Roma Rights Advocacy

Romas Sentenced for Hate Crime Against Hungarians

The attack by the Roma defendants did not take place because those riding in the car were Hungarians, but because they were presumed to be extremists on the prowl, however, the court still ordered prison sentences for committing hate crime. It is the HCLU’s opinion that the court once again misinterpreted and erroneously applied laws on hate crime.

European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Hungary in Police Brutality Case

The European Court of Human Rights (Court) has ruled that Hungary violated the European Convention of Human Rights (Convention) in a case of excessive police violence against a Romani woman. In the case of Borbála Kiss v. Hungary, the Court found that Hungary violated Article 3 of the Convention, in a case brought by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU).The Court awarded 5000 Euros in damages.

Shadow Report about the Events at Gyöngyöspata

The ad hoc committee that investigates the events at Gyöngyöspata held its first substantial session on September 28.The HCLU published its Shadow Report and documentary video about the events the same day. The Committee was established by the two-third government majority in the Parliament through a resolution that was enacted on June 7.

The summary of the Shadow Report can be found attached.

Holes in Putnok

A Roma family in Putnok lives in fear since they informed the police that they heard noises similar to gunshots, and then found two holes on the gate of their home. Investigators only arrived after public pressure. The mayor says it is all a rumor.

Now you can find out if your representative is on your side

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 would help them gain insight into local decision-making processes. By having access to data of public interest and exercising participatory rights, their situation can be improved so they can reach the social level of the less underprivileged majority.

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.