Combating Discrimination and Advancing Minority Rights in Slovakia – Reflections and Lessons

The project aims to further address human rights violations against Roma minority in Slovakia through public interest litigation. It enables us to carry on litigation of cases of discrimination and police abuses against Roma already pending in domestic courts as well as international judicial institutions (European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, UN Treaty monitoring bodies). The court decisions being achieved are subsequently followed by advocacy work towards the relevant state authorities so that they acknowledge their positive obligation to prevent human rights violations of Roma and secure equality and dignity for them in the Slovak society by adopting necessary policies and measures.

The addressed issues include discrimination of Roma in access to employment, services and health care, discrimination of Roma children in education and ongoing police brutality.

Within the project we also specifically collaborate with a group of Roma women activists and support their own initiatives on the protection of human rights of Roma minority in Slovakia.

The project is implemented in the period from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019 with the financial support of Open Society Foundations.