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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