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Slovak Parliament Adopts Anti-Discrimination Law

29 July 2004

On May 20, 2004, Slovak Parliament adopted the new Law on Equal Treatment and on Protec-tion Against Discrimination, according to the Slovak English-language newspaper Slovak Spectator of May 31, 2004. The law transposes the provisions of the Council of the European Union's Directive 2000/43 on "implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin". From July 1, 2004, discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, religion, health or sexual orientation, will be illegal. The new bill covers both direct and indirect discrimination and harassment, incitement to xenophobia and allows positive action with regard to disadvantaged racial or ethnic groups. The law also grants more power to the Slovak National Centre for Hu-man Rights in implementing the anti-discrimination law. Ms Klara Orgovánová, the Slovak government's plenipotentiary for Romani issues, reportedly stated that the new law would improve the situation of Roma in the country.

Shortly after the law was passed, Slovak Justice Minister Mr Daniel Lipšic announced that he would bring a motion before the Constitutional Court against the law's "positive discrimination" clause, arguing that such measures "degrade the human dignity and strengthen stereotypes" about certain groups. (ERRC, Slovak Spectator)

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Call for Grant Proposals: Community Legal Work Projects

20 January 2017

The ERRC’s legal work – which the organisation describes as “strategic litigation” – has been called “elite” or “elitist”. Budapest-best legal staff members work with us, Roma, as well as with local lawyers and NGOs, to design cases to have a big impact at national or European levels, and ultimately to ensure greater respect for our rights. But is this really working for us? Are we yet convinced – as the ERRC is – that court cases, and relying on legal rights more generally, are going to make our situation any better?

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Call for Proposals: Website Design and Hosting

18 January 2017

The European Roma Rights Centre (“the ERRC”) needs a clear, bold website to get strong messages across to the allies and foes of Roma rights: We are equal. The rights violations we suffer are real and unacceptable. We are taking our cases to court and winning. And the ERRC’s activist lawyers, advocates, researchers, human rights monitors, and entire team are making it possible.

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Romani Woman Harassed by Racist Hospital Staff during Childbirth Wins Case

18 January 2017

Budapest, 18 January 2017: A Romani woman harassed by staff while giving birth at a Hungarian hospital has won a decision in her favour from the Hungarian Equality Body. The woman who gave birth to her baby daughter in February 2016 was alone in the hospital and intimidated by staff who subjected her to verbal harassment and racial slurs, with one doctor telling her “you Gypsies give birth only for the money!”

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