By Léo Heller
In his foreword to ERRC’s new report ‘Thirsting for Justice’, Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation describes how some European states are failing in their obligations when it comes to Roma when it comes to these fundamental human rights.
By Radost Zaharieva
Forced evictions is the main issue affecting foreign Roma living in slums in France. According to the recent report by the ERRC and the Ligue de droits de l’Homme,10,119 Romani people were forcefully evicted from their livings areas in 2016, and another 345 were forced to leave seven settlements due to fires caused mainly by bad living conditions in the slums or squats. The term used by the French authorities about Roma evictions is an “evacuation”. The ERRC attended one of these “evacuations” and observed how Roma are treated during the process.
The ERRC congratulates Irish Traveller organisations and activists for their success after decades of campaigning in making ethnic recognition a reality. Change has been a long time coming. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny got a very rare standing ovation in the Dáil last Wednesday evening, for his announcement of formal recognition for Travellers as a distinct ethnic group within the State, in what he called “a historic day for our Travellers and a proud day for Ireland.”
What’s it going to take to end school segregation in Slovakia? New report exposes the depths of discrimination faced by Romani children
A new report by the ERRC and Amnesty International exposes the shocking extent of school segregation and deeply embedded institutional racism in Slovakia. This discriminatory system continues to deny Romani children the opportunity of quality inclusive education and traps them in an intergenerational cycle of poverty and exclusion.
Despite the Roma-only camps, the Roma-only emergency shelters, despite all the evictions and all the discrimination faced by Roma, Italy remains unpunished for its transgressions. To date, no action has been taken by the European Commission to signal its discontent with the undeclared apartheid that persists in this large and powerful EU member state.