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.


Kapcsolódó hírek

“He even kicked the bike”

We have presented similar stories on our blog many times. So it was not a one-time occurence, that’s for sure. At least not in Heves or Borsod county. What we’re talking about here, is that some policemen take pleasure in fining very poor people, who are mostly Romas, for breaking bicycle rules, all the time. Who they fine and how much they fine them for depends on the policeman’s discrimination and mood, rather than the bicycle laws. The man in this video lives in Eger.

'A poor man is pulled even by the branch of a tree'

I wonder how many cyclists are stopped in a wealthy neighborhood of a bigger city each year due to worn out tires, missing winter tires, missing reflector, or because of a disconnected brake cable? All of us who use such vehicles commit similar petty offenses. The lives of Borsod county’s (Hungary) Roma people – who live in poverty - are embittered by the police. They periodically give unnecessarily harsh fines of 10,20,30 thousand HUF (approximately 40,80,120 €).

The HCLU's movies shared a Special Award at the Hégető Honorka Prize ceremony

The aim of the Prize is to acknowledge television and online video works aimed at highlighting the problems of marginalised groups, and raising public and media awareness. It is a big honour for us to be awarded this prize in 2013.