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Is there evidence of differential sentencing?

Key Area:
Policing - Law Enforcement - Justice
Racism, Discrimination
16/01/2012 - 06:34
Short Answer

No data.

Qualitative Info

Because ethnicity is considered as sensitive data in the Hungarian data protection framework, and as such as it can not be indicated in judicial cases, there are no statistics on the issue. But according to the perception of human rights NGOs, Roma receive more severe sanctions than non-Roma in Hungary, which is illustrated by a recent child endangerment case: male members of a Roma family, living in deep poverty, went to the forest to collect wood for heating, and they were not just arrested by the police for committing a petty crime, but the father was also charged for endangering a minor’s moral development,  as he was accompanied by his 17 year-old son. The case is still pending, the defendant, who was sentenced to 14 months suspended prison on first instance, is represented by the Hungarian Civil Rights Union (Társaság a Szabadságjogokért -TASZ).

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