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Swedish Authorities Expel Romani family to Serbia

22 July 2005

According to information provided to the ERRC by the Swedish Red Cross (SRC), on May 31, 2005, Swedish authorities forcibly expelled a Romani family to Serbia. On January 17, 2005, the Swedish Aliens Appeals Board rejected the second appeal against a negative asylum decision by the Swedish Migration Board of Mr Mehmed Limoni, age 43, his wife, 39-year-old Ms Nizajeta Limoni, and their six children – Senad, 17, Samir, 15, Sultijan, 10, Sedat, 9, Sultijana, 5, and 1-year-old Sunita who was born in Sweden – a Romani family from Berivojce, Kosovo. The family was originally intended to be expelled on February 1.The SRC informed the ERRC that on the basis of the family's health information below, a representative of that office, Ms. Ingrid Schioler, submitted yet another application to the Aliens Appeals Board on January 31, 2005, and requested a stay on the expulsion of the Limoni family. On February 1, the Aliens Appeals Board reportedly issued a negative decision regarding the stay on expulsion. A new date for the expulsion of the Limoni family to Belgrade was set for February 21. However, on February 20, Senad attempted suicide and remained in hospital so the expulsion did not take place.

According to the SRC, following the disappearance of their 5-year-old daughter Senada in 2000, Ms Limoni, Sultijan, Sedat and Sultijana arrived in Sweden in May 2001 after fleeing Kosovo to Serbia. Upon arrival in Sweden, Ms Limoni, Sultijan, Sedat and Sultijana immediately applied for asylum and Ms Limoni was hospitalised for treatment of her heart condition. During this time, Sultijan, Sedat and Sultijana stayed with their grandparents who live in Sweden with regular residence permits. Upon her release from hospital, Ms Limoni also moved in with her relatives. Mr Limoni, Senad and Samir lived in a camp run by Russian K-for soldiers in Kosovo until August 2002 when they fled to Sweden directly from Kosovo and immediately applied for asylum.

The SRC reports that with the exception of Sunita all members of the Limoni family suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition, Ms Limoni requires constant treatment for her heart condition and Senad reportedly tried to commit suicide at the beginning of February 2005. Samir has recently undergone surgery to remove a cyst from his right ear. He currently reportedly cannot hear from this ear and another operation is planned to ensure that the entire cyst was removed and to rebuild the bone. Sedat is reportedly extremely traumatised, and Sultijana experiences extremely slow physical development. Given the present situation in Kosovo, it is unlikely that the family members will have access to adequate health care to treat their illnesses.

According to the SRC, all members of the Limoni family with the exception of the Ms Limoni and Senad were returned to Serbia on May 31. Ms Limoni was left behind to assist in the search for her son Senad who went missing previous to deportation.

To view the full text of the ERRC letter of concern sent to Barbro Holmberg, Sweden's Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy, please visit the ERRC website at: cms/upload/media/01/3E/m0000013E.doc.

(SRC)

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ERRC submission to UN CEDAW on the Czech Republic (January 2016)

22 January 2016

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning the Czech Republic to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women at the 63th session (23 February 2016). 

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School Segregation of Roma and Egyptian Communities in Albania

24 November 2015

This video talks about segregation of Roma and Egyptian children in one school in Albania. The "Naim Frasheri" school, covering nine grades, is in outskirts of city of Korca. It is known as "Roma and Egyptian" school because all children of this school come from families from these two communities. The school has a total of 283 Roma and Egyptian children. The video shows as well what important role can play institutions such as Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination and People' Advocate (Ombudsman) in fighting school segregation. The decision of Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination and Recommendations of People' Advocate create an working platform not only for Ministry of Education and its depending institutions, but as well for all actors working in this field.

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Joint submission to UN CEDAW on Slovakia (October 2015)

2 October 2015

Written comments by the European Roma Rights Centre and Center for Civil and Human Rights concerning Slovakia to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women at the 62nd Session (26 October - 20 November 2015).  

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