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Do migrants/minorities face disproportionate problems in accessing justice?

Key Area:
Policing - Law Enforcement - Justice
Racism, Discrimination
18/02/2012 - 12:11
Short Answer

Lack of data regarding complaints of racial discrimination and shortcomings in the effective use of mother tongue in judicial procedures by national minorities can be inferred.

Qualitative Info

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination identified in its 2010 Concluding Observations to Romania two aspects related to national minorities' access to justice. First, the Committee raises concerns with regards to the Government's not providing enough information on the complaints filed, prosecutions, court decisions and sanctions imposed in cases of racial discrimination, although the Government reported many legal avenues available for an alleged victim of racial discrimination. Second, the Committee recommended the State to take measures to ensure that the right to use mother tongue in judicial procedures at all levels is effectively implemented, including through the training of interpreters.


UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Concluding Observations to Romania, 27 August 2010, CERD/C/ROU/CO/16-19, pp.5-6, available at (accessed on 18.02.2012)

Groups affected/interested Roma & Travelers, Ethnic minorities, National minorities
Type (R/D) Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement
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