Horizontal Rule

Slovakia and Ukraine Must Investigate Attacks against Roma

25 June 2012

Budapest, Bratislava, Kiev, 25 June 2012: Romani individuals have been attacked, killed and threatened in two separate incidents in Slovakia and Ukraine in the last month. The European Roma Rights Centre has sent letters to the authorities calling for a full and transparent investigation into the events.

In Slovakia, an off-duty policeman killed three Romani people, and injured two others in a shooting attack in Hurbanovo. The 51-year-old municipal police officer shot dead three Romani people and wounded another two. The officer shot dead a 44-year-old man, his son (19) and son-in-law (24) on 16 June 2012.  The officer involved has since been arrested on three counts of premeditated murder, attempted murder, and illegal weapons possession.

The ERRC is concerned that comments by high ranking Slovak authorities could impede a full, unbiased and transparent investigation. In a media briefing, the Slovak Interior Minister Róbert Kaliňák said the victims of the assault are known to police and that four of the five reportedly have criminal pasts. The Mayor and Chief of Police have also publicly stated support for the officer. Based on media reports to date, it is not clear whether or not racial motivation is being investigated in this case.

In Ukraine, a Romani settlement in Kiev was burned to the ground by unknown perpetrators on May 31. The settlement was home to about 70 people. Residents of the settlement reported that during the attack they were ordered by their assailants to “disappear from Kiev”, and the perpetrators also threatened to shoot the residents. Many Romani individuals lost valuable personal documents, including passports.  Sources quoted in the media have claimed that law enforcement officers were ordered to ““sweep” the settlement, i.e. get rid of it. A police spokesperson said that they were continuing to investigate reports of police involvement in the incident.

The incidents are part of ongoing trend of violence against Roma. In Romania two Romani individuals were recently killed in incidents involving law enforcement.

State authorities have a responsibility to investigate all attacks against Romani people, and to consider any racial motivation. The ERRC is calling on authorities to publicly denounce every instance of anti-Roma violence, and provide law-enforcement with the relevant training on how to deal with instances involving attacks on national minorities.

The letter to Ukrainian authorities is also available in Russian.

Horizontal Rule

Milan Authorities Close Lombroso Shelter Making Roma Homeless

30 September 2016

Budapest, Milan, 30 September 2016: Today, the new administration of Milan Municipality closed the Social Emergency Shelter located on Via Lombroso. 38 people, including 15 minors, the majority of which are Romani were made homeless. This decision was made without providing any form of alternative accommodation, flying in the face of local, national and international commitments to Roma welfare and integration.

more ...

horizontal rule

ERRC Seeks Media Production Consultancy

26 September 2016

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a Media Production consultant company to produce a video for the ERRC’s twenty-year anniversary.

more ...

horizontal rule

ERRC Seeks Fundraising Consultant

7 September 2016

The ERRC is seeking a Fundraising Consultant with experience in securing funds from various sources, but particularly from grant-making foundations and other private funders, in order to design a new fundraising strategy for the ERRC.

more ...

horizontal rule