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One of the most significant human rights concerns in Hungary is the prejudice, discrimination and bias-motivated violence against the Roma people. Institutional discrimination, primarily in the field of the criminal and administrative justice system is in the focus of the Roma Program. The Program's aim is to have a positive impact on the law enforcement and administrative authorities as well as on the judiciary. We systematically call attention to the application of double standards, and thereby seek to reduce the occurrence of this phenomenon. In addition, it is our objective to have a positive effect on the legislation: to reverse the process of criminalization of poverty and thereby that of the Roma people. For the sake of the cause, we primarily carry out strategic litigation and legal advocacy activities.  The Program also strives to take a stand against prejudice and discrimination by shaping opinion through different communication activities.

In the first three years of the Program (2010-2012), we conducted regular fieldwork with the goal of empowering Roma activitsts and communities with tools to be able to enforce their rights. We set up several legal support stations in order to provide legal aid through Skype to the Roma people living in deep poverty and in complete isolation, devoid of any possibility to enforce their rights. The Skype legal aid service is still operational, but regular fieldwork had to be suspended due to a lack of funding. We are constantly seeking supporters in order to continue the active fieldwork started in 2010.

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2017-03-17

Miskolc, the third largest city in Hungary has been openly against its Roma inhabitants for the past few years. Discriminative measures have been carried out and the municipality’s communication is hostile and stigmatizing.

https://tasz.hu/
2017-02-17

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) initiated an actio popularis lawsuit based on the Equal Treatment Act of Hungary (ETA) against the Heves County Police Department following racially motivated events in the village of Gyöngyöspata (Heves County, Hungary) in the spring of 2011. In its judgment of 8 February 2017, the Supreme Court of Hungary (the Kúria) ruled that the failure to protect the Roma from racist harassment amounted to harassment under the ETA.

https://tasz.hu/
2016-02-24

One of the most serious crime-series ever committed in the history of Hungarian criminology and forensics started on the 21st July 2008 in village called Galgagyörk in Pest County.

https://tasz.hu/
2015-11-03

The Supreme Court of Hungary has issued a judgment that local governments are not allowed to make decisions forcing certain groups to leave a municipality or creating difficulties for their settlement there.

https://tasz.hu/
2015-07-14

The Hungarian Ombudsperson found in his recent report that the local government of Miskolc has been seriously violating the right to equal treatment and other fundamental rights of the local Roma inhabitants by its discriminative measures, practices and regulations. The mayor of the city is determined in pursuing the discriminative policies.

https://tasz.hu/
2015-06-11
In March 2014, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Legal Defense Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities notified Hungary's ombudsman, the commissioner for fundamental rights, about the local police department's control of people living in the segregated areas of Miskolc. The ombudsman's report has revealed severe violations of fundamental rights, especially against Roma people living in deep poverty. HCLU has promised to take further action should Miskolc officials not comply with the recommendations proposed by the ombudsman.

 

https://tasz.hu/
2015-04-21

This project realized by Action and Protection Foundation, Háttér Society, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Romaversitas Foundation aims to reduce school bullying against minorities, especially against Roma, Jewish and LGBTQI youth.

https://tasz.hu/
2015-02-16

Why does Hungary's Guardianship Authority remove children from a family that intends to take care of them? The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union has followed up on one outrageous case.

https://tasz.hu/
2014-10-27

In response to the modification of housing rules aimed at relocating Roma people from Miskolc, Hungary, incredible regulations have been introduced by adjacent settlements by way of "self-defense."

https://tasz.hu/
2014-09-05

Hungary’s National Police force has been accused of discrimination in targeting Roma citizens for trivial fines. NGOs have sent a letter to the police commissioner, who denies the allegations, asking for a working group to study the problem.

https://tasz.hu/
2014-07-03

The Minority Rights Group (MRG), an international rights organization published today its Annual Report focusing on hate crimes and hate speech against minorities in European countries. State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014 presents compelling examples and case studies from Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The author of the Hungarian case study is Eszter Jovánovics, Head of the HCLU’s Roma Program.

https://tasz.hu/
2014-03-03

Hungary ratified the UN Convention on the rights of the child in 1993. For the third time - after 1998 and then 2006 - the Committee reviews Hungary's compliance with the Convention.  A coalition of NGOs - including the HCLU - has reported to the Committee. 

https://tasz.hu/
2014-01-06

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s speech the 444.hu news portal investigated what it is like for African-Americans to live in the United States today. We decided to show, using statistical data and the findings of international and domestic research projects and studies, what Romani people’s lives are like in present day Hungary.

https://tasz.hu/
2013-09-23

Hungarian and international NGOs have responded to police statements about a possible racist attack in front of a primary school in Konyár. The Hungarian Police force has stated that there were no human rights violations on 5 September when a busload of football fans stopped in front of the school. The police based their conclusion on an unclear, mute recording, which they recently released. However, according to human rights organisations, the legality of the police reaction is disputable, and the recording is not sufficient to explain what happened in Konyár.

