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Romania's Anti- Discrimination Law Amended

18 May 2007

On 14 July 2006, the Romanian government adopted a law amending Ordinance No. 137/ 2000; the Romanian Government Ordinance on Preventing and Punishing All Forms of Discrimination. The recent amendments bring long awaited revision to antidiscrimination legislation in Romania. With the amendment, Romanian lawmakers have removed the National Council for Combating Discrimination (NCCD), long noted for lacking the independence required to be effective, from the supervision of the Government, placing it under parliamentary supervision. The amendment also extended the deadline for filing a complaint before Council from six months to one year from the date of cause of the action. Under the amended law, a victim of discrimination no longer has to go to the NCCD before going to courts. The NCCD was also obliged under the amended law to elaborate an internal procedure for investigating complaints of discrimination and a national strategy for the implementation of measures aimed at preventing and combating discrimination within sixty days from the date of entering into force of the new law.

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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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