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UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

1 January 2011

UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

This project implemented by the ERRC aims to provide legal assistance to victims of torture and members of their family in various countries. In 2011, under the project the ERRC is providing direct legal assistance for Romani victims of torture in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. These cases concern ill-treatment and/or unlawful killing of Roma by state actors, including police and medical personnel. All cases aim at seeking redress for victims, reducing impunity and eliminating torture.

In all cases, legal assistance is provided by ERRC lawyers working closely with local counsel in domestic litigation. Many cases result in applications to international fora, such as the European Court of Human Rights or UN treaty bodies.

The project activities include:

  1. Litigating cases of torture through domestic levels and international fora;
  2. Engagement of the forensic expertise of medical doctors and pathologists to determine the cause of death or injury in cases of torture;
  3. Research and writing on violations of international law by State parties to be submitted in cases at international level;
  4. Follow-up advocacy and litigation on the implementation of positive decisions from previous cases, including prosecution of perpetrators and compensation for victims.

The project is funded by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.

For more information, contact Judit Geller: judit.geller@errc.org

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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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