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Macedonian Court Sentences Romani Minor as an Adult

7 May 2002

After a local court in Strumica, south-eastern Macedonia, sentenced S.S., a male Romani minor at the time of his offence, according to regulations applicable to adult offenders, he was taken to prison on January 3, 2002, and released on January 18, 2002, only after the intervention of local Roma rights advocates. Initially, the forestry police filed a lawsuit against S.S. on June 20, 2000, for committing a violation of the Law on Forestry, Article 77, paragraph 1(5), after he was caught in the theft of 0.13 cubic metres of oak wood. In the absence of the defendant, on November 28, 2000, the Municipal Court in Strumica sentenced S.S. to a fine of 30,000 Macedonian denars (approximately 500 euros), to be paid within 15 days after the verdict came into effect, as well as damages of 910 denars (approximately 15 euros). As S.S. did not pay the fines, the Court substituted it with 30 days in prison, and on January 3, 2002, S.S. was arrested and taken to the local prison. On January 17, 2002, the parents of S.S. informed the Štip-based Association for Human Rights Protection of Roma, an ERRC local partner in monitoring Roma rights in Macedonia about the case. Upon reviewing the case documents, the association established that the court had not taken into account the fact that Mr S.S. was a minor when he committed the offence. On January 18, 2002, the Association for Human Rights Protection of Roma filed a request for review of the procedure with the Municipal Court in Strumica, and requested the release of S.S. from prison. On the same day, the court accepted the requests, and S.S. was set free. The ERRC is considering further action in the case.

(Association for Human Rights Protection of Roma, ERRC)

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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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