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Lakatošová and Lakatoš v Slovakia (pending)

2 May 2017

Facts

On 16 June 2012, an off-duty police officer took an illegally purchased gun and drove to the town of Hurbanovo, Slovakia, where many Roma live. He stopped in front of one house and, without saying a word, shot at a Romani family who were in the yard. Three of them died and two others – the applicants in the case – were seriously injured. The murderer later admitted to police that when he was preparing his gun, he was thinking about how to deal with Roma from Hurbanovo.

The murderer was found guilty and sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment, including three years of protective supervision including psychological treatment.

The Case

The applicants were unable to appeal against the sentence. With the ERRC’s support, they unsuccessfully complained to the Constitutional Court about various human rights violations resulting from flaws in the trial and in the sentence.

The ERRC is now representing the applicants in a complaint pending before the European Court of Human Rights. The applicants’ main arguments are that the investigation, prosecution, and trial did not adequate expose and deal with the racist motivation for the murders, and that procedural flaws in the trial preventing the applicants from effectively participating in the proceedings.

The Court’s statement of facts in the case can be found here.

The relevant parts of the application that the ERRC submitted on behalf of the applicants can be found here

The observations the ERRC submitted, on behalf of the applicants, in response to the Government’s observations, can be found here.

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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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