Our achievements

  • we provided legal representation, free of charge, to dozens of discriminated individuals in court proceedings;
  • we achieved first positive decisions before Slovak courts where they ruled about discrimination based on etnic origins and awarded financial compensations to the discriminated individuals;
  • after exhausting all available domestic judicial remedies, we provided legal representation, free of charge, to several discriminated individuals before international human rights bodies (European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg and United Nations Treaty monitoring bodies);
  • we initiated in Slovak courts public interest litagtion based on so called ‘actio popularis’ – complaints which can be claimed by non-governmental organizations in cases of discrimination of larger numbers of individuals - complaints we submitted by now concerned segregation of Roma children in education, discriminatory laws and segregation of Roma women in maternities;
  • we filed a lawsuit, where Slovak courts ruled for the first time concerning the segregation of Roma children in education;
  • in 2015 we published a publication ‘Actio popularis, an effective way to fight discrimination’ (in Slovak only with its summary in English), which introduced an ‘actio popularis’ complaint in detail to the public;
  • zwe increased a public awareness about the legal options for protection from discrimination by
    • field monitoring,
    • issuing flyers,
    • organizing training events for attorneys, judges, counsels of Centers for legal aid or Community workers;
  • in 2012, we evaluated in detail a practical application of the Antidiscrimination Act, and with our findings, we published a publication ‘Discrimination in Slovakia: Searching for barriers in the access to effective legal protection from discrimination’ (in Slovak only with its summary in English);
  • on a regular basis, we provided information to the International Institutions of the UN or the Council of Europe about shortcomings in the field of the application of the domestic Antidiscrimination Act.