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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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Joint submission to the Council of Europe on implementation of police brutality judgments in Romania (June 2016)

7 June 2016

Joint submission by the European Roma Rights Centre, Romani CRISS and APADOR-CH concerning Romania's implementation of the Barbu Anghelescu group of cases, for consideration by the Committee of Ministers during its June 2016 review.

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Joint submission to UN CRC on Slovakia (April 2016)

18 April 2016

Written comments by the European Roma Rights Centre and Center for Civil and Human Rights concerning Slovakia for consideration by the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the 72nd Session (17 May 2016 – 03 June 2016)

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Combating Hate Crime and Hate Speech in France and Italy

4 February 2016

Introduction

For years, the ERRC has been documenting hate crime and hate speech in various countries. With support from the Open Society Initiative for Europe, the ERRC is carrying out a project designed to expose the extent of anti-Roma hate crime and hate speech in France and Italy and improve the authorities' response to these problems. The purpose of this project is to introduce a new methodology for this work and apply it in these two Western European countries, where the extent of anti-Roma hate speech and hate crime is largely recognised, but poorly documented or addressed. 

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