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Is there evidence of police violence against migrants/minorities in custody?

Key Area:
Policing - Law Enforcement - Justice
16/01/2012 - 06:27
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Qualitative Info

The last annual report of the Minority Rights Ombudsman (1) mentions the phenomenon of mutual distrust between the police and Roma communities, manifested in incidents, misconducts and complaints.  According to the experiences of the NGO Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities, police brutality towards Roma during investigation, especially during interrogation, still exists, but it is almost impossible for the victims to prove these crimes even if they have medical records of their injuries.(2)
According to ERRC, Roma women who suffer gender based violence often face multiple discrimination  and further victimisation when seeking help from police, and the distrust of police results in reluctance by Roma women to report incidents.(3)


(1)  Kállai, E (2011) Beszámoló a nemzeti és etnikai kisebbségi jogok országgyűlési biztosának tevékenységéről, 2010, Budapest, Országgyűlési Biztosok Hivatala, . p. 134. (last accessed: 12.01.2012)

(2) (3)Hungary – NGO Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, 11th session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council, November 2010, par. 2.2, (last accessed: 12.01.2012)


Groups affected/interested Roma & Travelers
Type (R/D) Anti-roma/zinghanophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement
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