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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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ERRC submission to the European Commission on Roma Inclusion in enlargement countries (May 2017)

25 May 2017

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission on enlargement component of the EU Roma Framework.

 

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Roma Rights 1 2017: Roma and Conflict: Understanding the Impact of War and Political Violence

16 May 2017

The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

Sometimes Roma have been the direct targets of murderous aggression or subject to reprisals. Then there have been the many times where individual Roma actively took a side, but too often the roles played by Roma, Travellers and other minorities were elided from the dominant national narratives that followed.

In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

Editors: Marek Szilvasi, Kieran O’Reilly, Bernard Rorke

Roma Rights 1 2017 (PDF)

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Macron Election Call Out

5 May 2017

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