Police Attack Roma Community in Slovakia: Children and Elderly Injured

Budapest, Zborov 24 May 2017: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) have received video evidence of police officers attacking Roma at random in the street in Zborov, Slovakia. Police entered the Romani neighbourhood of Zborov on 16th April and began indiscriminately beating Roma, including children and elderly people.

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Roma Tortured by Police in Belgrade After Reporting Stolen Car

Budapest, 16 May 2017: A Romani man and his wife have reported being abused in Belgrade during a police interrogation after reporting their car as stolen.

Police officers detained Jelena and Ivan for thirteen hours, threatening to imprison them, and telling them they had a car waiting to take their children to an orphanage. The officers aimed ...

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ERRC Demands Justice for Kosovo Victims of Lead Poisoning

Budapest, 15 May 2017: Today, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) submitted over 10,000 signatures to the Secretary General of the United Nations calling for a full public apology, compensation and medical treatment for the Roma, Ashkali and Balkan Egyptians suffering from lead poisoning in the UN administered camps at Mitrovica, Kosovo.

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Does Separating Romani Schoolchildren in France Violate the Equality Principle or Establish Ethnic Discrimination?

Budapest, 11 May 2017: In 2013 several Romani families living in an informal settlement in Ris-Orangis (Essonne) made a formal request for school enrolment of 12 children.  The mayor created a separated class for these children in an isolated room in a sport centre without any connection with any regular school instead of enrolling them in schools ...

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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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