Without a Chance - The experiences of the HCLU's Romaprogram

The documentary produced by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, a human rights watchdog NGO in Budapest, introduces to the viewer the most common rights violations that Roma people suffer in Hungary.

Through the footage filmed over three years in the North-Eastern part of Hungary by the HCLU, we get to know how discrimination is present in all aspects of life of Roma people: disadvantages at the labour market, discrimination at municipalities, by the police and by the judicial system. We witness how hate crime against Roma is tolerated, and how the law that was originally introduced to protect minorities is in real life used against them. Finally we show how the segregation of Roma children at the Hungarian school system makes sure that they Roma people live with us "Without a Chance."



The Hungarian page is available here: http://tasz.hu/eselytelenul
The original article where the movie was published is available here: http://index.hu/belfold/2013/12/10/eselytelenul_film/

Megosztás

Kapcsolódó hírek

"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.

To serve and beat: Tomi the policeman (part 2.)

"He punched me in the stomach five times. I was made to drink five glasses of water.” There was no interrogation, only beating.

Without Mercy

“The water will stink” – says a Roma child in Gyöngyöspata, of one of the reasons why teachers do not allow them to participate in swimming training at school. This is just one example of discrimination faced by Roma children in the local elementary school. Still, HírTV, one of Hungary’s television news channels, is producing programs - including one made to seem as an investigative report - which aim to present the lack of segregation at the school. HírTV even went as far as to deem a journalist of the British paper The Guardian and the HCLU non-credible and liars. In its reaction to the HCLU’s film and article, HírTV is threatening the HCLU with a copyright lawsuit, however the letter not once refers to the contents and statements of our film contradicting their previous programs, which we find to be quite significant.