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

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)
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 – no violation found but useful language from the Court

Dimitrova and others v. Bulgaria

23 June 2015

Facts

This case concerns attempts by the municipality of Varna, in Bulgaria, to evict three Romani families from their homes. Living in dilapidated houses owned by the municipality, the families had petitioned for adequate housing for over fifteen years to no avail. 

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Cioban v. Romania

19 June 2015

Facts

This case concerns allegations that police discriminated and ill-treated a group of Roma in Oradea, Romania. Police approached the group, accusing them of illegal parking and littering, stating explicitly that they were responding to a complaint that identified Roma as the wrongdoers.  

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Hirtu and Others v France

19 January 2015

Facts

The applicants are Roma who have Romanian nationality. Most of them have been living in France for over 10 years and have residence documents in France as EU citizens. They have been subjected to various forced evictions over the years.  

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