Tag: strategic litigation
Jack Greenberg’s profound legacy and life-long commitment to civil rights was celebrated in sadness in a string of obituaries that followed the news of his passing on 12 October 2016 at the age of 91. As the New York Times put it, Jack Greenberg helped achieve through the courts what the political system had denied Southern blacks: “voting rights, equal pay for equal work, impartial juries, equal access to medical care, equal access to schools and other benefits of citizenship broadly enjoyed by whites.”
Will the outcome of the 5th of June local elections make a whit of a difference to the exclusion and privation suffered by Roma in Italy? The authors fear not, and vague campaign promises notwithstanding, anticipate more of the same with no respite from forced evictions and segregationist solutions.
The Hungarian government’s reaction to the European Commission launching an infringement procedure veered between feigned bafflement and a petulant accusation that the EU was ‘getting revenge’ because Hungary earlier contested the EU decision on mandatory refugee quotas.
Roma in Serbia still denied birth certificates – ENS members take legal action to challenge register offices’ unlimited power
The purist in me imagines bureaucrats running around maternity wards, struggling to catch all the details (“Name? Mother’s name? Sorry, can you repeat that…”) over the sound of new-borns screaming for the first time.
In order to develop strategic litigation in the area of reproductive rights it is essential to assess the situation of Romani women in the communities and the discrimination they face. Unlike segregation in schools or social housing, reproductive rights violations against Roma are always intersectional: they thrive on the likelihood that Romani women will not assert, or even recognise, the oppression they experience. The ERRC has helped shine a light on forced sterilisations, but it is far from the form of reproductive rights violation Romani women experience because they are Roma – and women.