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.
Roma, Gipsies, Manushes, Gitans/Gitanos, Kale, Sinte, sa manuśa kaj beśen and-e verver thema and-o sasto sundal, po-but thar 10 milionă sine and-e Evropa, thaj isi panda ki Amerika, Australia, Azia thaj kola. So unisardel savore kadale dźene andar verver thema, kontinentă, regionă, so isi len verver tradicie, aćara, jivoto?
This is the second part of the review of what was a truly toxic 2016. In terms of strategic litigation, it was a busy year for the ERRC with nearly a hundred cases concerning 16 countries pending before domestic and international bodies.
The sheer shittiness of 2016 was captured in the end of year video by the comedian John Oliver. As Gary Younge wrote recently, this was a year in which “vulgarity, divisiveness and exclusion won – a triumph for dystopian visions of race, nation and ethnicity … Immigrants and minorities are fearful, bigots are emboldened, discourse is coarsened.”
By Benjamin Ignac
In this blog, our new communications intern at ERRC, Benjamin Ignac describes the challenges and triumphs that shaped him growing up as a Romani person in Croatia, and how his experiences abroad transformed his sense of identity.