Promising Change: Romani Children in State Care in North Macedonia

09 November 2023

Brussels, 9 November 2023: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has today released new research concerning North Macedonia’s progress on deinstitutionalization of its children in state care sector.

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Roma Win Landmark European Judgment Condemning Racial Profiling at the Border in North Macedonia

30 October 2023

Skopje, Brussels, 30 October 2023: The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against North Macedonia in a landmark judgment which condemns racial profiling of Roma at the border.

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ERRC Concerned About Implementation of New Laws on Resolving Statelessness in North Macedonia

19 October 2023

Brussels, 19 October 2023: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) acknowledges recent legislative moves by the North Macedonian government to address statelessness, but remains concerned about how effectively the new laws concerning residence and birth registration, personal identification cards, and citizenship status will be implemented with regards to Roma at risk of statelessness.

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Young Activists Take Legal Action Against Anti-Roma Online Hate in Slovakia

20 September 2023

Bratislava, Brussels, 20 September 2023: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Forum for Human Rights (FORUM) have lodged six criminal complaints against individuals who have posted anti-Roma hate speech on social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube in Slovakia.

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North Macedonian Equality Body Finds Discrimination Against Roma Who Cannot Access ID Following Death of Young Romani Man

18 September 2023

Brussels, Skopje 18 September 2023: the Commission for Prevention and Protection Against Discrimination has issued an opinion recommending the Ministry of Interior  amend a law which prevents Roma living in segregated, informal communities from obtaining identity cards in North Macedonia.

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After 10 Years, Slovak Roma Whose Homes Were Destroyed As ‘Communal Waste’ Win Final Judgment on Appeal

13 September 2023

Brussels, Bratislava 13 September 2023: the Košice Regional Court has ruled in favour of nine Romani plaintiffs who were forcibly evicted from their homes in the district of Nižné Kapustníky, Košice in 2012. The Romani community was evicted under the pretext of waste removal by the city authorities. The inhabitants were offered no alternative accommodation after their homes were demolished, and as a result, they became homeless. The Court has upheld the previous judgment of the District Court Košice II that authorities had discriminated against the community on the basis of their ethnicity and that they violated the plaintiffs´ human dignity and right to private life. The decision is now final.

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Ukraine: New Research on Romani Children in State Care Shows Dangers Posed by Institutionalisation During War

31 August 2023

Brussels, 31 August 2023: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) today released a report detailing the state of the Ukrainian state care system for Romani children. It uncovers the fate of children within the country, those who have fled to neighbouring countries, and the extreme likelihood that Romani children formerly in state care are among the many thousands forcibly abducted by Russian forces. The report is based on research conducted by the ERRC, which includes a series of interviews with Romani families, civil society activists, and representatives of children’s services, as well as high-ranking officials.

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