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Romani Men Offered Reduced Compensation by Hungarian Court after Being Judged Primitive

28 May 2004

In November 2003, the Szeged City Court awarded two Romani brothers acquitted of murder charges a reduced compensation in the amount of 1.2 million Hungarian forints each (approximately 4,650 Euro) after classifying them as "primitive", according to a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) report of November 12, 2003. The RFE/RL reported that the brothers, who had spent fifteen months in detention as a result of the charges against them, had asked for 2 million Hungarian forints each (approximately 7,750 Euro) in damages. The Court's ruling was reportedly based on a medical assessment which found the two men to be "more primitive than average" and had, therefore, suffered less as a consequence.

On December 18, 2003, the Csongrád County Court decided that the Szeged Court had erred in granting the Romani men reduced compensation on the grounds that they were "primitive", but upheld the Court's decision to award only 1.2 million Hungarian forints each in compensation, according to the RFE/RL of December 19. The reasoning of the Szeged Court was found to be humiliating and was reportedly changed from "primitive" to "simple". (RFE/RL)

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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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