"Did you stop my husband because of his skin color?"

We were in Eger once again. Every day, around Verőszala Street, Roma riding on their bikes are fined by the police. Over a one-month period, Csaba has received 150,000 forints (nearly 1,000 dollars) worth of fines. The incident he recounts in our video is expansive because he was riding with his non-Roma wife, who did not have a light on her bike, yet the police stopped him instead of his wife.

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Most people hardly hear or know anything about the living conditions and everyday concerns of the Roma population living in extreme poverty, often in segregated settlements.

During their visits in North-Eastern Hungary, our colleagues interview locals about the issues they are currently most concerned with. The aim of our new series entitled “Make Your Voice Seen” is to deliver the messages of these people to a broader public.

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Kapcsolódó hírek

'He’s after me and won’t leave me alone'

How might the authorities use and abuse the law to harass somebody? Imposing fines for minor offences is an easy way. Especially, if the person involved is underprivileged, therefore has little capability to enforce his rights.

This is favoritism

The 2012 budget for the public works program is 140-150 billion forints. Earlier we spoke with Vera Messing, researcher for both the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for Sociology and Central European University, regarding the specifics and effects of the public works program.

How can a light shine when it's facing the sun?

In our video, you can hear about Joseph’s story, which is yet another example of the typical attitude of the police in Borsod and Heves Counties: they fine local Roma for acts that are unnoticeable, and the punishment doesn’t nearly fit the crime, if they even committed a crime at all.