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Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Center Concerning Kosovo For Consideration by the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the Occasion of Review of the Country Report of Task Forces on UNMIK

24 March 2006

ERRC submission on the human rights situation of Roma, Ashkalis, Egyptians and other persons regarded as “Gypsies” in Kosovo, 1999-present, provided to the UN Human Rights Committee for the closed discussion on the “Country Report” of “Task Forces on UNMIK” during its 86th session, 13-31 March 2006. The materials provided here are based on ERRC monitoring and field research into the situation of Roma in Kosovo. These include media monitoring during the period 1997-present, intensive field missions in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005, as well as six months of durable field presence in 2000. Following a short introduction on the RAE in Kosovo the submission includes subsections on:

  • Violence and Other Cruel and Degrading Treatment of RAE, in violation of Article 6, Article 7 and Article 9
  • Failure to Prevent Exposure to Extremely Hazardous Conditions, in violation of Article 6 and Article 7
  • Failure to Provide Remedy for Gross Violations of Human Rights, in violation of Article 2
  • Denial of the Right to Return to Place of Origin in Safety and Dignity, in violation of Article 12
  • Systemic Discrimination, in violation of Article 2 and Article 26
  • Denial of Personal Documentation, in violation of Article 16

A number of recommendations follow at the end of this document, based on materials provided here.

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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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