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ERRC Written Comments Concerning Slovakia to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

3 August 2004

In the submission, the ERRC noted that the Slovak government has not fully complied with a number of its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Roma in Slovakia are regularly subjected to discrimination in almost all aspects of their life, from interaction with law-enforcement authorities and the judiciary to the exercise of economic, social and cultural rights. In addition, violence against Roma persists in Slovakia, and justice is difficult for Roma to secure in practice, if not fully unattainable. The ERRC submission to the CERD presents the results of ERRC research in several areas of relevance to the Convention. Following a general introduction, the following issues are discussed:

  • Anti-Romani Expression in Slovakia
  • Anti-Discrimination Law and Policy
  • Violence
  • Coercive Sterilisation of Romani Women
  • Medical Care, Social Security and Social Services
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Issues Related to the Provision of/Possession of Residence Permits
  • Discrimination in Access to Public Accommodation
  • Ethnic Statistical Data
  • Human Rights Defenders

The submission concludes with some rudimentary recommendations for the Slovak government, intended to assist the Committee in bringing concluding observations with respect to Slovakia's compliance with the ICERD. The full text of the ERRC's written comments about Slovakia to the CERD is available

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ERRC Joins Call to End Childhood Statelessness in Europe

22 November 2016

Budapest, London, 22 November 2016: Today the European Network on Statelessness (ENS), representing over fifty civil society organisations from across Europe, including the European Roma Rights Centre, will hand over a petition to members of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe calling on European leaders to commit to ending childhood statelessness.

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Nucené a Kruté: Sterilizace a její důsledky pro Romské ženy v České Republice (1966-2016)

28 November 2016

Tato zpráva zkoumá praktiky nedobrovolných sterilizací v České republice, tak jak si je proti jejich vůli a bez svobodného souhlasu prožily romské ženy. Spolu s přehledem institucionálního, právního a politického kontextu, v rámci kterého se tyto sterilizace konaly, se zpráva zaměřuje především na osobní svědectví sterilizovaných romských žen. Ta byla získána prostřednictvím individuálních rozhovorů a v rámci skupinových diskuzí 22 nedobrovolně sterilizovaných žen.

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Coercive and Cruel: Sterilisation and its Consequences for Romani Women in the Czech Republic (1966-2016)

28 November 2016

This report examines the practice of coercive sterilisations in the Czech Republic as experienced by Romani women against their will or without free and informed consent. Along with a review of the institutional, legal and policy context within which these sterilisations took place, the main focus of the report is on the personal experiences of sterilised Romani women.

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