MINELRES: ERRC: Romanian Government Urged to Respect European Court Judgments

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Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>

ERRC Action in Support of Romanian Activistís Protest against Government

Budapest, Bucharest, 6 October 2008: Today, the European Roma Rights
Centre (ERRC) sent a letter of concern to Romanian authorities, drawing
attention to the hunger strike of human rights activist Istvan Haller
and calling on the government to take measures to monitor and safeguard
Mr Hallerís health. 

On 2 October 2008, Mr Haller declared a hunger strike over the
persistent failure of the Romanian Government to address the serious
rights violations caused by three anti-Romani pogroms in the early 1990s
in Hadareni, Plaiesi de Jos and Casinul Nou, Romania. Following European
Court of Human Rights judgments in these cases, the Romanian government
undertook to implement community development projects that included the
setting up of infrastructure, as well as anti-discrimination,
educational and other social measures. To this day however, the
Government has failed to fulfil its legal obligations.

In its letter, sent to Romanian President Mr Traian Basescu, Minister of
Foreign Affairs Mr Lazar Comanescu and Mr Gruia Bumbu, Head of the
National Agency for Roma, the ERRC called for the implementation of
community development programmes in the noted Romanian Romani
communities, and announced its intention to file a brief on the
implementation of the judgments with the Council of Europeís Committee
of Ministers in view of its forthcoming Human Rights Meeting on 2-4
December 2008.

The full text of the ERRCís letter is available on the Internet at: ERRC
Letter Hadareni-Haller.

For further information, contact Theodoros Alexandridis, ERRC Staff
Attorney, theodoros.alexandridis@errc.org.


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the human rights situation of Roma and
provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more
information about the European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the
web at http://www.errc.org 

To support the ERRC, please visit this link:

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200

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