On September 2, 2020, we organized a press briefing to inform about the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of two injured Roma in a police raid in Moldava. The day before, the court ruled that Slovakia had violated their right to protection from police violence and their right to an effective investigation into this violence, including investigation into the possible racial motive as for preparing the whole police action. According to the court, the responsible state authorities did not sufficiently investigate the violence against them, thus violating their international legal obligations in the field of human rights and awarded each of the complainants financial compensation of EUR 20,000.
Foolowing our press release, at the briefing, we informed about the whole case and the decision of the European Court. We also pointed to the need for systemic measures by the state, which would improve the quality of investigations of police violence and prevent these cases in the future.
The briefing also attended one of the injured complainants, who, among other things, said:
"What happened in Moldava, I do not want to happen again."
We would like to thank you Open Society Foundations, Sigrid Rausing Trust and other donors that supported our work on this legal case, enabled us to achieve this decision and organise this press briefing.
Information about the project under which this press briefing was organised:
The project "Promoting the human rights of the Roma minority through the use of legal means of protection and in cooperation with local Roma activists" is supported by the program Active Citizen Fund - Slovakia, which is funded by the Financial Mechanism EHP 2014-2021. The program is managed by the Ekopolis Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Foundation Bratislava and the Carpathian Foundation.