Roma Rights

Hungary: Report into vigilante activities in Gyöngyöspata fails to address discrimination - 4 April 2012

Amnesty International wrote to the Hungarian authorities expressing its concern that the report by the Parliamentary ad-hoc Committee, published on 30 March regarding the vigilante activities in the village of Gyöngyöspata in March 2011 failed to address the human rights abuses suffered by the Romani residents.

Slovenia: Fear of forcible return/fear for safety - 11 November 2005

Ali Berisha (m), aged about 36, his wife Mahi (aged 36) and their four children, Dem (m), aged 8, Egzon (m), aged 6, Egzona (f), aged 4 and Haxhi (m), aged 3, all members of the Romani/Ashkali/Egyptiani (RAE) minority community, are at imminent risk of being forcibly removed from Slovenia to Germany, and from there to Kosovo, where they would be at risk of ethnically-motivated attack.

Slovenia: The 'erased' - Briefing to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - 28 November 2005

This document details Amnesty International's concerns relating to the implementation of the ICESCR in Slovenia and focuses in particular on the human rights violations linked to the unresolved status of individuals removed from the Slovenian registry of permanent residents in 1992 (the so-called "erased"), including their lack of access to full reparation for the violation of their human rights to which the "erasure" led. At the end of this report the unedited version of the concluding observations of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, issued on 25 November 2005, is attached as an appendix.

False starts: The exclusion of Romani children from primary education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia - 16 November 2006

This report focuses on the lack of access to primary education in three countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Croatia and Slovenia. Too often, Romani children in these countries do not attend school, or do so only intermittently, and fail to complete primary education. Some are segregated in "Roma only" groups or classes, where they are offered a reduced curriculum. Racist attitudes and prejudice are prevalent, even among some teachers and educators working with Romani children.

Slovenia: Amnesty International condemns forcible return of "erased" person to Germany - 1 February 2007

Amnesty International condemns the forcible return to Germany, which took place on 1 February 2007, of Ali Berisha, an "erased" person, his wife Mahi, and their five children. In Germany they would be at risk of being removed to Kosovo. There, as members of Romani/Ashkali/Egyptiani communities, with the current uncertainty surrounding the final status of Kosovo and the recent increase in ethnic tension, they would be at risk of ethnically-motivated attacks.

Slovenia: Amnesty International calls for an end to discrimination against Roma and for reparation for the "erased" - 9 June 2010

United Nations Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Angola.

Greece: Alleged ill-treatment of Lazaros Bekos and Lefteris Kotropoulos by police officers - 18 June 1998

This brief external document accompanies the WERAN Action 12/98 and summarizes the events around the case of alleged ill-treatment of two Roma juveniles by police officers.

Greece: "It should never happen" Citizenship: Greek, Identity: Romani. The ill-treatment of Nikos Katsaris by police - 1 December 1999

Amnesty International is concerned about allegations that members of the Roma community are being subjected to ill-treatment by police forces. This document examines the case of Nikos Katsaris, aged 23 who, along with three other family members, who was allegedly ill treated by police officers during a road identity check.

Greece: "Shut up, we'll take you barefoot": The alleged ill-treatment of Andreas Kalamiotis by police - 30 June 2001

Amnesty International is concerned about allegations that members of the Roma community are being subjected to ill-treatment from the police forces on the grounds of their ethnic identity, and cites the example of Andreas Kalamiotis.

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