On 29 January 2020, together with the NGO Forum for Human Rights, we organized a discussion on the right to health in marginalized Roma communities in Košice. Together with representatives of various public institutions (Regional Public Health Office, Healthy Communities, Office of Public Defender of Rights, Office of Commissioner for Children, Office of Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Office of Government Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities, Slovak National Center for Human Rights and others) we talked about the right to health in the context of environmental burdens and the right to access drinking water in marginalized Roma communities.
Through case studies, we got acquainted with the situation in specific locations such as Rudňany, Veľká ida or the Luník IX housing estate in Košice. Our colleague Denisa shared our practical experience in monitoring such cases directly in the field and shared concrete stories of people who do not have access to drinking water. Finally, we discussed the legal options for dealing with this issue through strategic litigation. We organized the event in cooperation, within a project supported by Open Society Foundations.