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Justice for Romani Victims of Racially Motivated Crimes in Slovakia

22 July 2005

According to ERRC research, on April 18, 2005 the District Court of Senica, issued judgement on a four year old case imposing two four year jail sentences and a six month suspended sentence to three skinheads, Marian Černicky, Marek Nemec and Marian Jurček, and awarding financial compensation to the victim. Mr. Daniel Milan was attacked on August 10, 2001 in the compound of a local school close to his house. The District court of Skalica on July 8, 2002 sentenced Marian Černicky to a four year jail term, Marek Nemec to a three year jail term and Marian Jurček to a six month jail term. However, upon appeal on behalf of the victim, the Regional Court of Appeal in Trnava overturned the District Court's judgement ordering the lower Court to take into account compensation claims for damages suffered. The Regional Court of Appeal also ordered the lower Court to increase the jail sentences of the attackers. Consequently, the District Court of Senica imposed a jail sentence of four years each to Marian Černicky and Marek Nemec and a six month suspended sentence to Marian Jurček. The Court also required all of them to pay a total sum of 122, 550 Slovak Crowns (approximately 3,200 Euro) to the victim. Further information on the situation of Roma in Slovakia can be found on ERRC's website www.errc.org.

On January 19, 2005, the Regional Court in Banska Bystrica delivered a binding final decision, awarding for the first time in Slovak judicial history, compensation for moral suffering to the next-of-kin of a victim of racially motivated crime. The Regional court in Banska Bystrica issued final judgement upholding the decision of the District Court in Žiar nad Hronom obliging the respondent to pay 300,000 Slovak Crowns (approximately 7,800 Euro) as satisfaction for non-pecuniary damage for the 1995 killing of a 17-year-old Romani youth named Mario Goral, in the town of Žiar nad Hronom. On July 21, 1995 Mr. Goral was chased through the streets of the town by a group of skinheads, stabbed with knives, beaten to a state of unconsciousness, doused in a flammable substance, and then set on fire. Mario Goral suffered second and third degree burns to sixty three percent of his body and died in hospital ten days later, on July 31, 1995. For more information on this case please visit the ERRC's website at http://www.errc.org/cikk.php?cikk=2131 and http://www.errc.org/cikk.php?cikk=1800.

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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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