17 August 2023
Brussels, 17 August 2023: The mother and the sister of a Romani man who was beaten to death by police in Arad, Romania have filed a criminal complaint against two local police officers who were involved. The complaint was filed on 7th August 2023 and requests that the officers be held criminally liable as co-perpetrators. Legal support is being provided by RomaJust and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC).
10 August 2023
Prague, Brussels, 10 August 2023: Human rights lawyers from the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Forum for Human Rights (FORUM) have filed a case before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against the Czech Republic for the death of Romani man Stanislav Tomáš in police custody in Teplice in 2021. The Czech Constitutional Court dismissed the organisations’ constitutional appeal in April 2023. The case before the Court is on behalf of the deceased Romani man’s surviving family member.
20 June 2023
Brussels, 20 June 2023: The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) has issued a decision on the complaint “ERRC vs. Belgium (no. 185/2019)”, finding Belgium violated the rights of Romani Travellers during mass police raids in May 2019. The decision is binding, and Belgian authorities must demonstrate the measures it has taken to abide by the Committee’s decision. The collective complaint was lodged by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) after the Belgian police launched the largest police operation the country had seen in over 20 years, targeting Romani communities living on permanent and temporary halting sites all over the country. The complaint relied on evidence and witness testimonies gathered by Unia, Belgium’s Equality Body, in their monitoring of the situation.
06 June 2023
Bratislava, Brussels, 6 June 2023: The Ombudsperson of Slovakia, Robert Dobrovodský, has issued a decision condemning Slovak police officers who brutalised and tortured a Romani family during a police raid in Milhosť in 2019. The decision finds the officers’ actions to have been disproportionate, constituting humiliating and degrading treatment, in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 3 (prohibition of torture). The Ombudsperson has written to the Head of the Regional Directorate of Police in Košice to recommend he take disciplinary sanctions against the officers and order them to undergo human rights training in relation to the use of coercive measures. He also recommended the use of body-cameras which would monitor police actions. The decision came in response to a legal complaint submitted by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC).
17 May 2023
Brussels, 17 May 2023: New, volunteer-led, research published today by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) provides the first ever, data-driven picture of anti-Roma hate speech on major social media networks in Europe. The research was a product of the ERRC’s “Roma Rights Defenders” volunteer section, which was active in the four target countries: Albania, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. The data sets, observations, and conclusions drawn by the volunteer research teams provide a vivid and representative snapshot of online anti-Roma hate speech in Europe.
15 May 2023
Sofia, Brussels, 15 May 2023: Romani activists have launched three separate legal challenges against: the far-right Member of the European Parliament, Angel Dzambazki; the far-right VMRO political party; and the “7 Days” news server, over anti-Roma hate speech. The complaints were lodged with the Bulgarian Commission for Protection Against Discrimination on 2nd May by representatives of the Equal Opportunities Initiative and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC).
30 March 2023
Budapest, Brussels 30 March 2023: The European Court of Human Rights has issued a judgment against Hungary for the racial segregation of Romani children in the Jókai Mór Primary School in Piliscsaba. The case was brought by Imre Szolcsán, a Romani student who attended the school, and complained of segregation and poor teaching.