective compensation for crimes committed against it by the Hungarian Arrow Cross facist movement. Mr Gellért Kis, chairman of parliament's Human Rights, Minorities and Religious Affairs Committee, claimed that such compensation would be unprecedented in Hungarian legal history and that he would prefer to see the sort of case-by-case procedure which compensated other Holocaust survivors.

(RFE/RL)

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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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