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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amnesty International is concerned about reports that refugees, migrants, asylum-seekers and the homeless are being rounded up and detained as the Greek government mounts the biggest security operation in the history of the Olympic Games.