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ERRC attacks lead poisoning in Kosovo Roma camps

6 September 2005

In 2000, WHO told UNMIK that the Roma living on the IDP camps in North Mitroveca had to be evacuated because the sites were toxic and contaminated with lead from the Trepca mine. No action was taken. In 2004, WHO tested the blood lead levels of the camp residents and again told UNMIK that immediate evacuation was necessary as the situation was a serious health hazard. Still in September 2005, the Roma have not been evacuated.

On 2 September 2005, ERRC filed a complaint with the prosecutor in Pristina asking him to investigate under Article 291(5) of the Provisional Criminal Code of Kosovo to find the perpetrators who were causing serious personal injury to the Roma and to bring criminal charges. If these perpetrators are local officials or internationals who have immunity, immunity must be lifted so proper procedures can be taken.

 

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ERRC submission to the European Commission on Roma Inclusion in enlargement countries (May 2017)

25 May 2017

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission on enlargement component of the EU Roma Framework.

 

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Roma Rights 1 2017: Roma and Conflict: Understanding the Impact of War and Political Violence

16 May 2017

The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

Sometimes Roma have been the direct targets of murderous aggression or subject to reprisals. Then there have been the many times where individual Roma actively took a side, but too often the roles played by Roma, Travellers and other minorities were elided from the dominant national narratives that followed.

In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

Editors: Marek Szilvasi, Kieran O’Reilly, Bernard Rorke

Roma Rights 1 2017 (PDF)

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Macron Election Call Out

5 May 2017

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