A heavy stone was flung

Even one month after the end of the patrol action of the Civil Guard Association for a Better Future, a right-wing paramilitary group, there still isn’t peace in Gyöngyöspata.

The head of the extremist movement, Defence Force, bought a plot of land next to the Gipsy row, where a training camp will be held on Easter weekend. The land is accessible only via the Gipsy row. Members of the Defence Force started to gather there already on April 16th. It was on that night that the crime presented in our video took place: two bald men dressed in black uniforms smashed the windows of one of the houses with two stones larger than fists, while shouting “You will die dirty Gipsies, if you don’t move away from Pata.” There were two adults in the house. The policeman that they alerted simply put the two stones used in the crime out into garden. The next day one of the plaintiffs recognized the two bald perpetrators, and reported this to the local policeman who happened to be there. However, the policeman did not react to this information; he told the plaintiff that he could give an account of this at the hearing.
The HCLU provides legal assistance for the plaintiff in the case.

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Kapcsolódó hírek

HCLU vs. Police: the trial of discrimination against Roma

On June 13, 2013 the trial of the actio popularis against the Heves County Police begins at the County Court of Eger. The lawsuit was initiated by the HCLU against the Police for discriminating against the Roma in Gyöngyöspata based on their ethnicity and skin color during and following the extremist “patrols” of 2011. At stake: will the court hold the state responsible for the discriminative treatment of the Roma?

Civil Guard Association For a Better Future: We are not patrolling but observing

Under the guise of observations "in service of the residents”, uniformed men terrorize children and harass adults based on their ethnicity or national status in Magyarbánhegyes. According to this, it seems as if police did not defend locals against persecution. (The Civil Guard Association for a Better Future with other extremist anti-Roma groups – pretending to be militiamen and vindicating the right to maintain public order – have started a systematic campaign of intimidation against the Roma for weeks in Gyöngyöspata, Hungary in April 2011. They illegally patrolled the village and provoked the Roma adults and children.The HCLU published its Shadow Report and a documentary video about the events. The summary of the Shadow Report can be found here.

Now I ask the questions, and they answer

The aim of the Make your voice heard! project of the HCLU is to facilitate advocacy skills of Roma communities. Therefore, the HCLU trains Romani activists in freedom of information and in participatory rights. This obtained knowledge will help them gain insight into local decision-making processes. By having access to data of public interest and exercising participatory rights, their situation will improve so they can reach the social level of the less underprivileged majority.