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Romani Job-Seekers Discriminated Against

16 December 2004

When applying for a job at Pro-Terminal, a Budapest-based security company, Mr Zsolt Zsiga, a Romani man from Budapest, and his friend, were told "we do not employ anyone above 50 years or Roma", reportedly because of "superior orders", according to a report of the Budapest-based Roma Press Center (RSK). Pro-Terminal provides security services to the supermarket chain Tesco. Mr Zsiga maintains that the two, who appeared for interviews with all the necessary documents and met all the requirements, were told they would be informed whether or not they would hired later that afternoon, RSK reported; however, no one called. The following day, Mr Zsiga called Pro-Terminal and was informed of the so-called "superior order".

The RSK spoke with Mr György Tóth, the Pro-Terminal employee conducting interviews for the positions, who stated that he had not interviewed Mr Zsiga and his friend and, indeed, had not met them until after they made allegations of discrimination. According to Mr Tóth, there are no regulations prohibiting Roma from accessing employment at the company. However, according to the RSK, another Hungarian news agency had obtained a voice recording in which a Pro-Terminal employee states the company does not hire Roma. Mr Zsiga reportedly approached the Budapest-based Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities (NEKI), which will provide legal representation in the case.

(RSK)

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Cause of Action: Romani Children in State Care in Nógrád County (Hungary)

20 November 2017

The data showed that Romani children are grossly overrepresented in the care system in Nógrád County: although they make up under 20% of the county’s population, Romani children make up over 80% of those in care. The data showed a strong correlation between deep poverty, severe deprivation, and the entry of children into the care system.

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Roma Belong - Discrimination, Statelessness and Marginalisation of Roma in the Western Balkans and Ukraine

26 October 2017

The #RomaBelong project is a joint initiative by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) and the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) in collaboration with partner organisations in Albania ...

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Serbia (June 2017)

30 June 2017

Written Comments by the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Serbia to the Human Rights Council, within its Universal Periodic Review, for consideration at its 29th session (January-February 2018).

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