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Hate speech by mayor in Hungary

11 July 2000

On April 27, 2000, the mayor of Csór, Mr Dezső Csete, reportedly stated on a news programme of the Hungarian state television, "At the present time, I believe that the Roma of Zámoly have no place among human beings. Just as in the animal world, parasites must be expelled." Roma from the town of Zámoly had recently moved to Csór due to the fact that their houses had been knocked down by the Zámoly municipality. In its May 12, 2000 report on this speech, the Hungarian daily Népszabadság added that the government, the governing parties, and even the opposition did not react to this statement. Only the opposition Alliance of Free Democrats party sought an investigation by the Hungarian government's Ombudsman for National and Ethnic Minorities into the TV news report. This is not the first of such racist statement by Mr Csete: as a candidate for council president of Csór in 1990, he reportedly declared in a local bar that "Every Gypsy should be shot, with one bullet", according to a February 3, 1990 article in the weekly Arena. He reportedly never retracted that statement, but rather, told the press that "90% of the village stood with him."

(Arena, Népszabadság)

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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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