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Justice for the Kosovo Victims of Lead Poisoning! #UNJustToRoma

30 August 2016

Justice for the Kosovo Victims of Lead Poisoning! #UNJustToRoma

The European Roma Rights Centre is demanding the Secretary-General of the United Nations compensate the Roma, Ashkali & Balkan Egyptians exposed to lead poisoning in Mitrovica, Kosovo, in line with a finding by the UN Human Rights Advisory Panel that the UN was legally responsible for what happened.

Exposure to lead in any amount is dangerous. But the levels in the blood and hair samples of the Romani children living in the Mitrovica IDP camps were off the charts – European and American scientists had never seen anything like it. These Romani children, many of them now adults, are condemned to a short life of mental and physical health problems because of the inadequacy of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

Needless to say, this did not happen to non-Roma living in the same area as they were safely relocated by the United Nations.

Join us in demanding a full public apology from UNMIK, as well as calling on the Secretary General of the United Nations to arrange for the medical costs of those whose lives UNMIK have irreparably damaged to be covered, and compensation provided.

Roma rights are human rights! We call on all those who believe this and care about equal justice for Roma, Ashkali & Balkan Egyptians to sign this petition.

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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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