MINELRES: ERRC Highlights Roma Rights Concerns in Russia

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Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>

ERRC Highlights Roma Rights Concerns in Russia

Russia’s Progress Regarding ICERD Guarantees under Review

5 June 2008, Budapest, Geneva: Today the European Roma Rights Centre
(ERRC) submitted a comprehensive parallel report on the human rights
situation of Roma in Russia to the United Nations Committee on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, in advance of the
Committee’s July/August 2008 review of Russia’s compliance with the
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
Discrimination (ICERD). The report is based on extensive first hand
research and media monitoring undertaken by the ERRC.

The main human rights violations highlighted the report include:

- Violent forced evictions of Roma carried out with no regard to due
process of law;

- Discrimination against Roma in the criminal justice system; 

- Racially motivated violence against Roma by non-state actors; and 

- Unchallenged anti-Romani statements by public officials and rampant
hate speech against Roma in the media. 

The submission also includes a series of recommendations for Russian
authorities to improve the overall situation of Roma in Russia with
regard to the human rights guaranteed in the ICERD. 

The full text of the report is available at:

For further information, please contact:

Natasha Kravchuk, ERRC Staff Attorney, natasha.kravchuk@errc.org
(Russian and English)
Eleonora Davidyan, ERRC Legal Consultant, eleonora.davidyan@errc.org
(Russian and English)


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the human rights situation of Roma and
provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more
information about the European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the
web at http://www.errc.org 

To support the ERRC, please visit this link:

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200

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