01 August 2019
Brussels 1 August 2019: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) will provide legal assistance to Roma from Milhost, Slovakia who were physically abused by police officers while under arrest on 23 July 2019. Two Romani young men, aged 19, were arrested and severely beaten by police officers after they were detained at a local pub. Three other women, including the mother and aunt of one of the men, were also physically assaulted in police custody after officers entered their home and attacked the family. A complaint has been filed by the victims with the police inspectorate.
20 May 2019
Rome, Brussels 20 May 2019: The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the Italian Government to provide suitable accommodation for Romani families who were forcibly evicted from Giugliano last week. The court recognised the right to family unity and the need to provide adequate housing to Romani families. The emergency case was brought before the court by Associazione 21 luglio and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC).
17 April 2019
Brussels 17 April, 2019: The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has condemned Romania for racist police brutality, and for the first time, found that Roma face institutionalized racism from law-enforcement in Romania. The case was brought by Roma who were brutally attacked in a police raid in 2011. They were represented by the Roma-led NGO, Romano CRISS. The European Roma Rights Centre provided independent information to the court, emphasising the existence of institutional antigypsyism in the Romanian police force.
19 March 2019
Brussels, 19 March 2019: Today, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) published a fact-sheet condemning acts of collective punishment against Romani communities in ten countries in Europe. The publication, which was released to coincide with “Roma Week” at the European Parliament, exposes representative examples of this crime from recent years, perpetrated both by state authorities and far-right groups.
07 January 2019
Niš, Brussels, 7 January 2019: After a six-month power cut, electricity has been restored to a Romani neighbourhood in the southern Serbian city of Niš. The electricity supply was cut off right in the middle of a lawsuit that charged the public power authority, Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS), with race discrimination against the Roma community.
20 December 2018
Budapest 20 December 2018: Today, the Board of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) voted to relocate the main operations of the organisation from its present location in Budapest to a new office in Brussels in early 2019. After more than twenty years of operating in Budapest, the board and management believe that now is the right time to move our head office and registration to Brussels.
12 December 2018
Tirana, Budapest 12 December 2018: A Romani community in Fushe Kruje, Albania have won a case before the Commissioner for the Protection from Discrimination, after taking on the local municipality for refusing to provide them with clean drinking water and sanitation. The Commissioner found that the municipality of Kruje discriminated against Romani families living in the “Kastriot” neighbourhood based on their ethnicity and socio-economic status, and has ordered the municipality to take immediate measures to correct the situation within 30 days or face a fine.