European Court of Human Rights

Strategic litigation at the ERRC means supporting legal cases designed to expose and contribute to the elimination of discriminatory structures that prevent Roma from enjoying full equality.

The ERRC has lodged numerous cases against European countries with the Court. ERRC litigation has resulted in positive judgments relating to discrimination against Roma on a broad range of issues covered by the Convention, including police abuse, violence by non-state actors, education and housing.

Through its strategic litigation and landmark cases the ERRC has contributed the development of the Court’s jurisprudence regarding Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits discrimination in relation to substantive articles included in the Convention.

The most significant cases brought by the ERRC to date include Moldovan and Others v Romania, Secic v Croatia and D.H. and Others v the Czech Republic.

For general information see the website of the European Court of Human Rights; or visit HUDOC for case law.

Case law

Pastrama v Ukraine (third-party intervention, pending)
Bekir and others v Macedonia (pending)
Kósa v Hungary (third-party intervention, pending)
Aydarov and others v Bulgaria (third-party intervention, pending)
Magyar Jeti Zrt v Hungary (third-party intervention, pending)
Lacatus v Switzerland (third-party intervention, pending)
Hysenaj v Albania (third-party intervention, pending)
Alković v Montenegro (third-party intervention, pending)
Burlya v Ukraine (pending)
Bagdonavicius and others v Russia (third party intervention, pending)
Negrea and others v Romania (pending)
Lingurar v Romania (third party intervention, pending)
Madĕrová v Czech Republic (third party intervention, pending)
Hudorovic and others v Slovenia (third party intervention, pending)
Lupu v Romania (third party intervention, 2015)
Eminov v the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (pending) 
G.H. v Hungary (2015)
Dimitrova and others v Bulgaria (third party intervention, pending) 
Cioban v Romania (third party intervention, pending) 
Hirtu and Others v France (pending) 
Balázs v Hungary and Two Other Cases (third party intervention, pending)
Fogarasi and others v Romania (third party intervention, pending)
Winterstein and Others v France (third party intervention, 2013)
Vona v Hungary (third party intervention, 2013)
Horváth and Kiss v Hungary (2013)
Fedorchenko and Lozenko v Ukraine (2012)
Borbála Kiss v Hungary (2012)
Koky and Others v Slovakia (2012)
Kleyn and Aleksandrovich v Russia (2012)
Carabulea v Romania (2010)
Sashov v Bulgaria (2010)
Orsus and Others v Croatia (2009)
Stoica v Romania (2008)
Jasar v the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (2007)
D.H. and Others v the Czech Republic (2007)
Šečić v Croatia (2007)
Moldovan and Others v Romania  (2005)
Nachova and Others v Bulgaria (2005)
Bekos and Koutropoulos v Greece (2005)
Balogh v Hungary (2004)
Connors v the United Kingdom (2004)
G.B. v Bulgaria (2004)
Anguelova v Bulgaria (2002)
Conka v Belgium (2002)
Velikova v Bulgaria (2000)
Assenov v Bulgaria (1998)
Chapman v the United Kingdom (2001)

Pastrama v Ukraine (third-party intervention, pending)

18 November 2016

Facts

The applicant is a Romani woman who was living until 30 May 2012 in an unauthorised Romani settlement near railway tracks in Kyiv. That day, she and the others were forcibly - and quite violently - evicted from the site by plain-clothed police officers. The officers made the men strip to the waist and then photographed them; the officers also shot a dog. The police told the people they were evicting that they were making way for the 2012 EUFA (football) championships. The applicant unsuccessfully tried to get prosecutors to take action against those responsible. 

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Bekir and others v Macedonia (pending)

8 November 2016

Facts

The applicants are members of a Romani community who have been living – in some cases for many years – on land located in Skopje (the capital of Macedonia). They are very poor and have been living on the site in informal housing, mostly in shacks they built themselves. 

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Kósa v Hungary (third-party intervention, pending)

26 October 2016

Facts

The case concerns the segregation of Romani children in a school operated by the Greek Catholic Church in Nyíregyháza (Hungary). The case started when the Chance for Children Foundation, a Hungarian NGO, took actio popularis litigation (i.e. litigation in its own name as an NGO) challenging the segregation. 

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