https://tasz.hu/
2013-09-12

The HCLU is one of the six human rights NGOs calling on Hungarian authorities to fully investigate an incident at a school in Konyár on 5 September, and the police response. A busload of football fans stopped outside the school, which has a large majority of Roma pupils, and which had to dismiss a teacher for racist comments earlier this year. What happened next is unclear, as police reports differ greatly from eyewitness reports.

https://tasz.hu/
2013-08-07

Amnesty International, the European Roma Rights Centre, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities, and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union welcomed the Budapest District Court decision according to which the series of attacks against Hungarian Roma in 2008-2009 were racially motivated. 

https://tasz.hu/

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2017-03-17

Miskolc, the third largest city in Hungary has been openly against its Roma inhabitants for the past few years. Discriminative measures have been carried out and the municipality’s communication is hostile and stigmatizing.

https://tasz.hu/
2017-02-17

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) initiated an actio popularis lawsuit based on the Equal Treatment Act of Hungary (ETA) against the Heves County Police Department following racially motivated events in the village of Gyöngyöspata (Heves County, Hungary) in the spring of 2011. In its judgment of 8 February 2017, the Supreme Court of Hungary (the Kúria) ruled that the failure to protect the Roma from racist harassment amounted to harassment under the ETA.

https://tasz.hu/
2016-02-24

One of the most serious crime-series ever committed in the history of Hungarian criminology and forensics started on the 21st July 2008 in village called Galgagyörk in Pest County.

https://tasz.hu/
2015-11-03

The Supreme Court of Hungary has issued a judgment that local governments are not allowed to make decisions forcing certain groups to leave a municipality or creating difficulties for their settlement there.

https://tasz.hu/
2015-07-14

The Hungarian Ombudsperson found in his recent report that the local government of Miskolc has been seriously violating the right to equal treatment and other fundamental rights of the local Roma inhabitants by its discriminative measures, practices and regulations. The mayor of the city is determined in pursuing the discriminative policies.

https://tasz.hu/
2015-06-11
In March 2014, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Legal Defense Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities notified Hungary's ombudsman, the commissioner for fundamental rights, about the local police department's control of people living in the segregated areas of Miskolc. The ombudsman's report has revealed severe violations of fundamental rights, especially against Roma people living in deep poverty. HCLU has promised to take further action should Miskolc officials not comply with the recommendations proposed by the ombudsman.

 

https://tasz.hu/
2015-04-21

This project realized by Action and Protection Foundation, Háttér Society, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and the Romaversitas Foundation aims to reduce school bullying against minorities, especially against Roma, Jewish and LGBTQI youth.

https://tasz.hu/
2015-02-16

Why does Hungary's Guardianship Authority remove children from a family that intends to take care of them? The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union has followed up on one outrageous case.

https://tasz.hu/
2014-10-27

In response to the modification of housing rules aimed at relocating Roma people from Miskolc, Hungary, incredible regulations have been introduced by adjacent settlements by way of "self-defense."

https://tasz.hu/
2014-09-05

Hungary’s National Police force has been accused of discrimination in targeting Roma citizens for trivial fines. NGOs have sent a letter to the police commissioner, who denies the allegations, asking for a working group to study the problem.

https://tasz.hu/
2014-07-03

The Minority Rights Group (MRG), an international rights organization published today its Annual Report focusing on hate crimes and hate speech against minorities in European countries. State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2014 presents compelling examples and case studies from Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The author of the Hungarian case study is Eszter Jovánovics, Head of the HCLU’s Roma Program.

https://tasz.hu/
2014-03-03

Hungary ratified the UN Convention on the rights of the child in 1993. For the third time - after 1998 and then 2006 - the Committee reviews Hungary's compliance with the Convention.  A coalition of NGOs - including the HCLU - has reported to the Committee. 

https://tasz.hu/
2014-01-06

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s speech the 444.hu news portal investigated what it is like for African-Americans to live in the United States today. We decided to show, using statistical data and the findings of international and domestic research projects and studies, what Romani people’s lives are like in present day Hungary.

https://tasz.hu/
2013-09-23

Hungarian and international NGOs have responded to police statements about a possible racist attack in front of a primary school in Konyár. The Hungarian Police force has stated that there were no human rights violations on 5 September when a busload of football fans stopped in front of the school. The police based their conclusion on an unclear, mute recording, which they recently released. However, according to human rights organisations, the legality of the police reaction is disputable, and the recording is not sufficient to explain what happened in Konyár.

https://tasz.hu/
2013-09-12

The HCLU is one of the six human rights NGOs calling on Hungarian authorities to fully investigate an incident at a school in Konyár on 5 September, and the police response. A busload of football fans stopped outside the school, which has a large majority of Roma pupils, and which had to dismiss a teacher for racist comments earlier this year. What happened next is unclear, as police reports differ greatly from eyewitness reports.

https://tasz.hu/
2013-08-07

Amnesty International, the European Roma Rights Centre, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities, and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union welcomed the Budapest District Court decision according to which the series of attacks against Hungarian Roma in 2008-2009 were racially motivated. 

https://tasz.hu/

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