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.

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The constitution states that everyone has a right to access information of public interest, and to circulate it. Information of public interest is any information that is not personal data, or does not have a state or government role. The access to information of public interest is limited. One example is when the requested data is confidential; due to certain interests, the government can also limit the access to information.
The Make your voice heard! activists generally request data from their own settlements or the surrounding area. They are primarily concerned with questions that serve the interest of their communities (for example, jobs, public education, the development of the settlement, the use of EU funds). The starting point of the Make your voice heard! project is the assumption that the distribution of development funds is discriminatory against settlements and settlement districts where Gypsies are the majority. In certain situations, the freedom of information is a great tool for the local Roma communities to access sufficient data to effectively protect their rights. The activists from the HCLU have constant access to legal aid in order to promote the freedom of information, and during group meetings, they have the opportunity to share their experiences and deepen their knowledge.


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She could not handle him: she tied him down

This is another example of teachers’ sadism which happened almost at the same time as the head butting incident. The teacher tied the eight year old little boy to a chair with a skipping rope, because he did not ask for permission to take his eraser to his sibling. The child was tied down for approximately ten minutes and finally his sibling untied him. The boy felt so ashamed that he did not dare to tell the story to his parents at home. The father visited the headmaster at the school where the teacher admitted her act, pleading that did it because she could not handle him. As the headmaster did not want to take any measures against the teacher, the father reported the case to the police.

'There is nothing to say to this'

April 18, 2010, Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary. We visited the quarters of the people evacuated due to the flood. Many of them complained that “Hungarians” didn’t help the Romas during the defense against the flood. The sand ordered by the local government also arrived late. This is what this short video addresses.

"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.