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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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Call for Grant Proposals: Community Legal Work Projects

20 January 2017

The ERRC’s legal work – which the organisation describes as “strategic litigation” – has been called “elite” or “elitist”. Budapest-best legal staff members work with us, Roma, as well as with local lawyers and NGOs, to design cases to have a big impact at national or European levels, and ultimately to ensure greater respect for our rights. But is this really working for us? Are we yet convinced – as the ERRC is – that court cases, and relying on legal rights more generally, are going to make our situation any better?

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Call for Proposals: Website Design and Hosting

18 January 2017

The European Roma Rights Centre (“the ERRC”) needs a clear, bold website to get strong messages across to the allies and foes of Roma rights: We are equal. The rights violations we suffer are real and unacceptable. We are taking our cases to court and winning. And the ERRC’s activist lawyers, advocates, researchers, human rights monitors, and entire team are making it possible.

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Romani Woman Harassed by Racist Hospital Staff during Childbirth Wins Case

18 January 2017

Budapest, 18 January 2017: A Romani woman harassed by staff while giving birth at a Hungarian hospital has won a decision in her favour from the Hungarian Equality Body. The woman who gave birth to her baby daughter in February 2016 was alone in the hospital and intimidated by staff who subjected her to verbal harassment and racial slurs, with one doctor telling her “you Gypsies give birth only for the money!”

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