On October 9-10, 2019, we, together with a Roma woman activist, attended a meeting of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva (CECSR).
Already in July 2019, together with our partner organization Forum for Human Rights, we sent the Committee an alternative report informing about violations of the right of many Roma in Slovakia to access drinking water. In September 2019 we also sent the Committee our own alternative report informing about violations of Roma minority rights in other selected areas.
During the Committee session at the lunch briefing, we discussed with members of the Committee about specific violations to access drinking water as well as about waste management, segregation of Roma women in some Slovak hospitals, discrimination against Roma children in education and legislation that has discriminatory impact on Roma women and their children. The Roma woman activist had the opening speech. She summed up based on her own experience the violations of the rights of Roma in these areas. The members of the Committee appreciated the personal participation of the Roma woman from the marginalized Roma community at the meeting.
The members of the Committe subsequently used the received information for adressing questions to the Slovak government delegation.
Our personal participation at the UN Committee session was made possible by the financial support of the Sigrid Rausing Trust.