- Published in Empowerment of Roma communities
The Odesa appellate court made the first-instance court start the case of the Roma victims of pogroms in Loshchynivka.
On December 17, 2016 the delegation of human rights defenders visited the city of Zmiyiv and Shelud'kivka village, Kharkiv region. The visit was planned and focused on the detailed study of the situation around one of the Roma families, which the local residents threatened with eviction
The lawyer, head of the Roma Human Rights Center Volodymyr Kondur told about the first victory in the criminal case on antiRoma pogroms in the village of Loshchynivka, Odesa region, on 18 January 2016. The court reversed the decision of the investigator of Prosecutor's office on non-recognition of the Roma as victims.
Loschynivka Village Council (Odessa region) became one of the winners of anti-award "Discriminator - 2016". On December 10 in Kyiv the names of persons and organizations that during the year most grossly violated the principles of equality and non-discrimination in Ukraine were announced by Coalition for Combating Discrimination in Ukraine.
Children from Roma families forcibly evicted at the end of September 2016 from the village of Loshchynivka in Odesa region not only left without a roof over thier heads, but have to meet the cold season without warm clothes. Public activists urged to help the affected families.
Over 2 months passed since anti-Roma pogroms were held in Loshchynivka. However, Roma families forcibly evicted from the settlement still have nowhere to live. Today no decision is adopted regarding the settlement of this problem, say human rights activists and once again claim a violation of human rights.
On September 8 the Coalition of Roma NGOs submitted an official letter to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. It comprises 2 following suggestions: to create an institution that will be responsible for the implementation of the Roma strategy 2020 and to consider the possibility of introducing a new post of Ombudsman for Roma minorities.
Youth started flashmob in response to anti-Roma events in Loshchynivka.
All Roma are exposed to forced eviction from Loshchynivka village (Izmail district of Odessa region). This demand of local residents was supported by Izmail District Council. Human rights defenders tell about human rights violations, incitement of the people and urge to act within the confines of the law.