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Compensation Now: Campaign on Coerced Sterilisation

3 July 2008

This section of the ERRC’s website contains relevant information and links related to the coerced sterilisation of Romani women in Central Europe. Materials for this section have been prepared around a lobbying campaign commencing on 3 July by the Ostrava-based Group of Women Harmed by Sterilisation, the ERRC and the Peacework Development Fund at the 2008 Women’s Worlds Congress in Madrid, Spain. The campaign is supported by the Open Society Institute’s Public Health Program and the Heinrich Boll Stiftung Warsaw. This page includes updates on actions undertaken by the ERRC and in partners, as well as downloadable campaigning materials in English, Spanish, Czech, Hungarian and Slovak (see below).

 
Elena Gorolova and Marta Puskova of the Group of Women Harmed by Sterilisation at the Women's Worlds Congress in Madrid.
Photo credit: ERRC

 

Tell the governments concerned that it is time for action! Support the Romani survivors of coerced sterilisation in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia by sending our postcard or letter.

Advocacy letter in English

Tell us you sent the letter or postcard, or otherwise supported the campaign, and join our online list of supporters by writing us at: compensation.now@errc.org.

For further information, please contact:

 

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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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