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.
Today the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) submits its petition with tens of thousands of signatures calling on European states to prevent children from growing up without a nationality; to close the gaps to identify and grant nationality to children born on their territory who would otherwise be stateless, as soon as possible after birth; and to ensure access to free and universal birth registration. This issue remains particularly pertinent to Roma.
In a Milan neighbourhood on the night of Friday 4th of November, Paolo Cagna Ninchi was physically attacked and verbally abused by an unknown assailant on his way home. The motive behind the attack was “because his wife is the Gypsy that goes on TV” (è la zingara che va in televisione). Paolo will need an operation for the injury to his eardrum, but otherwise is physically recovering from the assault.