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Roma Rights in Kosovo: Joint Statement to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

1 February 2006

On September 19, 2005, three organisations presented at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), convened in Warsaw, a statement detailing the need for justice for Roma in Kosovo, where despite six years of United Nations administration, extreme abuses prevail. The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and European Roma Information Office (ERIO) tabled a document urging the international community to end the impunity for ethnic cleansing of Roma in Kosovo and to bring the perpetrators to justice. The three organisations stated:

"Where Roma, Ashkalia, Egyptians, and others regarded as "Gypsies" are concerned, Kosovo is a human rights vacuum. Roma and others regarded as "Gypsies" were a late human rights priority of the international community, and have never been viewed as meriting action on the scale of previous human rights actions in Kosovo. Justice in matters related to the ethnic cleansing and other serious human rights violations affecting these groups has been denied and/or severely delayed."

The statement also describes very worrying developments in the northern town of Mitrovica, where authorities have failed to date to move approximately six hundred displaced Roma currently living on a toxic waste site. The statement was brought before the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, an annual event addressing human rights concerns in the OSCE region. The full text of the statement is available at: http://www.errc.org

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Another Romani Man Dies in Macedonian Prison

5 April 2017

Budapest, Shtip 5 April 2017: The European Roma Rights Centre is taking Macedonian prison authorities to court, in the second case in less than a month involving the suspicious death of a young Romani man. Jusinov Erdal died on the 22 March in KPD Shtip prison (known locally as ‘the Sixth’) after medical treatment was apparently withheld for hours prior to his death. Jusinov was 25 years old, married, and the father of a 3-year-old boy, and 1-year-old girl.

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Thirsting for Justice: New Report Reveals Depth of Discrimination faced by Europe’s Roma in Accessing Water

21 March 2017

Budapest, 21 March 2017: Today the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) released its report - Thirsting for Justice: Europe’s Roma Denied Access to Clean Water & Sanitation, highlighting the shocking disparities between Roma and non-Roma in their access to water.

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Young Romani Man From Macedonian Prison Dies Under Suspicious Circumstances

16 March 2017

alsat-m.tv Image CreditBudapest, Skopje, 16 March 2017: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is demanding an investigation into the suspicious death of Andrias Redjepov, a 21-year-old Romani man who died in KPU Idrizovo Prison, Skopje on 11 March 2017.

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