Authorities Ordered to Provide Water for Romani Communities in Prilep, North Macedonia

25 August 2022

Brussels, Skopje 25 August 2022: Authorities in the Municipality of Prilep have been ordered to provide access to clean water for the Romani neighbourhoods of "Debarca" and "Tri Bagremi" in Prilep, North Macedonia. On 23rd August 2022, the Commission for Prevention and Protection against Discrimination communicated a decision which found that the Municipality of Prilep and PUC Water and Sewerage Prilep had directly discriminated against Roma in the city by not ensuring equal access to water. The finding came after a complaint by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) on behalf of Romani people from these communities. The public institutions have six months to implement the decision.

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Equality Body in North Macedonia Orders Primary School to End Segregation of Roma

19 August 2022

Brussels, Skopje 19 August 2022: The Commission for Prevention and Protection against Discrimination of North Macedonia has issued an opinion against the “Gjorgji Sugarev” Primary School in Bitola, giving authorities six months to implement measures aimed at reducing segregation of Romani children in the school. The decision, made on 19th April 2022 and communicated on 12th August 2022, was in response to a complaint made by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) against the municipal primary school for the segregation of Romani children.

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ERRC Report Reveals Police Brutality and Institutional Racism Against Roma Across EU

09 June 2022

Brussels, 9 June 2022: A new report published today by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) highlights widespread institutional racism towards Roma in the law enforcement systems of six EU member states: Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Romania, and Slovakia.

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Slovak Government to Pay Damages to Roma from Moldava Nad Bodvou Police Raid

02 June 2022

Bratislava, Brussels, 2 June 2022: the Slovak Government reached a friendly settlement agreement today with eight Romani men who were brutalised by police officers in 2013 during a police raid on a Romani community in Moldava nad Bodvou.

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Albania: Romani & Egyptian Families Win Landmark School Segregation Case Before European Court

31 May 2022

Brussels, 31 May 2022: Romani and Balkan Egyptian families have won a potentially precedent-setting case against the Albanian government before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) for racial  segregation in the Naim Frasheri School in Korça. 

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Young Roma Activists Resisting Online Hate Speech in the Czech Republic

16 May 2022

Prague, Brussels, 16 May 2022: A group of 20 young Roma have come together to take proactive action against online hate speech in the Czech Republic. The group, most of which are students and volunteers, have come together to monitor and report discriminatory speech online, develop content which provides counter narratives, and are building a base of evidence which will be used for legal action.

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Romani Man Wins Unlawful Detention Case Against Slovak Police

05 May 2022

Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, 5 May 2022: The Bratislava I District Court have ruled in favour of a 30-year-old Romani man with an intellectual disability who was illegally held in police custody for four weeks in 2013. The Court, in its first instance judgment, awarded the man from Moldava nad Bodvou €4,000 in compensation for his unlawful detention and the ill-treatment he suffered while detained. Legal representation was provided by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Validity Foundation (MDAC). The Ministry of Justice has not appealed the decision, meaning the judgment is final.

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